Sip Coffee House
"For someone who needs that first cup of coffee to function, Sip is a little slice of heaven. They serve the finest brewed cup of coffee in the city. Whether I want brewed or iced coffee, chai, lattes or espresso, they never disappoint me. And none of that boring Starbucks-y 'will that be a venti?' The servers actually speak to you." -- Nick L.
Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters and Tea Blenders
"This place is great! When I moved farther west I was sad I couldn't frequent it anymore. It's homey, comfortable and the staff is wonderful. The coffee is yummy. Very good lattes!" -- Elle N.
Kopi--A Traveler's Cafe
"Best coffee shop in Chicago. Vegetarian-only cuisine is surprisingly delicious. Desserts are excellent; try the carrot cake. Coffee and tea selection can't be beat. Servers add to the colorful atmosphere. Musical selection is eclectic; you can sit for hours working or reading." -- John C.
Hilary's Urban Eatery
"I love having this place in my neighborhood. The back patio is beautiful and the decor inside is creative and comfortable. The food is good and the coffee is great (I especially dig the colored sugar!). This is a great place to start your day." -- S.M.
"I only stopped in for a cappucino and a cigar because of a sign out front. It was a very nice place to relax with a big screen TV, leather chairs and good coffee." -- Marc R.
"I work next door and bought a Java Java mug for $5 and refilled it for a reduced fee all month. The space is really modern and comfortable. The coffee and pastries are phenomonal!" -- Iesha J.
"I feel like I'm part of the 'Friends' cast when they all hang out at Central Perk. Iguana Cafe has the same atmosphere. You sip your coffee, light a cigarette and chat with friends. If you don't have friends, you can log on to the Cafe computer (available to all of their customers for a small fee) and find friends." -- Jamie M.
"The food and atmosphere are second to none. This restaurant epitomizes the experience of eating out in Chicago. I highly recommend a cup of coffee with a blueberry crepe (when in season) for dessert. You'll find nothing more amazing!" -- Scott H.
Pick Me Up
"It's such a versatile place! You can get a late-night bite or just chill with a cup of yummy hot mocha. The menu offers healthy, but mouth-watering variations of anything from appetizers to big hearty meals. Try a vegan rice krispy layered in chocolate. For the amount and quality of food you get, you'll never cry over the price." -- Melissa C.
El Faro Restaurant
"They have the best coffee and great veggie dishes." -- Rachael D.
-- Compiled by Christine Badowski
Originally published April 8, 2003.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times