3101 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL
I've always had a prejudice against Chicago's South side—"if it's a numbered street, it's too far south." I've been of the opinion that the South side is full of gangsters, degenerates, and criminals. Low-lives, no-lives, and Sox fans.
But nestled in the heart of the Bridgeport neighborhood, on West 31st Street, is Bridgeport Coffeehouse—one of Chicago's best roasters. I'd been wanting to come here for ages, and I figured the day I got fired from Peet's Coffee and Tea would be the best day for it.
A gorgeous, sunny Spring Sunday—perfect for sipping a hot, perfectly made cappuccino and sitting at one of their sidewalk tables, watching all the locals walk their dogs.
And, of course, the best thing about Bridgeport is their amazing drip coffee, which they roast themselves.