Chicago >Food & Dining > Cafe Jumping Bean
1439 W 18th St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060841.857771 -87.662751
Monday To Friday From 06:00 AM To 10:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 08:00 AM To 08:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Pilsen (Lower West Side), West Side, Pilsen
Great for eating, NOT for studying – This cafe does have great food and friendly service; however, it is rather small and stuffy, and it is usually pretty packed. Although the management tries to discourage people from hanging out all day using the internet, half the time when I go in to eat I can't find a place to sit so I end up just taking food to go (and the food is really good, so it's worth it). As a grad student, I am always looking for places I can spend a few hours in, eating lunch, reading for awhile, working on-line, then having another cup of coffee, etc. (in other words, I eat and drink continually at a coffee shop; I don't want to sit at a table for 4 hours nursing 1 cup of coffee, but I like to go somewhere where I don't feel rushed to give up my seat as soon as I'm done). In my opinion, Efebos Internet Cafe also has great food (it's just around the corner on Blue Island) and is a much, much more comfortable place to spend an afternoon (it's spacious and has both more and larger tables than Jumping Bean). So, if you want to sit down for half an hour and eat, go to Jumping Bean, but if you want to linger (and not sweat- seriously, Jumping Bean gets super hot in the summer) then go to Efebos.
The best coffee shop in Chicago. – This place is a hold-out, an oasis even. Nobody rushes you, the servers are friendly, the prices are cheap. They'll spot you change if you don't have it (pay later, even), and the food is delicious. The high-speed wireless is free, and it's quiet enough that you can work, but friendly enough that you can chat with people at other tables, and the servers really seem to enjoy working there (a rarity among coffee shops). The deserts could use some work, but the sandwiches (particularly the veggie burger) are a steal, and best of all, the place gets a great mix of locals, artists, hipsters, and yuppies, not to mention the occasional on-duty cop.
Editorial Review – Pilsen coffee house is home to artists, students and professionals.
Hidden Treasure – Pilsen has become one of my new favorite neighborhoods - there is so much life, culture, and love that exudes from the community and CJB pretty much embodies those qualities. The artwork is everywhere - from the toilet seat in the bathroom, to the tables, to all the walls. The service is great. Even when it gets pretty busy, ppl there never fail to smile. The food is excellent: the works pizza - a mish mash of fresh veggies, pepperoni, cheese on foccacia bread, the chili con carne (esp with some hot sauce), and the almond chocolate muffin.
chocolate mexicano – I love the mexican hot chocolate. It is not champurrado! Great morning bagel with cucumber, tomatoe & cream cheese. Want to play a game of chess? Grab the board. There are several.
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