A buncha worth-your-time, blue line-adjacent spots.
Charmingly minuscule bar w/ gigantic, STRONG cocktails! The marg is famous, the gimlet should be & the Old Fashioned is brandy-soaked bliss.
It's all about nostalgia here. Nothing's particularly gourmet, but portions shareable and crowd-pleasing. Good for kiddos. Service is brisk.
Can't get in to Big Star or Violet Hour? This is a pretty great consolation prize. Work your way down the martini list.
I'd like to marry this coffee shop, or at least its namesake drink, the Ipsento. It's laced w/ cayenne & coconut milk & just delish. Free wifi & a comfy spot to hang.
The Bluebird/Webster's Wine Bar crew knows it's wine...but they also cook up some killer grub. Stick to small plates, and try the frog legs if they're on the menu.
By far the most adorable storefront in the city. Plan to Bring your laptop & stay awhile. Pies are great, of course, but do NOT overlook the buttery biscuits.
This is a dinner spot to most, but brunch is a thing of beauty. Love the Greek yogurt panda cotta and the popcorn grits!
Sprawling, comfy work space perfect for laptoppers. Cool artwork & artsy vibe. Serious espresso bevs, pastries & lots of vegan options.
Welcoming for all levels. Clean, bright space. Buy a package to save some cash.
Be bold & taste the wacky-sounding meaty plates; they're indulgent & delish. Dinner's always a zoo, so I love the dialed-down brunch.
Expertly crafted drinks and a welcoming crew of baristas make this the ideal spot to wait for the Chicago bus or the Blue Line. Love the real-time bus- and train tracker.