Sip Coffee House – 1223 W. Grand

Sip Coffee House – 1223 W. Grand

I’d never heard of this place until a few years back. A friend did me a favor and met me before work to offer up some of his wisdom; he suggested “Sip on Grand.” It was out of the way for me as I lived on the north side at the time, but considering the circumstance I gladly obliged. And I’m glad I did as both the conversation and the coffee were great.

I tell no lie: one sip and I was hooked.

To be honest, all I’ve had is their house blend but it’s great. So great that I’ve turned my girlfriend and a few friends on to it, too. Oh, and the service and ambience are great (whether you’re inside or outside on the patio). I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I’m sure their espresso and other drinks are great. Additionally, they have pastries, parfait, oatmeal, and a variety of other foods, (fruit, etc.) in case you walk in with an appetite.

Some other reasons why I like it:

  • It’s “local.” I’m over Starbucks because frankly, their coffee tastes burnt.
  • There is not one, but two – count ’em – two patios and yes, they’re both great.
  • You’ll win yourself a free cup of coffee if your name is up on the board that day (see the pic below) so you may even walk out a winner!
  • Street parking is easy, never too hard to find a spot
    • There’s a bus stop nearby if you’re a public transit junkie
  • The walls are dressed with framed old-school band posters (I saw one for Pavement!) and art from local artists
  • I believe they’ll give you free refills while you’re in-house

Sip Coffee House in Pictures

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Damn, Daniel Wellington! On the Sip patio.

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Front counter; on the dry-erase board are the names for those who’ll get a free coffee on that day. Feeling lucky?

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Back room – art from local artists displayed on the wall

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Choose your weapon (I love the guy on the wall)

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Catching up on the latest with something to sip on.

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“Front” patio. It’s actually in the middle of the shop; a larger patio is out back.

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Getting their fix!

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Greenery. And some color.

My company’s hotel office is around the corner, so I make it a point to get up and out of the house an hour early on days I work out of it to write, relax, etc., before I head in.

  • Address: 1223 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
  • Hours: 7am — 7pm except on Sundays, 8am — 6pm

NOTE: they don’t take credit cards unless the bill is over $5, which means you may need cash or an appetite.

Get to Sip and have yourself a … lot of sips!

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