The loss of hip java shop Filter in Wicker Park was as disappointing as realizing your brew was actually decaf. But ever since its reopening back in 2010, it’s been back to business as usual. Putting the "j" in java, partners Jeff Linnane and Jeff Stella didn't stray too far from the old concept (laid-back and loungey), and why should they? With a loyal following of dedicated "sipsters" participating in everything from reading to knitting, we don’t blame them.
If you’re making an afternoon out of your visit, there is plenty of food options beyond bagels and muffins (think sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads) to keep you sustained. And with free W-Fi, it’s a great home away from home office — if you can score one of the cozy couches or arm chairs, that is.
Filter, 1373-75 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Wood and Paulina streets); 773-904-7819.
Photo by Cara Hunt