Breather is on the ground in Chicago and we’ve handpicked some amazing local spots for you to check out in the Loop. All of these places were chosen for their unique awesomeness, whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite or unwind after that big pitch. Plus, they’re all located within walking distance to at least one of our Breather spaces. So… what are you waiting for? Get exploring!

Best Coffee

Hero Coffee Bar

439 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, 60605

Less than a ten-minute walk from our location on 223 West Jackson, this eclectic local spot is known for its espresso pulls and biscotti lattes. Top off their famously delicious roasts with a great music selection and a staff so friendly that you might just have to extend your coffee break. (Local secret: the velvet muffin. You’ll thank us later).

Best Lunch on the Go

Be Leaf

29 N. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, 60606

Warning: this chart-topping lunch spot isn’t for the salad shy. With endless combinations of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, your imagination is only as big as the salad bowl you’re filling. Word on the street is they can even make kale taste… tasty.

Best Sweet Snack

Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

50 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, 60601

These one of a kind, old-fashioned donuts will have your mouth watering all the way from our two Breathers on 1 N. LaSalle. From unique delights like the Candied Maple Bacon to the Gluten Free Valrhona Chocolate, arrive early because this local favorite closes sharply at 2 PM. For an extra old-fashioned twist, skip the line by calling ahead to request curb pickup.

Best Happy Hour

The Betty

839 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, 6067

This casual-yet-chic rustic tavern near our 954 West Washington location has a little something for everyone. Choose from a generous selection of vintage cocktails… and half-price happy hour beers for those who like to keep it simple. Plus, the kitchen is headed by one of Chicago’s few female chefs, Rachel Dow, who describes her small plates as “modern grandma”. We’re into it.

Best Casual Dinner

Chicken & Farm Shop

113-125 N. Green Street, Chicago, 6067

This well-priced locale is perfect for those who yearn for Chicago’s best rotisserie chicken. Serving only free-range meat alongside hearty American and British sides, this delightful spot will satisfy even the most discerning roasted chicken snobs. Just a hop, skip and a flap away from The Betty (and our Breather on 954 West Washington), we suggest you show up to Chicken & Farm Shop with an empty stomach!

Written by Neha Chandrachud