Chicago is full of great coffee shops for every taste. Some are loved for their creative menus, quirky themes, charming ambiance, or acoustic live music, but if you’re looking for the best places to work remotely in Chicago near River North, these coffee shops are worth checking out. Whether you tend to have trouble finding an open seat, want to find a (somewhat) quiet, work-conducive environment, or want a place where you can really camp out and dig into your work, we’ve got you covered!
If you can never find a seat:
Blue Bottle Coffee at Wolf Point East
The quality of latte at Blue Bottle is second to none, but that’s not what makes it one of the best places to work remotely in Chicago. With so many people working from home or remotely, it can be hard to find a spot at a coffee shop these days. Blue Bottle has ample seating on either side of the cafe area, as well as a reservable private conference room for your in person meetings or if you’re looking for a place to take a Zoom call. Additionally, Blue Bottle Coffee has outdoor seating along the river with some really stunning views of the city (and WiFi, of course).
If you need some peace and quiet:
Nomad River North
At first glance, Nomad may appear to be just a (fantastic) boutique where you can find artisan jewelry and candles, clean beauty products, and cashmere. Once you make your way through the retail space, you’ll find a Parisian inspired cafe with fresh pasties, assorted chocolates, lattes, and matcha drinks. There’s a somewhat private feeling co-working space just to the left of the cafe area. Nomad staff and thoughtfully placed signage encourages customers to be courteous with their volume and it tends to be a relatively quiet place to work. There’s a private conference room off of the co-working space which is reservable in half hour increments if you want a spot all to yourself.
Nomad River North is certainly one of the best places to work remotely in Chicago.
If you don’t want to interrupt your flow:
Edie’s All Day Cafe
Edie’s in River North categorizes itself as a “third space”– a place to hang out or work besides home and the office. It makes great use of it’s prime Wells Street space by operating as a coffee and breakfast spot in the morning, a lunch place mid day, and a wine bar in the evening. Signature favorites include the charcoal latte, the pitaya colada smoothie, and truffle flatbread.
The best part– because of Edie’s long hours and all day menu, it’s a great spot to work remotely because unlike many other coffee shops that close at 2 or 3pm, you won’t have to interrupt your work flow mid afternoon to find a new spot. You also won’t need to go far if you feel like a quick lunch break.
Edie’s All Day Cafe is located in the retail space of Marlowe Apartments on Wells Street.
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