I know what you’re thinking, “Benita, if this is eating around Chicago, why in the world are you highlighting a bicycle shop?” Easy. Unlike most bicycle shops, Heritage Bicycles has an added coffee shop component that you don’t notice until you walk in. After stumbling upon it one day, it has become one of my favorite coffee shops in the city and one of my favorite places to get work done. Heritage has everything one wants in a coffee shop: great coffee and food, spacious seating, good music, and the wifi passcode on every table.
- Name: Heritage Bicycles
- Neighborhood: Lakeview
- Address: 2959 N Lincoln Ave.
- Website: www.heritagebicycles.com
- Nearby: Athenaeum Theatre
- Price: $ AKA, typical neighborhood coffee shop prices
- Great for: Getting work done, bike repairs, when you want a good cup of coffee
- What to order: Cold brew coffee, cappuccino, latte with a shot of hazelnut or lavendar syrup, any of their pastries.
All their food is locally sourced. In particular, their pastries from Southport Grocery are fantastic and pair well with Heritage’s coffee. I’ve never had a bad pastry here. My favorites include the red velvet donut, cinnamon roll, and chocolate chip scone. If you’re looking for something more savory, they also have sandwiches.
In terms of coffee, I really like their cold brew as well as their iced lattes. If I’m treating myself, I’ll also add in a shot of hazelnut or lavender syrup. All of their syrups are homemade and taste amazing, especially when mixed with their iced coffees. During the colder months, a cappuccino complete with cute heart coffee foam art is the way to go.
Also, can we talk about how they serve their cold coffee in custom made mason jars? This place was born to be plastered all over Pinterest.
While you’re waiting for your coffee to be made, you can also pen the next great American novel by using the typewriter on the counter. I wasn’t sure if it actually worked or if it was just for show until I walked in one day and saw a guy typing away.
If you’re planning on drinking multiple cups of coffee or would rather have a plain old cup of joe, Heritage Bicycles also offers a pay as much as you want coffee option located right next to their coffee pickup counter. They suggest $3 for your first cup and $1 for refills.
In the back, they have a small store where you can buy bike gear and clothing as well as a bike shop used for bicycle repairs. While Heritage Bicycle’s coffee is on par with your average neighborhood coffee shop, their bikes can cost a pretty penny. Although, when your bikes are all custom hand made in Chicago, and is the bike of choice for Beyonce, I guess you can afford to charge more.
What other coffee shops have you been to in the city? Let me know in the comments!