So much more than a coffee shop, Ch’ava serves up some really great food that changes on a seasonal basis — no prepackaged, preservative-laden fare here. We are currently obsessed with the house- made cashew butter, fig jam, and melted Gruyère sammie on sourdough — trust, it’s amazing. When it comes to atmosphere, there’s a ton of space, making it perfect for studying, working (the Wi-Fi is pretty speedy), or planning your next vacation. Huge windows with natural sunlight will keep your mood elevated during the winter doldrums, too. As for the coffee, you’ll find all of the usual suspects, but the clover machine gives it that extra punch we love.
Ch’ava Café, 4656 North Clark Street (between Wilson and Leland avenues); 773-942-6763.
Photo by Lauren Schiappa