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Coffeehouses & Unique Eateries of Chicago

A September 2004 trip to Chicago by Sierra

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Quote: Whatever you call it: Java, cuppa joe, the buzz, or just plain coffee, there are plenty of places in Chicago to grab a cup of that magic black liquid while kicking back and relaxing. Beyond coffeehouses, Chicago is home to some highly interesting and unique eateries. Come explore!

Metropolis Coffee Co.

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Restaurant | "Metropolis Coffee"

Metropolis Coffee Co. Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Near Loyola University's main campus is a gem of a coffeehouse that would make even the Friends bunch happy to hang out at - Metropolis Coffee. Today, "coffee" is too synonymous with "Starbucks." And nothing against the Seattle java giant, but my belief is that the very best coffeehouse experiences are to be had in the local coffeehouses, where the atmosphere can be stylish but eclectic, the staff takes a genuine interest in getting to know the regulars, and the quality is consistent without being cookie-cutter. Metropolis captures this perfectly, making itself a welcome oasis in the heart of an up-and-coming neighborhood. M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Metropolis Coffee Co.
1039 W. Granville Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 764-0400

Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe"

Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe Photo, Chicago, Illinois
The concept is almost absurdedly simple: for the love of cereal. Not just any cereal, mind you, although you can certainly order up a bowl of your favorite brand. But for the celebration of all that cereal is and can be, and for the individual "cerealist" within each of us, along comes Cereality, which recently made its debut in Chicago. (Previous locations include Philadelphia, PA, and Tempe, AZ.) Most people would not think of cereal beyond cereal + liquid + bowl = eat. But the creators of Cereality did, and they provided a menu that works much along the lines of a make-your-own-ice-cream-concoction store. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2005

Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe
100 S. Wacker (at Monroe)
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 506-0010