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A 1950s limestone building near Loyola University has been home to this unpretentious spot since 2003. Beans sourced from Costa Rica, Kenya, and beyond are roasted daily. Grab a novel from the communal bookshelf or help yourself to a board game and you’ll wonder where the day went.
Metropolis Coffee Company, 1039 West Granville Avenue, at Kenmore Avenue (773-764-0400 or metropoliscoffee.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.