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Topic: Coffee shops in Chicago (11 msgs / 189 lines)
1) From: Aaron Boothe
I'm heading to Chicago for spring break.  I plan on going to both of the
Intelligentsia cafes.  Does anyone have any other recommendations?
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2) From: Sandy Andina
There are three Intelligentsia cafes--two downtown (SE Loop--Monadnock  
Bldg. on Jackson & Dearborn, just E. of the Loop on Randolph near  
Michigan across from Millennium Park, and in Lakeview, on Broadway 2  
bl. s. of Belmont).  Additionally, they do tours of the roasting works  
and training center on the near NW side between River North and  
Ukranian Village. You should also visit Metropolis, on W. Granville  
just w. of Kenmore (2 bl. e. of the CTA Red Line  Granville station).  
They do have a small parking lot adjacent, but maneuvering is tight if  
there is a space available.  Also, in Evanston on Central St. just w.  
of Lincolnwood  Dr. is Casteel & Co., which was roasting daily even  
before there was an Intelligentsia (Casteel started as Harvest Blend,  
which roasted 1/4-1 lb. at a time to order). Casteel is the smallest,  
serving espresso but more of a retail shop than a cafe. Metropolis was  
recently voted the nation's top small-volume roaster in the same poll  
that named Intelligentsia the best large-volume one.
On Mar 13, 2008, at 1:46 PM, Aaron Boothe wrote:
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3) From: Paul Goelz
At 07:38 PM 3/13/2008, you wrote:
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My goodness, that brings back memories!  I think I bought my first 
greens from them back in maybe 1994 when I lived in Evanston and 
roasted in a wok.
Paul
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4) From: Bill
Sandy, breaking my heart, I had friends who lived at Kenmore and Granville a
decade ago when we were undergrads at Loyola... I wasn't into coffee then,
but still... oh well, hoping to get out to chi-town this summer, will make
some coffee stops a must.  thanks for the info.bill
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5) From: Sandy Andina
I live four and a half blocks southwest--we were neighbors and didn't  
even know it. I wasn't into serious espresso a decade ago--had moved  
from an Estro Profi that gave up the ghost to a Capresso Ultima (cute  
little thing that looked like R2D2 and made coarse foam and so-so  
espresso),  But I was very much into freshly roasted beans, and was  
buying mine mostly from Casteel.
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6) From: Bill
Interesting, Sandy.  I was placing you further north, like evanston, or
maybe even further west, like Des Plaines, just from the posts.  And those
were friends at Granville, I always liked living further north along
Sheridan Rd or a bit west...  When did Metropolis go into biz?  B/C if it
was there then, I'll be sick... well, no more sick than I normally was in
that part of the city... but that would be a huge bummer to me now...bill
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7) From: Sandy Andina
AFAIK, Metropolis is only about six years old.
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8) From: Bill
Good, I can sleep well tonight.  But again, thanks for the heads-up, I'll be
stopping in if I can get out to chicago this summer.bill
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9) From: Aaron Boothe
Thanks for all of the phenomenal info.  I would never have known about those
shops and would have been sad to miss them.  Thanks for the directions to
them as well.  I'll be staying with some Chicago natives and I'm sure they
know where all those streets are.
I really appreciate the information!
Aaron B
P.S - I only going to be there for 4 days...5 coffee shops...4 days...I'm
going to be buzzed.  :)
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10) From: Paul Goelz
At 08:43 AM 3/14/2008, you wrote:
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What about the No Exit?  Do they still have any sort of presence?  I 
guess they merged with the Heartland Cafe?  I don't recall their 
coffee from back that far but I sure hung out there a lot in the 
70s.  The incarnation on Lunt at Glenwood, that is.
Paul
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11) From: Sandy Andina
Sadly, No Exit is no more, except as an occasional special-event or  
limited-run performance space. The espresso machine's been dismantled.  
It went downhill when the Kozins retired and gave it to their kids,  
who essentially ran it into the ground and had to sell it for taxes;  
Michael James of the Heartland bought it. For awhile they had an open  
mic and live music shows, and the usual array of coffees and teas, but  
they couldn't make a go of it. There is a new shop across Lunt from  
the Heartland (wish I could remember the name) but I have yet to try  
it--I saw burlap sacks of beans on the floor while they were setting  
up the place but don't know if they were greens or already roasted  
(from the size of the sacks I sure hope they were greens).  Also, on  
Greenview & Morse is a fairly new place called Common Cup, a full- 
service espresso bar (I think they serve Intelly) with a small  
performance room for Friday night shows. (Tip jar only, and the tips  
go to the shop's community-based charity of the month; the artists  
keep merch sales).  Very nice place, spanking clean and good drinks of  
course. The Heartland now has music several nights a week, with the  
artist's choice of tips or cover.
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