CAFE FLEURETTE (Elm St. Train Station, Winnetka) Enjoy a cup of locally roasted, direct trade Intelligentsia coffee at this authentic French boulangerie. The amazing French pastries and bread made from eco-conscious, Chicago based La Fournette - cafe owner Rachel Beaudry from Glencoe warns they go fast! Soon a counter and stools will be added to this tiny train station treasure. http://www.cafefleurette.com/
Nice eco-sleeve! CITY GROUNDS (507 W. Dickens, Lincoln Park) This European style coffee bar serves artisan coffee from Metropolis, plus makes every effort to source local produced pastries, cakes and breads. http://citygroundschicago.com/ Image from www.yelp.com.
PERKS CAFE (601 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield) This little coffe shop in the Metra station features locally roasted coffee from the Coffee & Tea Exchange. They also try to source local foodstuff as much as possible - their pastries, granola, brownies all come from local purveyors, such as Little Miss Muffin in Chicago.
BLIND FAITH CAFE (525 Dempster St, Evanston) This favorite breakfast and coffee spot happens to be guaranteed green by the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition. They brew Chicago roasted Passion House Coffee, focused on organic and fair trade coffee. Their bakery offers a wide selection of sugar free, vegan and gluten free breads, cakes and pastries. http://www.blindfaithcafe.com/
At CH'AVA CAFE, use a mug if dining in or post-recycled cup to go. The seasonal menu is committed to using local products, they work with Illinois and Midwest farms and producers to create a better product. Boxed Water is Better is also used as opposed to bottled www.chavacafe.com
At BEVERLY BAKERY AND COFFEE ROASTERS (10528 S. Western Ave., Beverly) - have a cup of fresh roasted (on-site) coffee and a muffin, scone or donut made in house. Whole bean or coffee (ground daily) is also for sale. http://beverlycoffeeroasters.com/ Image from Joseph Storch/www.wbez.org.
UNICORN CAFE (1723 Sherman Ave, Evanston) This eco-conscious favorite of Northwestern students features sustainably sourced Alterra coffee, roasted in Milwaukee. Baked goods, paninis or vegan soups are either homemade or locally sourced (muffins from Sugar & Spice). They compost their coffee grounds, veggie scraps and newspapers with Collective Resource. They also stopped selling plastic water bottles and now offer biodegradable corn cups and takeaway containers. http://unicorncafe.com/