Ready Coffee in Wicker Park is the brainchild of recent grad Adam Banks, who based his senior business plan on (you guessed it) coffee — but not just any kind of coffee. We're talking high-quality brews with a price point of just $1 to $3 a cup. To make this dream a reality, Banks tapped bean expert Greg Stivers to create the shops' 10 global all-Arabica coffee blends that can be enjoyed as hot or iced (with coffee cubes) pour-overs — single cups of coffee made using special drip filters. And when it comes to eats, nothing goes better with coffee than doughnuts — in this case, Dinkle's (diet be damned!).
Those looking to get a little work done will be thrilled to find numerous power outlets, super high-speed Internet, and numerous table configurations (including a large community option) that can be arranged into two-tops, four-tops, or more. But hear this: If you take anything with you — aside from your joe-to-go — get yourself a $5 piece of art from the Art-o-Mat machine. The refurbished vintage cigarette vending machine dispenses small pieces of art (wrapped in cigarette boxes) for just $5 each. Try finding that at a chain shop.
Ready Coffee, 1562 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Damen and North avenues); 773-360-7041.
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