Finding the Write Place: Big Shoulders Coffee

Finding the Write Place is an occasional series on ChiYAwriters.com that highlights some of our favorite places to write here in the Windy City.

Big Shoulders Coffee

1105 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60642

Monday-Friday: 6:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday-Sunday 7:30-5:00pm

(hours posted as of October 2016, check Big Shoulders Coffee’s site for up-to-date hours)

Noise level: moderate-conversations,  music

Availability of space: I always get a seat (I usually go on Sundays)

Bathrooms: yes (with key)

Food: yes (pastries and cookies)

Wifi: free with password

Outlets: YES! (by the counter as well as under the main table)

Big Shoulders Coffee is cute and simple in terms of coffee shops. It is right outside the Chicago/Milwaukee Blue Line stop, and on the route for the 56 and 66 bus lines. So it’s in a fairly accessible location for anyone in the West Town area.

I love going there when I want to hunker down and work, though sometimes there are groups chatting or doing a project together. The space is limited, but many people come in to get their coffee on the way to and from the train.

They also sell their own brand of merchandise and coffee. I actually covet their thermoses (I’ve yet to try their Big Shoulders Coffee beans).

It’s a nice, small coffee shop to visit to do work, but not the best for large groups.

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