When you are ready to break away from Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, I found five great locally owned coffee shops you may want to check out this month.
For a great start-me-up, especially for folks in or around Mundelein, you've gotta check out the giant Instagram-ready mural outside Area Coffee. Inside, enjoy coffee, tea and goodies in a playful atmosphere. 18 E. Park Street; Area-Coffee.com.
Just steps from the Libertyville train station is Hansa Coffee. The aroma of roasting coffee is intoxicating as local workers and students tap away on laptops. 755 N. Milwaukee Avenue; HansaCoffee.com.
Long Grove’s Blu Fig is quaint with amazing bagel breakfast sammies. I can’t wait for warm weather to sit outside and enjoy the view. 225 Robert Parker Coffin Road; BluFigCafe.com.
Long Grove Coffee Co. by the stoplight downtown has comfy seating and wooden tables for spending time with friends while sipping a coffee and nibbling something sweet. 126 Old McHenry Road; @LongGroveCoffeeCo.
Pepper Park in Lake Barrington has coffee, tea, baked goods and a great space to relax or get some work done. In a hurry? Use the drive-thru! 22000 N Pepper Road; PepperParkCoffee.net.