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This West Loop favorite has our hearts (and many other people’s, too). Serious coffee is a big reason it’s so loved. There’s no menu; instead, baristas hear what coffee drink you crave and then deliver. The slightly smoky blends pair well with pastries from Alliance Bakery and Hannah’s Bretzel, sold in the cafe.
La Colombe Torrefaction, 955 West Randolph Street, at Morgan Street (312-733-0707 or lacolombe.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.