When choosing a place to sit down and get some damn work done it is important to keep 3 things in mind. Coffee, food and booze. Below is Platform’s guide to surviving the work week at our Wicker Park location. Trust us on these, we’ve actually given them a try!


Scone City is definitely a top contender among Platform members. Don’t come in hungry or uncaffeinated, because the room will be filled with the smell of their scones and coffee. Our recommendation: the lemon blueberry scone with an iced coffee OR nitro coffee, honey lavender latte, the list could go on and on. Basically try it all, you will not regret it!

Scone City

Intelligentsia, located right across the street is basically a no brainer. We serve their coffee here, but sometimes a walk across the street is necessary to get some fresh air. Our recommendation: the Limelight is the most refreshing summer drink with cold brew, lime juice, a little simple syrup and tonic. Sounds exotic, right?


Falafel & Grill offers fresh and healthy food options, whether it be for lunch or grabbing dinner on your way home. If you are looking for delicious Mediterranean grub, look no further than down Milwaukee near the Jewel Osco! Our recommendation: the chicken shawarma plate is to die for. You won’t be left hungry with this entree.

5411 Empanadas is absolutely a favorite among Wicker Park locals. A great option for group lunches! You get what looks like a pizza box with different shaped empanadas to distinguish each type. Just don’t forget what you ordered! Our recommendation: Everything. But if we have to choose our top 3 here they are: malbec beef, bbq chicken and mac & cheese.

5411 Empanadas


The Up & Up is the rooftop bar located in the Robey hotel right in the heart of Wicker Park. Some weeks just call for a “treat yo self” drink as Donna and Tommy from Parks and Rec would say. The cocktails are amazing and the views are even better. Possibly the only place outside of the Loop where you get to see the Chicago skyline. Our recommendation: obviously all of them, but Duck Fried Rice is like drinking chinese food, don’t ask just try it.

The Up & Up

Tapster, perfect if your group is opinionated on what they want to drink or you want to try a lot of beers and wines until you find something you like. It’s self serve! Get a Tapster card and pour as much or as little as you want of everything. Our recommendation: everything, isn’t that the point?

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