5219 N. Clark St., Andersonville
With its fireplace, piles of wool blankets, tartan flasks, plus vintage camping equipment and furniture, this log cabin-like shop (named after owner Julie Fernstrom’s favorite plaid) is heavy on prep, in the best possible way. If the wall of tartan and flannel fabric inspires, re-upholstery services are readily available. And don’t miss the fully refurbished, 1970s airstream parked in back (kids go nuts for it…as do adults).
The Coffee Studio
5628 N. Clark St., Andersonville
Beautifully modern, this is one of those spots that has everything going for it. The only issue, really, is that you're afforded only an hour of free Wi-Fi with purchase. It still makes our list, though, because the lattes and iced coffees are the liquid equivalent of a punch in the face.
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