Chicago Spots: Heritage Bicycles
I have recently come to terms with how much I love coffee shops. I exclaimed this to Robby in a moment of realization, and he said something along the lines of “of course you do, you’re a writer.” It seems obvious to those around me that I’m a coffee shop person. What that means exactly, I’m not sure. But in my opinion, there’s no better place to work than a calm coffee shop. It’s a budget-friendly way to spend all day in a particular spot, and if you frequent it enough, make some new friends.
As I’ve been spending more time in Chicago, I’ve been getting more adventurous with my coffee shop choices. I’ve ventured further from what I’ve known, not only in location, but in brands, and discovered a few notable places. The one that’s been topping my list is Heritage Bicycles.
There are a few things that make a coffee shop great: a cozy atmosphere, good music, and good drinks. Heritage Bicycles exceeds the basic expectations in all of these categories. But it isn’t as simple as it sounds.
The name Heritage Bicycles isn’t misleading: it’s a literal bike shop. From bikes and gear sales to an open-space bike repair shop, the venue hosts multiple interests and intertwines its cozy coffee shop feel throughout it all. The two-sided storefront is scattered with work tables and couches, allowing for a cozy spot away from neighbors and noise. Outlets are easy to find, and seating is usually available unless you choose to visit on a weekend. It’s a busy, quiet spot, to be expected for a place with so much going on, but can quickly be transformed into a home away from home with every amenity needed to focus in on what you’re doing, whether that be meeting with a friend or writing a term paper. They've even got an adorable outdoor space with a fire pit for cooler days.
I’m not a coffee drinker myself. Instead, I usually order a Chai Latte. That being the only drink I’ve personally ordered at Heritage Bicycles, I can’t speak for a huge range of their beverages. But every time I’ve had the Chai it’s been a perfect combination of sweet and spicy and served in a large mug that makes me feel like I’m hanging at Central Perk on an episode of Friends.
Because of all of this, I’ve been spending my city days at the shop, working on my weekly assignments and blog posts. I’ve found myself more inspired and focused than ever. For now, I’ll call it my favorite city spot, at least until I expand my travel radius and find somewhere else to write about.