In a place as busy as the Loop, it pays to stop and look around. You might stumble on a secret Chicago cafe tucked between the thundering tracks of Wabash Avenue and throngs of State Street’s retail warriors. Hero Coffee Bar offers a tiny caffeine reprieve with a European feel.
Pickwick Place is a private alley just steps from Jackson Boulevard. It was hidden behind a steel gate until 22. East Jackson became a coffee shop in 2014. The tiny, 19-by-19-foot space only adds to the alley’s quaint appeal. A few guests at a time can squeeze in to order at the takeout counter.
“It was this weird little place in Chicago that history had kind of forgotten about.”
– Jeff Liberman, Asado Coffee
Brewing Up History
If Harry Potter lived in Chicago, he’d find his way to the world of magic not through Diagon Alley but along tiny cobblestone Pickwick Lane in the heart of the Loop.
– Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune
22 E Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
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- Reardon, Patrick T. “Pickwick Lane and My Mistakes.” Patrick T. Reardon, 11 Nov. 2014.