Chicago has no shortage of cafes and coffee shops, but I'm always on the look out for a new place to kick back, catch up on emails, and get my caffeine buzz on. Filter Cafe, located in Wicker Park, has long been a favorite of mine... plenty of seating, spacious atmosphere, and a good menu. After moving to Noble Square a couple months ago, I decided it was time to explore other options. Just south of my neighborhood sits Sip Coffee House. The Yelp reviews had me excited, but I had to check this place out myself. So I did.
From Sip's Website:
In an old Italian barbershop in Chicago’s historic Grand & Ogden neighborhood, Sip opened its doors in 1999. Since then we’ve expanded, doubling our size, and now have two lush outdoor courtyards to sit and sip!
We proudly & exclusively serve Chicago founded, Intelligentsia coffee, a wide array of fine loose leaf teas & home made sweet & savory delights!
In a world of corporate coffee, the Sip staff prides itself on customer service & being one of the longest running independent coffeehouses’s in this great city!
Situated at the intersection of Grand and Ogden (1223 W Grand Ave), Sip is pretty convenient to get to from Milwaukee Avenue or the Blue Line. The Chicago or Grand Blue Line Blue Line stops get you pretty close, then you'll have about a 5 minute walk from either stop. This is a great alternative to more popular spots like Filter, Worm Hold, and New Wave - also situated along the path of the Blue Line train.
Indoor & Outdoor Seating
Sip is surprising large, offering plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Indoors, you have the option of the main floor or a second level lofted area. It was raining when I was there, so I didn't get to take advantage of their large outdoor garden in the back. I'll be back to try that out though.
Sip exclusively serves Chicago's own Intelligentsia coffee. If you've had coffee in Chicago before, chances are you've come across this stuff. If you haven't, try it... it's good.
I'm excited to have discovered this hidden gem, and I look forward to going back on both rainy days to enjoy the cozy interior, and sunny days for their garden.