Café Descartes

Café Descartes

Coffee Shop · The Loop
327 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • Noon–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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Based on 56 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    "Penguin is sweet but hits the spot on a muggy day"(2 Tips)
    Brent B.
    "Well, at least half of the staff is friendly."(5 Tips)
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27 tips and reviews.

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  • coffee
  • lattes
  • spacious
  • oatmeal
  • gelato
  • good service
  • great value
  • hot chocolate
  • fudge
  • good for dates
  • bananas
  • Alec P.

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    Alec Pieper · April 7
  • Melviva

    It is a very beautiful place. I loved its coffee.

    Melviva · October 19, 2014
  • Nicole C.

    This location is CLOSED.

    Nicole C. · October 2, 2014
  • Gozde Basak O.

    Trendy for philosophy fans.

    Gozde Basak Ozturk · August 17, 2014
  • Ben W.

    The people watching makes up for the not so great lattes & mochas.

    Ben Wildeboer · August 7, 2014
  • Megan R.

    Very friendly staff. Makes all the difference in a coffee shop!

    Megan Riley · January 20, 2014
  • Attia N.

    Nothing impressive, go elsewhere.

    Attia N. · December 10, 2013
  • Tom B.

    The chocolate croissant does not last long.

    Tom Besore (Realtor) · November 11, 2013
  • Nandini A.

    Love the hot chocolate here... It's my morning ritual!!

    Nandini Anantharaman · May 8, 2013
  • Anthony S.

    The bathroom situation here is scary so escort your woman when she needs to go. They will not announce they're closing and will just lock the doors so watch the time. Great coffee however!

    Anthony Sullivan · March 27, 2013
  • Robert C.

    Try another place Nothing particularly interesting or good here

    Robert Costello · December 30, 2012
  • Holden

    Penguin is sweet but hits the spot on a muggy day

    Holden · September 3, 2012
  • Brent B.

    Well, at least half of the staff is friendly. Too bad only two people are working. Could also explain the tortoise speed.

    Brent Brooks · July 12, 2012
  • Azeema F.

    nice tea and coffee. love the ambience.

    Azeema Faizunnisa · March 29, 2012
  • Jack E.

    The Penguin is "The Balls"

    Jack Ewing · March 11, 2012
  • Jason G.

    Scratch the bad coffee review

    Jason Gilmore · February 9, 2012
  • Jason G.

    Drink Starbucks instead. Service is slow, pastries are not fresh, and coffee is sub par

    Jason Gilmore · February 9, 2012
  • Dayes W.

    The Mexican mocha sucks. Doesn't taste of coffee and the barista didn't even fill my cup. -_-

    Dayes W · January 31, 2012
  • Anuja S.

    Elliott and Sean are the best!

    Anuja Shah · August 22, 2011
  • Britney T.

    The Oatmeal Latte is amazing! I had a good service experience.

    Britney Taylor · August 14, 2011
  • Rachel S.

    Sit at a stool looking out the window and philosophise.

    Rachel S. · July 16, 2011
  • tricia o.

    Service and the other patrons were too slow so I just left

    tricia okin · June 24, 2011
  • Sincere H.

    The music here definitely creates the atmosphere.

    Sincere Hogan · October 15, 2010
  • Sir.Nathan S.

    Very homely interior, and the have wall outlets to charge with!

    Sir.Nathan Stassen · August 14, 2010
  • La Petite M.

    Slow staff, too sweet coffee, bland chai. Maybe it's just an off day...

    La Petite Morte · June 20, 2010
  • Mike K.

    Banana fudge gelato from the little one under the stairs - delicious.

    Mike Kostyo · January 15, 2010
  • Esteban G.

    get a roomy americano, excellent...

    Esteban Gonzalez · January 14, 2010

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