Fall is in the air, which means if you try hard enough, you’ll probably catch a whiff of fall’s most popular drink — the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. It’s so popular, in fact, that this year it got it’s very own hashtag — the #PSL. Fancy.

When it comes to coffee, there’s no denying that Chicagoans are crazy about it. In fact, Chicago takes top honors as the country’s most caffeinated city, where we spend 2.94 times more money at coffee shops than the national average. Which got us wondering — who else is making buzz-worthy drinks right here in Chicago?

We hopped, skipped and jumped to all the best coffee shops in the city and got more than our fair share of a caffeine fix. And nothing against the Pumpk…ahem, the #PSL…but we think these drinks are the best around.

MarshmallowLatte_BBowers Image of the Toasted Marshmallow Latte at Big Shoulders Coffee from Bobbi Bowers’ Instagram


Namesake Espresso + Steamed Milk + A Skewered Roasted Marshmallow = Toasted Marshmallow

Big Shoulders Coffee, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.


Dark Matter Espresso + Steamed Milk + Maple Syrup + Sage = The Wake and Bake

Star Lounge, 2521 W. Chicago Ave.


HalfWit Espresso + Steamed Milk + A Sweet Mix of Indian Spices = The Tim Curry

Wormhole Coffee, 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.


Namesake Espresso + Steamed Milk + Nutella = The Nutella Mocha

Ipsento Coffee House, 2053 N. Western Ave.


Intelligensia Black Cat Espresso + Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream = The Black Cat Milkshake

Intelligentsia Logan Square Coffee Bar, 2642 N. Milwaukee Ave.


BlackCatShake_BBowersImage of the Black Cat Milkshake at Intelligentsia from Bobbi Bowers’ Instagram

Any caffeine must-haves that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a Tweet.



Chicago Food Planet offers a variety of awesome walking food tours in Chicago

Devour all four of the iconic “Chicago-style” dishes from the eateries that perfected them on our most popular downtown tour. [Year-Round]

Tour Length3 Hours
Cost$60 Adult | $76 Adult VIP | $35 Youth
Tour Distance1.4 Miles
NeighborhoodsRiver North & Streeterville

Option to add three adult beverage pairings to the menu to help forget the stress of the work week or kick date-night up a notch

Tour Length2.5 Hours
Cost$60 Adult | $80 Adult with Alcohol | $35 Youth
Tour Distance0.8 Miles
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