Subway: Red to Lawrence(773) 942-6763 chavacafe.com41.966871 -87.667091 4656 N Clark St (at Leland Ave) Ravenswood, Chicago
Mon–Fri 7am–10pm; Sat, Sun 8am–10pmAverage cup of coffee: $3.50
The young owners of Ch’ava have taken an awkwardly shaped, whitewashed space and turned it into a coffee shop of serious distinction. It begins with the service, which is friendly and usually geeked out over the coffees of the day—a rotating menu of beans that are brewed per cup with a Clover machine. What, you thought the Clover craze was over? You’re not wrong—when Starbucks bought the company that makes the exacting, temperature-controlled machines, they all but disappeared from indie shops. But Ch’ava’s coffee makes a good argument as to why the machine’s still relevant: It’s clean and focused, with a mellow body and seamless expression of flavors ranging from fruity to earthy to bright. Chances are you’ll get geeked out on it, too.