Let’s face it: if you’re planning on attending a music festival in Chicago this summer, chances are, at some point, you’re going to need a good cup of coffee.
Maybe you’ll need some coffee to fuel yourself for a day of drinking and dancing to some of your favorite bands in the sun, or maybe you’ll just need it to nurse away your hangover from the previous evening. Regardless, here are some suggestions for you, based on proximity to various festivals hosted in the city this summer.
Union Park: Pitchfork Festival July 18–20 and North Coast Music Festival August 29–31
With a rotating selection of local roasters, Ugly Mug keeps things fresh, local and exciting. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the “Butter Coffee,” which is blended to order with grass-fed butter and agave syrup.
Nice and close to festival grounds, Philadelphia-born La Colombe features its own locally-roasted blends and single origin coffees. Try getting your coffee brewed on the Alphadominche Steampunk brewer.
Grant Park: Lollapalooza August 1–3
This newly opened café just off the Jackson Blue line stop serves Metropolis coffee and baked goods, and sandwiches from Hoosier Mama pie company. They also offer ample seating room and a self-serve sparkling water tap so you can fill up your water-bottle in style
A small but classic Intelligentsia location in the historic Monadnock building–it's a little hidden, so you may luck out and miss some of the crowds of festival-goers elsewhere. Try the feature espresso, or their range of drip coffee offerings. Selections for both vary daily.
If you need a fix Sunday, there is also Intelligentsia's busy Millenium Park location (53 East Randolph Street), just a block off the park.
Humboldt Park: Riot Fest September 12–14
Caffe Streets has long been a Chicago specialty mainstay, featuring their own Metric Coffee and a rotating selection of other roasters. Caffe Streets employees make a mean cappuccino, and for those festival ultra-hangovers, you can also order your cold brew “neat”—all concentrate, no ice.
The flagship location for Dark Matter Coffee, Star Lounge was one of the first specialty cafes in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Try one of their Latin-inspired lattes, which feature spices such as cayenne, habanero and rosemary.
Regardless of which festival you’re enjoying, if you’re planning to go to any of the after-shows hosted at Wicker Park’s famous Double Door but still need one last pick-me-up, head to The Wormhole Coffee located at 1462 North Milwaukee Ave, which stays open daily until 11pm. Consider a pour-over of one of their rotating guest roasters, or a Koopa Troopa Peanut Butter Chocolate latte.
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Emily Machura is a Journalism student at Columbia College Chicago. This is her first feature for Sprudge.com.
All photos by Emily Machura unless noted.