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West Town’s newest coffee haunt comes from members of the Alliance Bakery crew. The quirky cafe serves locally roasted Passion House coffee, Sweet Cakes pastries, and breakfast and lunch options (open-faced sandwich with baked apples, tahini, honey, and cinnamon) that blow your usual ham and cheese croissant out of the water.
Ugly Mug Cafe, 1458 West Chicago Avenue, between Greenview Avenue and Bishop Street (312-666-7707 or uglymugcafe.net).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.