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The City of the Big Shoulders finally got a roaster to match. We love the conveniently located (Chicago Blue Line stop) spot for its sugary sweet staff, Cheap Tart pies and scones, and, above all, coffee. Roasted in-house, the brew is as bold and accessible as the city itself.
Big Shoulders, 1105 West Chicago Avenue, at Milwaukee Avenue (312-888-3042 or bigshoulderscoffeeworks.com).
Thumb through chef Michael White’s new book and you’ll be taken by his authentic, Italian fare the same way we were. In the meantime, we’ve got a pasta recipe to whet your appetite.