coffee lab roasters

a low key, minimal-industrial neighborhood coffee spot

Coffee Lab Roasters is the kind of unassuming neighborhood coffee shop that you’d only know about if you happened upon it. It’s simple, comfortable, inviting. It’s just spacious enough, but still cozy. The clientele is made up of what seems to be mostly regulars, most likely people who live nearby, on a quieter stretch of Lincoln Ave where Lincoln Park and Lakeview meet.

Like most coffee shops in Chicago, Coffee Lab Roasters is hipster enough to take coffee seriously (you can see the “lab” itself through a window in the back), but still approachable. They serve up their own roasts, a selection of teas and local pastries (from pHlour Bakery in Edgewater, and donuts from Downstate). There are plenty of tables and outlets and it’s never too crowded, making it a great place to catch up with work, or catch up with friends.

the details

Address2823 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Hours7am – 2pm weekdays, 8am – 1pm Saturday, closed Sunday
Price$$ – pretty standard for 3rd wave cafes in the city, most drinks are $4-5
Aestheticpretty simple and minimal, a little industrial, a little weird science-y aesthetic

good to know

Go here for: a quiet place for coffee 

Order this: cold brew (made with their Yama Cold Drip Tower), they also have a lot of fun seasonal drinks (coffee and otherwise) 

Amount of time to spend: it’s a good spot to linger for a while, work for an afternoon 

When to come: pretty low key whenever, and usually a consistent stream of to-go orders in the morning 

Getting here: it’s a couple blocks away from the Diversey brown/purple line station

Other things to note: 

  • They have free wifi and plenty of outlets, so it’s perfect for getting some work done.
  • Doughnuts are only available Fridays and Saturdays.

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: August 2020

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