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Charmers Cafe

View Map1500 W. Jarvis Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 743-2233
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From the 1930s until 2004, this Jarvis Square space was a local bar. A new owner has reopened the neighborhood hangout under the same name, but Charmers now offers a classed-up coffeehouse experience with squeaky-clean tile floors, polished mirrors and stone tabletops. Locals may recognize the golden figures inspired by Greek mythology adorning the walls, as these Art Deco fixtures are the originals from the watering hole's heyday.

The friendly staff swirls artsy designs into the foam of lovingly brewed lattes, mochas and the like. If you prefer your java sans frills, Metropolis coffees and teas can be served pre-brewed or in your very own French press. Iced coffee drinks are rich and creamy, and other beverages include fresh-squeezed juices and tasty Arnold Palmers (iced tea mixed with lemonade). High on the list of things to try are the cafe's yummy milkshakes and smoothies. Drink prices are standard at $1.75-$4.

Food options include bagels with various shmears, scones, muffins and croissants. If you're in the mood for something heartier, step through the back hallway and find yourself in Charmers' sister operation, Dagel and Beli, where you can order a steamed bagel sandwich piled high with goodies. You're free to sit in either establishment once your order's up.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger

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6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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