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.
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
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Last visited: August 2019
Last updated: August 2020