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Pick Me Up Café

Diner, Coffee Shop, and Café$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
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  • Yvonne H.
    Great late night spot, lots of healthy and yummy options
  • nemo s.
    nemo sergesFebruary 2
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good when you're out late, lots of vegan and vegetarian options and a variety of sweets!!
  • Dulce V.
    Dulce VillarrealDecember 22, 2016
    Really different place, good music. Vegan food and vegan dessert.
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HohenstattDecember 11, 2016
    Can't get enough of the garlicious chicken sandwich!
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanNovember 19, 2016
    Mimosas are a steal at $4 and many vegetarian options. They lose points for dirty tables/glasses though and slow service.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 6, 2016
    The perfect place in Wrigley for a mental pick-me-up whether it's a boost of caffeine with their latte infused Bailey's or a solid breakfast after a night on the town.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.October 19, 2016
    decent dive bar menu, wouldn't actively seek this place out though given the neighborhoods options
  • Patrick E.
    Patrick EnnisSeptember 10, 2016
    Brownie ice cream sundae
  • Rita
    RitaSeptember 5, 2016
    Came here for breakfast on Labor Day w/ family (including 2 kids and sr citizens).The place was pretty empty but the hostess decided to give us the worst seats-with stools. Terrible service,good food
  • Kevin M S.
    Kevin M SampsonFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ chicken pizzadillas and buffalo chicken wraps are some of the best dishes for a place that totes to be vegetarian and vegan friendly.The only issue I have is their recent change to drop the Crêpes
  • Jody G.
    Jody GrayFebruary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores.
  • That G.
    That GirlDecember 23, 2015
    Go here after a late night out and get some sort of espresso chocolate heaven. Great vegetarian options.
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BennettDecember 8, 2015
    Vegan chili cheese fries, vegan French toast, vegan Oreo milkshake, vegan buffalo tofu, vegan Santa Fe scram, etc etc etc etc
  • Wyn E.
    Wyn EvansDecember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place
  • lauren b.
    lauren barrettOctober 11, 2015
    Their mocha shakes!
  • lauren b.
    lauren barrettOctober 11, 2015
    In the mood for milkshakes? Try the mocha shake -- SUPERRR GOOD!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SaturdayOctober 3, 2015
    Portions are huge. Their breakfast food is awesome. The CAB omelet was awesome. Avocado in an omelet rules.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MerchantOctober 2, 2015
    I'll go here at all hours of the day -- as long as it's open. Favorites include the GOAT, chicken on the barbie, peanut butter chocolate shake, gnocchi, the pizzadillas and anything with goat cheese.
  • Wendy H.
    Wendy HanAugust 12, 2015
    Buffalo Tofu is awesome.
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 3, 2015
    lots of veg and vegan options!
  • Alfares A.
    Alfares AlzahraniJuly 30, 2015
    Not impressed.
  • Angel C.
    Angel CunninghamJuly 25, 2015
    The Build Your Own Omelette is sooooo good and taste so fresh! The staff - AMAZEBALLS!
  • AJ
    AJJuly 8, 2015
    Cheeze fries
  • Zak H.
    Zak HillJune 30, 2015
    Cool eclectic spot with great coffee~
  • Victor P.
    Victor PinedoJune 30, 2015
    The jalapeño poppers were amazing
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Loads of veg and vegan options to choose from. The breakfast burrito was delicious!
  • Erin B.
    Erin BernsteinMarch 11, 2015
    Vegan food
  • Bryce W.
    Bryce WarnerMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pizzadilla in all varieties recommended.
  • Irays M.
    Irays MunozDecember 30, 2014
    Amazing French toast!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 20, 2014
    From the decorations to the food everything about this place says FUN!
  • Ash F.
    Ash FSNovember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    So many good drinks: tea, shakes (vegan and dairy), boozes and infused syrups.
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 16, 2014
    Very ugly place
  • steven v.
    steven vargasOctober 9, 2014
    The garlic chicken beast. Get it.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MuravskaSeptember 13, 2014
    Great lattes!
  • Nic B.
    Nic BerryAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheese Fries
  • Justine G.
    Justine G.August 6, 2014
    Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner.. You name it, this place is good. They have lots of vegan/vegetarian options.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Open around the clock on weekends and until 3 a.m. on weekdays, this cute café serves breakfast all day, plus sammitches (sandwiches classic and signature) and pizzadillas (a pizza-quesadilla hybrid). Read more
  • JP
    JPMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic diner fare with a fun hep kitschy setting. Friendly service. Enjoy before or after a night of drinking and improv in wrigleyville.
  • Jameka W.
    Jameka WhittenFebruary 17, 2014
    The vegan pancakes are awesome. Been going to this spot since college!
  • matthew g.
    matthew gilboyJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Rad buffalo wraps, plenty of vegan options, including in the monthly specials menu
  • Eddie
    EddieDecember 10, 2013
    I had a great sandwich was excellent the milk shakes were sweet hey I know I'm going back again that's for sure
  • Willie
    WillieAugust 25, 2013
    Best Banana/Butterfinger vanilla shake I've ever had.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BrooksAugust 4, 2013
    I love this place! Great value for what you pay. I had the vegan Mac and Cheese and the Tofu Buffalo Wrap. Best vegetarian food I have ever had.
  • Donovan F.
    Donovan F.July 22, 2013
    The Zombie is a great thing to revive your tired hot mess in the small hours.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SponsellerJuly 20, 2013
    Great vegan breakfast options, loved the benedict!
  • Ted M.
    Ted MJuly 20, 2013
    The food here is excellent. Recommended, *especially if are hanging with vegans/vegetarians.
  • Karen
    KarenJune 26, 2013
    Great iced coffee and one of the best tasting and reasonably priced breakfast/brunch places in the area! Friendly service, too!
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VelascoJune 23, 2013
    Their grilled cheese is out of this world!
  • Brendan I.
    Brendan IdariusJune 2, 2013
    They aren't open all night any longer.
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from a smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ken M.
    Ken MillerMay 6, 2013
    Chocolate milshake with a shot of baileys. Awesome
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GrunewaldApril 2, 2013
    Love the fluffy vegan pancakes almost makes it not guilty to eat lol
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    An oasis in the middle of Wrigleyville from the Wrigleyville crowd. Awesome, huge espresso drinks (with booze!), spicy cheese fries, and vegan options galore. Great while sober-- er, for brunch-- too!
  • Jaclyn H.
    Jaclyn HMarch 10, 2013
    Homemade jalapeño poppers are spicy, but quite tasty. And get the pasta salad as your side - yum!
  • Ike A.
    Ike AshleyFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eberything is great. Everything except for the late night drunkies.
  • Roland M.
    Roland MirandaJanuary 12, 2013
    Great place, hipster vibe, friendly service. Falafel wrap is amazing!
  • Jorddann Blu S.
    Jorddann Blu StarrJanuary 9, 2013
    Lobe there soups omg
  • Roughinamorato
    RoughinamoratoJanuary 6, 2013
    The French toast is excellent, non-vegan, and the portion is huge! Two days later, the leftovers, reheated in a toaster oven (also non-vegan) with real maple syrup are STILL amazing!
    Upvoted Jun 8
  • Roughinamorato
    RoughinamoratoJanuary 5, 2013
    Lots of excellent stuff that's not made out of vegan, people. (Hm. I wonder how vegan tastes...)
  • Jay Y.
    Jay YbarraNovember 21, 2012
    Best Damn hot chocolate... Ever!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FenwickNovember 10, 2012
    Courtesy Veg*n Chicago by Amy Graff
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VelascoOctober 28, 2012
    Absolutely nothing better than their grilled cheese!
  • Mandy A.
    Mandy AllenOctober 4, 2012
    The pumpkin pancakes are heavenly!
  • Emily Catherine
    Emily CatherineSeptember 26, 2012
    The vegan food is not really vegan... maybe not even vegetarian. The owner admittedly doesn't give a shit about you, your diet, or your allergies. Avoid this place at all costs.
  • Lisa Q.
    Lisa QSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    They've recently done something with the mushroom gravy that is very very bad. :( Not recommended anymore, unfortunately.
  • Ruben
    RubenJuly 10, 2012
    The best breakfast egg sandwich in town !!! best eaten after 2am :)
  • FLee Q.
    FLee Queen of TartsJune 28, 2012
    Veggie friendly food, coffee and tea. Open 24hrs weekends, 'til 3am on weekdays. Clark + Sheffield in Wrigleyville. An entrance on each cross street.
  • Khadija B.
    Khadija BrewingtonJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan pecan pancakes...yum!
  • jAy b.
    jAy boYdMay 15, 2012
    Meeting for new life :)
  • Cris B.
    Cris BleauxApril 3, 2012
    great food, decent drinks, cool atmosphere. Beware hipsters.
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DMarch 30, 2012
    Vegan Desserts that make you wish you were vegan.
  • Philip-Michael S.
    The pesto linguine is super bland! But get the peanut butter/espresso milkshake and the ranch chicken wrap
  • Bekki L.
    Bekki LambrechtJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their shakes are the best! So many choices of add-ons, chocolate with butterfinger is my favorite.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Honestly the best veggie burger on the planet.
  • Oscar D.
    Oscar DelgadilloJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Chorizo in your veggie chili, trust me, I'm an expert.
  • Deedz
    DeedzDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Skordalia, Cheese Fries, Garlicious Breast, Butterfinger Sundae with Soy Ice Cream. Mmmmmmmm
  • Austin B.
    Austin BensingerDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Discoteka Fries are the shit! I recommend drizzling the ranch on the fries and eating the whole mess with a fork.
  • Karla B.
    Karla BruessardDecember 15, 2011
    eat the hummus
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    Order Jalapeno Poppers. Get the best late night food that somehow has little to no Wrigleyville patrons. I feel like it is invisible to them, similar to Diagon Alley to Muggles.
  • Wes C.
    Wes ChapmanNovember 16, 2011
    I hit this place every time I am in town
  • Lee S
    Lee SOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast burrito with bacon is heaven. Only available on weekends!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PetersonOctober 22, 2011
    BBQ Seitan Sammy. Veggie Chili. Buffalo Tofu Wrap. Done!!
  • Kal S.
    Kal SOctober 3, 2011
    You can't go wrong with the Sammiches, get it toasted!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BurdickSeptember 20, 2011
    Waitress was a little slow last time, but the Royale Mocha was fantastic!
  • Kylie M.
    Kylie McCallaSeptember 13, 2011
    Corey is the best waitress and person in the world, tip her well!
  • CJ U.
    CJ UrbanSeptember 12, 2011
    Vegan + Wrigleyville = Heaven. Vegan Blueberry Pie is to die for, Soy Chai Latte, Vegan Northwoods Chili, Cuppy Vegan Burrito, and kind, fast and friendly service. #Wrigleyville #Vegan #Chicago
  • Cole W.
    Cole WilsonSeptember 12, 2011
    I come here when I'm in Chicago from portland oregon. Have been since high school! Never lets me down!
  • Shane R.
    Shane RoachSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo chicken wrap or salad = amazing. Want coffee? Try the red eye.. Itll give you the "pick me up" you need.
  • Cristina M.
    Cristina MendozaAugust 31, 2011
    Grrrlicious Chicken Sandwich is probably the best thing in Wriglyville. Pair it with one of their bloody marys and soup and you have the perfect lunch.
  • John P.
    John PetrovicAugust 5, 2011
    Grease-filled pizza lovers need not apply.
  • SPIN
    SPINJuly 22, 2011
    Black Cards singer Bebe Rexha swears by the Cancun combo and the French toast: “It's better than my mom’s!"
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroJuly 17, 2011
    Pick me up? Pick you up jamoke.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HostetterJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chili mac n cheese!!!!!
  • John P.
    John PetrovicJuly 11, 2011
    You gotta get the Magic Caps. FAN-TASTIC-AL
  • Sammi G.
    Sammi GilmoreJune 25, 2011
    Best soy ice cream EVER!!
  • Allie B.
    Allie BustionJune 13, 2011
    I would suggest a milkshake and the magic caps. Good food all around. Read more
  • Bryce W.
    Bryce WarnerMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love, Love, Love! Get a frozen Jamoca Freeze and a Pizzadilla.
  • Deanna
    DeannaMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I normally love everything I get here but the vegan grilled cheese was just "eh".
  • Sandi S.
    Sandi SwissMay 7, 2011
    The vegan tofu scram is awesome and you can add Teese cheese from Chicago soy dairy!!
  • Asim A.
    Asim AhmedMay 1, 2011
    Ask for the gRegorLove special!
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