We opened Platform Coworking Wicker Park in 2014 and, among many other benefits of living in this thriving neighborhood of Chicago, we immensely enjoy being at the epicenter of this city’s specialty coffee movement. There’s a shop for every style within walking distance of our coworking location—visit them all!

Bake Chicago: 2246 W. North Ave., 773-384-7655

A bit off the beaten path, Bake offers sweets and pastries that are baked fresh daily. Founded and operated by husband-and-wife team, Eric and Jennifer Estrella. It’s a great place for a meeting since it’s not as packed as other Wicker Park coffee shops—but it should be.

Buzz: Killer Espresso: 1644 N. Damen Ave., 773-366-8377

This dedicated-to-the-craft-of-coffee shop is fresh off a significant remodel that’s made it an even more comfortable spot to hang out or get some work done. They take their coffee seriously. Expect to find rare and hard to find specialty coffees, expertly prepared right in front of you. There are also a few sidewalk tables, perfect for savoring your drink in fair weather. They also have a nice assortment of specialty coffee merchandise and are quick with advice as to how to use it. www.buzzkillerespresso.com

Caffe Streets: 1750 W. Division St., 773-278-2739

Enjoy the fruits of a variety of brewing methods and well-trained staff at this refined shop situated amongst the hustle and bustle of West Division Street. Need a quick espresso? This is the spot for you. caffestreets.com

DAVIDsTEA: 1645 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-9737

This spot takes its tea seriously to say the least. More than 150 teas and infusions mean that it’s a great space to learn the joys of tea. They also offer free samples and tours to aid you in doing so. davidstea.com

Filter Cafe: 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-904-7819

Perhaps the largest coffee shop in Wicker Park, Filter Café’s sprawling environs are filled with well-spaced (and comfortable) vintage furniture. In addition to their beverage offerings, they also offer a well-executed, straightforward menu—perfect for a working lunch. Filter Cafe on Facebook

Gallery Café: 1760 W. North Ave., 773-252-8228

This no-frills shop has been around since the early days of Wicker Park’s gentrification. Their coffee menu and preparation are both solid and they offer milkshakes, malts and smoothies as well. They also cater, so check them out if you need to order in for an important meeting at Platform Coworking Wicker Park. www.gallerycafechicago.com

Intelligentsia Coffee: 1609 W. Division St., 773-516-5833

A leader in Chicago’s craft coffee roaster scene, Intelligentsia recently opened this location, it’s seventh in the Chicago area. They’re one of the pioneers of specialty coffee in Chicago and we strongly suggest picking up some of their beans to enjoy at home. www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/wickerpark

Ipsento: 2035 N. Western Ave., 773-904-8177

Ipsento isn’t a large shop, but their in-store-roasted beans (watch them roast: their roaster sits right inside the front door) are huge when it comes to flavor. They take the making of each drink very seriously and that comes across in the form of meticulously constructed and immediately obvious flavor. They also offer coffee classes so you can learn while you drink. ipsento.com

La Colombe Coffee: 1552 N. Damen Ave., 872-829-3681

One of the newest specialty coffee shops in Wicker Park, La Colombe is a much respected roaster and has found a second home in Chicago. Expect perfectly prepared beverages and a very professional, friendly staff. Located right next to the Blue Line Damen “El” stop, its also convenient. www.lacolombe.com

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee: 1560 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-7386

The coffee here comes in second place to the fresh-made donuts for which Stan’s is known. This is a great place to pick up a dozen doughnuts for a meeting in our Wicker Park coworking space. Expect straight forward donuts and more exotic flavors. www.stansdonutschicago.com

Wormhole Coffee: 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-661-2468

Often ranked as one of the very best coffee shops in Chicago, Wormhole has gained their sterling reputation by putting a premium on training their staff in the science of coffee. If you’re a fan of the culture of the 1980s, you’ll be in heaven here. From the full-size Back To The Future-style Delorean to countless pieces of memorabilia spread throughout the shop, you’ll find something new that reminds you of that decade every time you visit. They also roast their own coffee now via their sister business, HalfWit Coffee. www.thewormhole.us

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