A foodie hotspot with a booming tech scene, coffee-mad locals and a load of freelancers, Chicago is a fitting home for great co-working spaces. Bringing together the best of café culture and serviced offices, these are the best places to ditch the 9–5 and get your head down in The Windy City.

The Allis

Whether you work best sat upright at a desk or curled up on a sofa, buzzing on ten cups of coffee or laid back with a glass of wine, The Allis caters for all kinds of hard-working freelancers. Centrally located on Green Street, it’s the place to find inspiration by staring out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, getting lost in the expansive art collection or simply in your warm brioche french toast dripping with berries and crème anglaise.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

Coffee is taken seriously here. Choose your tipple from a rotating selection of coffee roasters and pair with one of the breakfast bowls or pastries from Fairgrounds’ extensive menu – best enjoyed sat underneath the hanging plants and greenery. Come early – the café is often packed with keen freelancers having morning coffee meetings. When the caffeine kick gets a bit much, opt for a kombucha.

The Hoxton

The Hoxton hotel offers a peaceful working area in the heart of Chicago’s bustling Fulton Market District. Set up camp in the lobby amid comfortable chairs, wooden coffee tables and light, airy interiors, and be sure to order ample drinks and snacks to keep you going. When it all gets too much, take a break to explore the galleries, boutiques and eateries nearby.

The Wing

First opened in 2016, The Wing has several world-wide spaces dedicated to providing unique working areas for women. In an 8,500sq ft space on Fulton Market, the Chicago branch offers sweeping city views, locally sourced food, an all-female art gallery and bookshelves curated by independent bookstores.

Ace Hotel Chicago

Taking inspiration from the good ol’ spirit of Midwestern craftsmanship, The Ace Hotel has inverted traditional expectations of comfort. Industrial materials including plywood, concrete, reflective metals and brick are paired with walls adorned with impressive artwork as well as large windows that natural light to pour in. Come for a day of inspired work and treat yourself to regular small plates of seasonal food and an innovative cocktail or two from the City Mouse lounge.

C.C. Ferns

One of Chicago’s best-loved coffee shops, C.C. Ferns provides a laid-back work spot with dark wooden walls and deep leather chairs. Early birds, come during the day for frothy cappuccinos, spiced chai lattes and freshly made pastries; night owls treat yourself to a tipple from the Boozy Steamer menu and, if you’re so inclined, puff on a cigar a wide selection available in the glass cabinet.

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