Sip Coffee House
1223 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (312) 492-7686
Primary Phone: (312) 492-7686
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Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Coffee House, Cafeterias
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
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01/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
At first it seems not that unusual for an independent shop but once you buy your food you walk back and there are lots of neat seating options and two outdoor garden areas, a vaulted wood ceiling and teeny balcony area. It is a nice chilled out place to read a book and enjoy one of their fruity bran muffins or a croissant with ham and cheese or one of their teas or coffees. They have a selection of of real mugs to use in-house so it's less waste, and a nice community area up front for business cards. I always feel good here.
08/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first review I've ever written and I felt compelled to do so because it does not deserve such negativity. My roommate and I stumbled in here after going to Abbey Brown Soap Artisan and were pleasantly surprised. There is a large selection of drinks to choose from and a decent selection of food. I have a sweet tooth so I only really remember there being a small variety of baked goods and fruit (good, ripe, and cheap!).
It no longer smells like cigarettes. I would assume that that comes from someone in either the middle or back patio area. Yes, there are two outdoor seating areas. Perhaps there is/was a neighbor or a customer who smokes/ed outside, I have no idea.
In terms of drinks, I enjoyed my coffee drink and my roommates tea was also tasty (I don't mean to start a fight, but doesn't Starbucks burn their coffee? People still love them for some reason. Plus, if it is burned, tell the barista and he'll make you another cup. Mistakes are made at times, and that one has an especially easy fix).
If you want a nice place to chat over a cup of tea or coffee or scones, this is a great place to do it. There are comfy chairs and various seating arrangements to make you feel at home. The decor is modern, but in bear-hug kind of way -- nothing stark or hospital room cold. There are also lots of wall outlets to plug a laptop into, and free wifi. I didn't have a computer or a willingness to get shocked to test whether or not the outlets had juice, though, but their placement makes me think that they would.
And in regards to another post: I also think it is rude to assume that just because you frequent an establishment that they somehow owe you something. Perhaps I'm an old-fashioned 26-year-old because I can't go into a McDonald's without buying a small fry in order to use the bathroom or else I feel like I'm stealing. Certain coffee shops and other small independent shops hardly get enough business to stay afloat as is. If you think they're a good enough place to sit down and have a chat, reward them for their good work with a, perhaps small, purchase. Otherwise people will think that they can go wherever they want without paying for anything. Although I do agree that the conversation should have been handled away from patrons and in a kinder manner. I hope that they owner knows that that behavior is bad for business.
Our barista was attentive, friendly, and on top of things. As of now, I highly recommend this place, but I'll let you know if I go back and have a bad time.
06/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first review I have ever written in my life because I felt the need to share with others my experience today. I am still in utter shock at how my friend and I are were treated today. My friend and I had just sat down in the back and were having a conversation. Within 5 minutes the guy behind the cashier register came back and told us that we had to order something or leave. I went to the register to talk to the cashier in person so as not to create a scene in front of any other patrons. I explained to the boy that we come here all the time, order food, order coffee and are great customers. He told us that he has a business to run and those seats are reserved for paying customers only. I was in disbelief...I could understand if we had our laptops out and were using their wi-fi service but we had just sat down a few minutes ago. Then he proceeded to start an arugement with me that he has a business to run in front of a lot of other customers. I explained to him that I have owned restaurants in the city and that I run several businesses and I would never ever treat someone this way. This boy continued to argue and argue with me and the funny part is that other customers were agreeing with me and telling him that was bad business. Maybe even if we had been there a 1/2 hour or an hour and the place was busy (which it was not) I could understand this was an absolute outrage and I am so, so disappointed. Sip lost 2 very good customers today and at least 10 more heard this little boy telling me how to run a business. What a shame...I will never go back to this place again!
04/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I hesitate to write a review b/c I don't want this place to ever be too crowded. But hell, everyone on Yelp already has, so why not. This place is so well done. High vaulted ceilings, brick walls, not overly crowded with tables. Great loungy chairs, couches and tables if you need to study or work. Free wifi. Great garden. Intelligentsia coffee and loose leaf tea. All in all a great place and a cool crowd.
05/08/2003Provided by Citysearch -
I think all these ""10"" reviews have to be written by the owner and/or their friends. This place is so unimpressive and not special that it certainly does not rate a 10. Maybe a 7 on a good day. But, I found the lady waiting on me rude, the coffee burnt, and although I don't mind smoking, it needs a ventilation system or something. It was pretty gross.
09/24/2002Provided by Citysearch -
NON SMOKERS STAY AWAY! Beware it smells like a bar. Even on a Sunday afternoon you will smell like stale cigarettes when you leave.
They force you to use a paper 'to go cup' even if you want to sit and relax with a ceramic mug. I asked for one of the mugs that were behind the counter so I could sit at a table and read a book. Nope. Paper only. The employee was more interested in going back to talk to a friend than to offer any explanation or apology of why Sip would not accommodate customers. Maybe she was to lazy to wash dishes. I'm sure they are intelligent enough to know that this doesn't make environmental or even economic sense. Then again,..
Oh, I forgot to mention their coffee has a burned taste to it.
09/11/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Sip is a coffeeshop that embraces everything that a coffeeshop should be. While it's staff of baristas are warm and knowledgeable, the light and dark roast coffees, variety of espresso based beverages, fabulous selection of baked goods keeps me coming back for more!
I would HIGHLY recommend dropping by this urban oasis for a nice treat and a relaxing morning/afternoon/evening in their famous and spacious garden!! A must see, and a must visit for all who love an excellent cup of joe, a friendly smile, and a barrage of characters that regular this establishment!!
07/25/2002Provided by Citysearch -
this coffee house if a small wonder. many people have never heard of it, and i have been going for 3 years. it is small and comfortable, and the owner, baristas and regulars are all so friendly and kind. the garden is beautiful, simply breathtaking, and you are immediatley removed from the city and emerged into alice in wonderland.