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Fuel Up at These Great Coffee Shops in Downtown Chicago


Whether you need a quick-pick-me up between classes or you’re looking for a social study space that also serves a good cup of joe, downtown Chicago has plenty of what you’re looking for. Check out these great coffee spots, curated by the Arc at Old Colony team.

Goddess & The Baker

Make no mistake about it, this delightful cafe on South Wabash Avenue is every bit as heavenly as its name implies. They carry a full menu of classic coffee drinks, including lattes, mochas, and macchiatos. You can also grab a bite to eat while you’re there – you’ll find everything you could dream of for a simple, delicious breakfast or lunch. We recommend the Sunrise Burrito, Caprese Omelette, or Garden Goddess Wrap. And at less than a mile from Arc at Old Colony, grabbing coffee to go should only take a few minutes out of your day.


Also less than a mile away, on East Randolph near Millenium Park, Intelligentsia has an inviting, modern atmosphere that is filled with the luscious aroma of their amazing coffee blends. Best of all, you can enjoy your kick of caffeine either by the cup or by the bag, and brew up a pot in your own apartment. Check out their seasonal blends like Summer Solstice, as well as their classic single brews like Peru Vista Alegre, featuring notes of apple, honey, and milk chocolate.

Sawada Coffee

Warm and inviting with its stained wood and distressed brick interior, Sawada Coffee is just the place to spend a few hours working on a paper, practicing your ping-pong, or playing a game of classic pinball. Founded by Hiroshi Sawada, a “world-renowned barista and latte art expert,” Sawada’s menu is simple and classic, featuring cappuccinos, mochas, Americanos, lattes, and more, as well as a selection of teas and matcha lattes. Grab a sweet treat while you’re there – Sawada Coffee carries delicious camouflage doughnuts made by Doughnut Vault.

Dollop Coffee Co.

Make the short walk to this coffee shop anytime you need a jolt – their Dearborn location is just across Van Buren from Arc at Old Colony. Here, you’ll find a full espresso bar serving up all the classics, as well as special treats like a Nutella mocha and Mexican hot chocolate. They also serve pastries, sandwiches, and bagels. If you prefer to brew your own, be sure to pick up one of their unique instant blends.

Check out Arc at Old Colony’s Neighborhood page to discover other great places to visit in our area.


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