Kickstand Espresso Bar
When he’s not dropping rhymes on stages across Chicago, rapper Verbal Kent retires to Kickstand Coffee, where he exchanges the title of MC for that of owner. Kent and his staff compile the best of the city’s coffees and baked goods on a single menu, brewing locally roasted Metropolis blends to pair with desserts from Fritz Pastry. The self-described “needle in a haystack” has no trouble standing out with its wide selection of hot teas and Mexican cocoa. The first thing customers tend to notice, however, is the décor, which incorporates wood reclaimed from crates, furniture, and antique filing cabinets.