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Top 25 Places to Drink in the Chicago Burbs



Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Drink is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Wooden Paddle tucked away in historical downtown Lemont. From distilleries to coffee shops — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25  Places to Drink in the Chicago Burbs. 

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Topping this year’s Top Places to Drink list is Babcock’s Grove House, an American restaurant located inside a 19th century limestone building in downtown Lombard that was once a hotel. If the variety of their local beers, old timey sodas, and thoughtfully selected wines wasn’t enough to bring you in, their intimate and vintage atmosphere will!

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

  1. Babcock’s Grove House (Lombard)
The Rosemary Greyhound and Bourbon Apricot Iced Tea (summer cocktails from 2020)

What they’re known for: Midwestern comfort food, craft beers, sodas, and wines served in a relaxed, historic setting 

Yelpers say: “The beer is on point. Babcock’s is a great local place that is run well and is consistent with its customer service, beer, food, and amazing pies. I’m looking forward to dining in there again when it’s safe to do so and, in the meantime, we will be enjoying that delicious take-out.” – Jonathan R.

  1. Kindred Coffee Roasters (West Chicago)
Iced coffee in a Kindred Coffee Roasters cold cup

What they’re known for: Equitably sourced and constantly changing selection of interesting coffees from around the world

Yelpers say: “Coffee in West Chicago doesn’t get any better. It has a cool ambiance along with the great aromas and flavors. Kindred is about as local as you can get. For sure better than any chain.” Steve A

  1. Quincy Street Distillery (Riverside)
Assorted whiskies from Quincy Street Distillery

What they’re known for: Historically inspired and artisan distilled spirits based on classic and original formulas served from their speakeasy cocktail bar and retail shop

Yelpers say: “This place is a gem! I highly recommend the tour in order to have an appreciation for the drinks and the beverages at Quincy. If you appreciate quality, this is a place for you! Every drink is made completely from scratch and takes quite a while, but let me tell you, the difference is evident as soon as you taste whichever divine concoction you choose to order.” – Ani D.

  1. Atrevete Confections (Montgomery)
Regular lemonade and blended lemonade from Atrevete Confections

What they’re known for: Classic French pastries and desserts, their espresso bar, and their rotating lemonades and drinks

Yelpers say: “The space itself is well decorated and very charming. The staff and customers were friendly, helpful and welcoming. Now the coffee.. .I ordered the vanilla bean latte and a Chai Latte and both were hands down amazing! The best latte I have had to date honestly. We ordered an assortment of pastries and they are all fresh and wonderfully delicious. I will become a regular here.” – Monique F.

  1. Elijah’s Specialty Coffee & Tea (Elmhurst)
Iced coffee and a latte from Elijah’s Specialty Coffee & Tea

What they’re known for: Their mocha, specialty lattes, chai tea, frozen hot chocolate, and having a homey atmosphere 

Yelpers say: “A true legend that established the best coffee in the Chicago suburbs. I’ve been going here for years and have come to know amazing coffee, lovely people, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere inside this cozy coffeehouse. Whether you want rich espresso drinks, any number of rare teas, freshly baked pastries, or just a straight cup of  joe, this place (and the other Elijah’s across town) is the place to go.” – Eric H.

6. The Corner Grind (Elburn)

7. Mozzafiato Gelato and Coffee (Elgin)

8. Green Healthy Cafe (Lisle)

9. Moka (North Aurora)

10. Adagio Teas (Naperville)

11. Bubo Coffee (West Chicago)

12. Kinslahger Brewing Company (Oak Park)

13. Dulce Vida Juice Bar (Hanover Park)

14. Rock Island Public House (Blue Island)

15. Posto 31 (La Grange Park)

16. Ten Drops Coffee (Plainfield)

17. Wheelys (La Grange)

18. Brewpoint Coffee (Elmhurst)

19. Cook Street Coffee (Barrington)

20. Mulata Kitchen (Oak Park)

21. Wolfden Brewing Company (Bloomingdale)

22. VAI’s Italian Inspired Restaurant Kitchen + Bar (Naperville)

23. Pilot Pete’s Coffee + Treats (Elmhurst)

24. Wooden Paddle (Lemont)

25. Maize + Mash (Glen Ellyn)

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Drink in the Chicago Burbs area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the coffee & tea, cideries, bubble tea, brewpubs, breweries, beer, wine & spirits, meaderies, kombucha, juice bars & smoothies, tea rooms, wineries, bars, beer gardens, coffee shops, beer hall, wine tasting rooms, and distilleries category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Chicago Burbs. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 27, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 27, 2022.

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