gaslight coffee roasters

hipster coffee in hipster central

Ah Logan Square, the Echo Park of Chicago. And like Echo Park, there’s no shortage of hipster cafés in this neighborhood. And Gaslight Coffee Roasters is one of them. Unlike the LA hipster coffee shop counterparts, though, Gaslight isn’t flooded with screenwriters and freelance creatives. Like most independent coffee shops in Chicago, despite the quality coffee and free wifi and outlets, it’s usually not hard to snag a table at Gaslight.


Inside, the cafe looks the part: brick walls, vintage-y wallpaper, industrial shabby-chic furnishings and rustic animal paraphernalia mounted on the walls. It feels homey in a cabin-turned-cafe kind of way. But most importantly they roast their own beans so you know they know what’s up. They also have a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu (in addition to a tempting pastry case) so you can grab a bite with your coffee.

the details

Address2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Hours7am to 7pm weekdays, 8am to 7pm weekends
Price$$ – standard third wave coffee prices
Aestheticrustic chic, like the interior design equivalent of a handlebar mustache 

good to know

Go here for: a coffee run or a coffee catch up if you’re ever in the area

Order this: coffee the way you take it, and a pastry because you deserve it

Amount of time to spend: great for something to go or to sit around for a bit

When to come: earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon tend to be more chill if you’re looking to stay for a while

Getting here: about a 5 min walk from the California station on the blue line, also close to the 74 and 56 buses depending on which direction you’re going.

Other things to note: 

  • They have free wifi and a decent amount of seating which makes it a solid place to set up shop for a bit.
  • They are also a wholesale coffee roaster, and do coffee bean subscriptions for brewing at home.

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: June 2020

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