The 10 Best Coffee Shops In Lakeview, Chicago

Benita Gingerella

Located on the North Side, Lakeview is one of Chicago’s biggest neighborhoods. As such, the neighborhood offers plenty in terms of cafés, ensuring that coffee lovers will be able to find their new favorite hang out spot with their favorite brew. Here’s 10 of our favorite.


1. Heritage Bicycles


Inside of Heritage Bicycles
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It’s safe to say that Heritage Bicycles is the only place in the city where you can repair or buy a bike and grab some coffee or tea while you wait. This unique concept was developed by Mike and Melissa Salvator and features a full coffee bar with a bike repair shop and retail store in the back. The café offers plenty of seating inside as well as spacious outdoor seating during the warmer months. If you want to have some pastries with your coffee or tea, come in early, as they often sell out by mid-afternoon.

2. Emerald City Coffee Shop

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Outside of Emerald City Coffee Shop
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Emerald City is located directly under the Sheridan stop on the Red Line. Aside from the occasional train, the café is actually very quiet and is a great place to grab some coffee and get work done during the day. At night, the café often holds live entertainment such as stand up comedy and live music. Along with coffee and tea, Emerald City also offers soup and sandwiches

3. Yefseis Café

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Cup of Coffee at Yefseis
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Yefseis is a Greek café located on Halsted. Along with traditional coffee, Yefseis offers delicious authentic baked goods (their pitas are imported from Greece) and Greek coffee drinks, such as the Greek frappé. The owner and staff are friendly and available to answer any questions that customers have.

4. Osmium Coffee Bar

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Agave Latte at Osmium
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Osmium is a café just off the CTA Belmont Stop and features a relaxed atmosphere with funky artwork on the walls. The café serves a wide selection of coffee and tea based drinks. Favorites include the Mayan mocha and the agave latte. The baristas are super knowledgeable and friendly. Likewise, Osmium sees a lot of regular customers who all seem to know the baristas and each other.

5. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

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Outside of Bow Truss
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Bow Truss is another popular coffee shop chain located throughout the city. Their Lakeview location was the first ever and is currently the hub for their coffee education classes as well as the main café where their beans are roasted.

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