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Ch'ava Café

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Café · Ravenswood
4656 N Clark St (at Leland Ave), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
$ $ $ $
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Coffee and tea bar with creative sandwiches, soups and salads.

  • What you need to know
    Dan O.
    "clover coffee and the mushroom"(2 Tips)
    Andy S.
    "Their Clover machine is awesome!"(2 Tips)
    Melissa H.
    "Great rotating list of really interesting veggie sandwiches."(14 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "Nice balance of chocolate and espresso."(13 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • sandwiches
  • tea
  • beet salad
  • bright
  • wifi
  • vegetarian food
  • spacious
  • cozy
  • great value
  • red lentil soup
  • comfortable
  • café
  • pork belly
  • turkey
  • Clover
  • music
  • bacon
  • friendly staff
  • portobello mushrooms
  • Albert L.

    Closed as of February 1, 2015 :(

    Albert L · February 1
  • Troy B.


    Troy Butler · October 3, 2014
  • Dan O.

    Go for the clover coffee and the mushroom sandwhich is awesome and fresh!

    Dan Olson · September 24, 2014
  • Dane B.

    This place is full of employees who are rude to their customers. I spend a lot of money here and I will no longer be going back. The brunette that works there has a bad case of RBF resting bitch face.

    Dane Burns · September 23, 2014
  • Time Out Chicago

    The young owners of Ch’ava have taken an awkwardly shaped, whitewashed space and turned it into a coffee shop of serious distinction. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · August 2, 2014
  • Damian

    Wi-fi and outlets, so good for study or work.

    Damian · March 26, 2014
  • It's A Major Plus

    The food is carefully crafted, the red lentil soup is awesome, the tuna melt is great...

    It's A Major Plus · March 9, 2014
  • Scott H.

    I like everything on the menu. Good veggie options and great house coffees.

    Scott Hubbard · March 1, 2014
  • Leo B.

    Too embarrassed to lick my empty cup

    Leo Briceno · August 14, 2013
  • Carlos E.

    It's a very cozy coffee shop, perfect for studying and/or working.

    Carlos Echeverria · August 4, 2013
  • katie z.

    Cortados come in delightful Bodum glassware, but they are on the small side.

    katie zhu · July 10, 2013
  • Marvin M.

    Very nice coffee shop. Good wifi, nice staff and good iced coffee.

    Marvin McTaw · July 5, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    One of the standout coffee shops worth a visit.

    Serious Eats · May 14, 2013
  • David E.

    Coffee from the Clover machine!

    David Eldridge · April 7, 2013
  • Andreea I.

    Amazing Cappuccinos

    Andreea Ionescu · March 21, 2013
  • Chris V.

    Cozy atmosphere, but a wee bit pricey on the drinks.

    Chris Vaughn · March 14, 2013
  • Chris S.

    The coffee here is wonderful but the tea program is a truly special treat. Be sure to get all the infusions your tea can bear.

    Chris Steele · February 14, 2013
  • Froilan B.

    Great food, friendly staff, intelligentsia coffee! :)

    Froilan Bernardo · February 9, 2013
  • Tony F.

    When there espresso tastes like a jammy PB&J, you know they've pulled a good shot with quality beans! Come here!

    Tony Francione · February 6, 2013
  • Mike

    Two words: Vanilla Latte.

    Mike · January 3, 2013
  • Stacy J.

    Beautiful and delicious cappuccino!

    Stacy Jeziorowski · November 10, 2012
  • Tom G.

    Had some tasty green jasmine tea. The wife does not like the coffee here.

    Tom Gossett · September 25, 2012
  • Janet F.

    $3.75 + tax for this vanilla latte.

    Janet Ford · July 31, 2012
  • Michael C.

    The sandwich is good

    Michael Conwell · May 11, 2012
  • Adrienne

    the coffee is great, but the chicken soup was amazing.

    Adrienne · May 2, 2012
  • Christopher C.

    Great place to study. Bright & sunny. Multiple steeps on teas. Avoid Sundays, when it is crowded with loud ass people. Early Saturday afternoon is ideal.

    Christopher Craddock · April 7, 2012
  • Jaye J.

    The food was delicious, but expensive. Same with the coffee. Wifi was solid, good place to get work done. Very friendly staff. I like it.

    Jaye Jalso · March 30, 2012
  • Thongsy S.

    Tea brined turkey sandwich is awesome!!

    Thongsy Singvongsa · December 26, 2011
  • Seth T.

    You can park for free in the adjacent lot.

    Seth Tisue · December 23, 2011
  • Christina

    Big, bright open space with great music and delicious coffees. Perfect environment for working. Staff is super friendly too!

    Christina · December 8, 2011
  • Alexis B.


    Alexis Budejen · December 5, 2011
  • Drew

    Great sandwiches and salads.

    Drew · November 23, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    The coffee is smooth, the beet salad is amazing, and the house-roasted meats are turned into sandwiches like lamb-and-polenta with mint chimichurri and portobello mushroom with thyme-infused cheese. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · October 31, 2011
  • Lisa H.

    great coffee and the menu looks amazing. Love this cool spot in Uptown.

    Lisa Hampton · October 29, 2011
  • Luis L.

    This place is the cat's pajamas! The bees' knees! Silver needle tea. Mmmmmm!

    Luis Lagerfeld · October 27, 2011
  • Tony H.

    The cappuccinos here are the best. Nice little menu of food made in house too.

    Tony Ham · October 19, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    The coffee is smooth, the beet salad is amazing, and the house-roasted meats are turned into sandwiches like lamb-and-polenta with mint chimichurri and portobello mushroom with thyme-infused cheese.

    Time Out Chicago · October 19, 2011
  • Andy S.

    Their Clover machine is awesome! Read more

    Andy Spencer · October 4, 2011
  • Pop Z.

    great little place, bright and airy. great clover coffee.

    Pop Zack · August 31, 2011
  • Melissa H.

    Great rotating list of really interesting veggie sandwiches. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff.

    Melissa Heckart · June 28, 2011
  • Katie M.

    If you are serious about coffee/tea, ask Rich the owner about new arrivals and what's coming soon. Let him recommend something. You'll try some of the best drinks in your life. Ask staff too! :)

    Katie Mckiernan · June 20, 2011
  • Mike

    2 words - vanilla latte.

    Mike · May 22, 2011
  • Sarah Marie C.

    The lamb meatball sandwich is amazing- I crave it.

    Sarah Marie Cuddihee · May 3, 2011
  • Leyla A.

    They do not serve breakfast but do have a good lunch menu. A bit sterile with friendly staff

    Leyla Arsan · March 26, 2011
  • Chirag P.

    For vegeterians, the oyster mushroom sandwich is nice. Good bread too. Also, like how bright the space is.

    Chirag Patel · February 19, 2011
  • Mike C.

    My favorite order...The Mikey: 8oz mocha & The Choice Strip loin. One word wow!

    Mike Carothers · September 22, 2010
  • Tom L.

    Great, friendly staff and some of the best coffee in town.

    Tom Long · September 16, 2010
  • Kay S.

    Try the pat bing soo. Nice treat for hot days. Shaved ice with red beans mochi and fruit. Yum!

    Kay Slaven · July 17, 2010
  • Julie L.

    I loved my first time here! Comfy even-though-they-don't-look-it chairs, fantastic tea, friendly service, great Beet Sammy, awesome tunes, sunny, and very euro-modern. I'll be heading there a lot!

    Julie Lankes · July 16, 2010
  • Michael C.

    Locally owned and operated, Chava Cafe is one of my favorite local places. Get there early, because the muffins are homemade and go quickly. If they're out of muffins, grab one of their sandwiches Read more

    Michael Carroll · July 12, 2010

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