Working from home can be a wonderful thing, in part because your commute isn’t long, and you can work, if you so choose, in your pajamas. But sometimes you just want to pull on those pants, and get outside and out the door. To help you stay focused and get stuff done, find a wonderful cafe or restaurant that offers a great environment. Another must-have when working remotely is Wi-Fi, of course. And all five of these great lunch and cafe spots have that, and much more.
J.P. Graziano Grocery
901 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
For one of the best Italian sub sandwiches in the city, which it has been since it opened in 2007, head to the West Loop to the popular J.P. Graziano Grocery. But don’t let the “grocery” in the name fool you. The shop/cafe has added an outdoor and shaded patio, perfect for those who are looking to get some work done.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Take a stroll through the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) before setting up shop at Puck’s Cafe (admission is free on Tuesdays). Lunch is available from 11 to 2:30 p.m., but snacks are available the rest of the time the museum is open. Enjoy that bite to eat either in the indoor cafe or out on the outdoor Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden, offering a beautiful view of some sculptures.
1447 N. Sedgwick Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
This cozy and quiet cafe in Old Town just one block from the brown line offers plenty of seating to choose from and to spend the whole day. That’s because you’ll feel like you’re at home with its comfortable decor and welcoming staff. Grab a piping hot cup of coffee (made with Intelligentsia or Passion House), as well as tea in a fabulous unique mug, as well as a bagel or sandwich, and then get to work surrounded by others doing the same.
Currency Exchange Cafe
305 E. Garfield Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60637
Situated in Washington Park on the southside of Chicago, this cafe is located in an old currency exchange, hence its name. But it has a distinct artist vibe, especially given that the owner is heavily involved in the arts himself. With its welcoming atmosphere, it’s a great place to get some work done, all while enjoying breakfast all day. But if you don’t have a hankering for a breakfast sandwich, lunch starts at 11am, and many of the dishes have a comfort food spin, all enjoyed alongside a coffee of course. And if you need a break from work, they’ve got plenty of books to choose from too.
1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
If you don’t find the sight of a Delorean distracting, this coffee and pastry spot in Wicker Park is a great place to cozy up and get some things done. But get there early because with its 80s and 90s decor, along with wonderful coffee options, it tends to fill up and stay busy the whole day through, even with its plethora of tables and chairs. To help keep you full while you work for however long you wish, they serve a range of pastries, like some delicious scones with a variety of flavors.
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Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.