Cafe Descartes

Cafe
327 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 327 N Michigan Ave, Chicago Directions
+13122630583
This place has not been rated by customers.
81% of 21 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea, American, Bakery
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea, American, Bakery
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
  • WiFi
    Yes
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Tips

9 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
Good espresso. A little pricey vs Starbucks but the groupon helped..
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Report | 5 years ago
good service, coffee, and overall atmosphere
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Report | 5 years ago
Service was polite but slow. My latte tasted unusually grainy and the flavor syrup was either forgotten or a very small serving.
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Report | 5 years ago
By the time I got there with my Groupon Now at about 2:00 (the Groupon Now went from 11:00 to 4:00, I got the email at 11:15) almost all of the pastries were gone. Not so cool because that was what I wanted for a mid afternoon snack. I would like to see a retailer stock up on popular items when they run a Groupon so no one misses out. Plus the counter help was not so attentive and a bit distracted when I was the only one there.
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Report | 5 years ago
I've been in better coffee places. This one is OK for quick stop for a coffee and cookie.
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Report | 5 years ago
Fantastic!
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Report | 5 years ago
You guys are delicious!
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Report | 5 years ago
I had a grrrreat soy hot chocolate. The barista seemed frazzled, but very friendly. I would definitely be back.
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Report | 5 years ago
it was very loud - the radio was on and it was just advertisements. wasn't a very comfortable environment. if they had been playing music it would have made a big difference.
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From Our Editors

After roasting coffee beans with his family in Pakistan, Arshad "Sony" Javid—founder of Café Descartes—indulged his love for the caffeinated drink by making pilgrimages to coffee houses in Asia, Europe, and South and Central America. In 1991, after a stint as a Starbucks barista, Sony opened his first shop, an espresso cart on the UIC campus, where he poured his decadent drinks to quench the thirst of students, professors, and dry textbooks. Today, the aficionado’s dream has expanded across six Chicago cafés, where warm, earth-toned walls, cushy armchairs, and the smell of fresh-roasted beans beckon customers to stick around for a latte, mexican mocha, or sweet pastry.

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