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Ch'ava Café

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Ravenswood, Chicago
  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats
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  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    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
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    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.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Julie L.
    Julie LankesJuly 16, 2010
    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!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarrollJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CraddockApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jaye J.
    Jaye JalsoMarch 30, 2012
    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.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MckiernanJune 20, 2011
    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! :)
  • Christina
    ChristinaDecember 8, 2011
    Big, bright open space with great music and delicious coffees. Perfect environment for working. Staff is super friendly too!
  • Alfredo L.
    Alfredo LinSeptember 28, 2009
    I went to check out this new place, a friend of brother recently opened the cafe (this past Monday in fact). I have to say the coffee is really good and tasty. Service is friendly. Free wi-fi a plus!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HubbardMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I like everything on the menu. Good veggie options and great house coffees.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    One of the standout coffee shops worth a visit.
  • Dan O.
    Dan OliverSeptember 24, 2014
    Go for the clover coffee and the mushroom sandwhich is awesome and fresh!
  • Tony F.
    Tony FrancioneFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When there espresso tastes like a jammy PB&J, you know they've pulled a good shot with quality beans! Come here!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarothersApril 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing mocha's! Nice balance of chocolate and espresso. I recommend the pork belly or B.W.T. Bacon watercress tomato sandwich :) moreover the service rocks!
  • Tony H.
    Tony HamOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The cappuccinos here are the best. Nice little menu of food made in house too.
  • Marvin M.
    Marvin McTawJuly 5, 2013
    Very nice coffee shop. Good wifi, nice staff and good iced coffee.
  • Carlos E.
    Carlos EcheverriaAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a very cozy coffee shop, perfect for studying and/or working.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HeckartJune 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great rotating list of really interesting veggie sandwiches. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For vegeterians, the oyster mushroom sandwich is nice. Good bread too. Also, like how bright the space is.
  • Froilan B.
    Froilan BernardoFebruary 9, 2013
    Great food, friendly staff, intelligentsia coffee! :)
  • Pop Z.
    Pop ZackAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great little place, bright and airy. great clover coffee.
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is carefully crafted, the red lentil soup is awesome, the tuna melt is great...
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HamptonOctober 29, 2011
    great coffee and the menu looks amazing. Love this cool spot in Uptown.
  • katie z.
    katie zhuJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cortados come in delightful Bodum glassware, but they are on the small side.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarothersSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    My favorite order...The Mikey: 8oz mocha & The Choice Strip loin. One word wow!
  • Damian
    DamianMarch 26, 2014
    Wi-fi and outlets, so good for study or work.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VaughnMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cozy atmosphere, but a wee bit pricey on the drinks.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanMarch 26, 2011
    They do not serve breakfast but do have a good lunch menu. A bit sterile with friendly staff
  • Erika
    ErikaMarch 21, 2010
    They are so friendly! I love this place... They were also playing old YeahYeahYeahs (can't beat that)
  • Luis L.
    Luis LagerfeldOctober 27, 2011
    This place is the cat's pajamas! The bees' knees! Silver needle tea. Mmmmmm!
  • Stacy J.
    Stacy JeziorowskiNovember 10, 2012
    Beautiful and delicious cappuccino!
  • Sarah Marie C.
    The lamb meatball sandwich is amazing- I crave it.
  • Tom G.
    Tom GossettSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Had some tasty green jasmine tea. The wife does not like the coffee here.
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    the coffee is great, but the chicken soup was amazing.
  • Kay S.
    Kay SlavenJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the pat bing soo. Nice treat for hot days. Shaved ice with red beans mochi and fruit. Yum!
  • Andy S.
    Andy SpencerOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Their Clover machine is awesome! Read more
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BudejenDecember 5, 2011
  • Seth T.
    Seth TisueDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can park for free in the adjacent lot.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LongSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Great, friendly staff and some of the best coffee in town.
  • Troy B.
    Troy ButlerOctober 3, 2014
  • Drew
    DrewJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey avocado sandwich is great! And barista was wearing a Linux hat!
  • David E.
    David EldridgeApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee from the Clover machine!
  • Andreea I.
    Andreea IonescuMarch 21, 2013
    Amazing Cappuccinos
  • Brent S.
    Brent SordylOctober 12, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Really fast free wi-fi, lots of places to sit and excellent customer service.
  • Dane B.
    Dane BurnsSeptember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Cerebelle
    CerebelleJune 6, 2010
    Their cappuccino is frothy and delicious!
  • Mike
    MikeJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Two words: Vanilla Latte.
  • Thongsy S.
    Thongsy SingvongsaDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tea brined turkey sandwich is awesome!!
  • Drew
    DrewNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sandwiches and salads.
  • Mike
    MikeMay 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    2 words - vanilla latte.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ConwellMay 11, 2012
    The sandwich is good
  • Chris D.
    Chris DrackettSeptember 17, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Chava is having a soft opening today. All food and drinks are free! (also, the place is pretty cool!)
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaJune 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the clover. Worth it.
  • Krishna A.
    Krishna AJune 28, 2010
    Beetroot sandwich is better than anything :-)
  • Leo B.
    Leo BricenoAugust 14, 2013
    Too embarrassed to lick my empty cup
  • Brian W.
    Brian WantFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Mocha. That's their best drink.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LFebruary 1, 2015
    Closed as of February 1, 2015 :(
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