Looking for few hours of peace in downtown Chicago
October 31, 2006 11:55 AM   Subscribe

A café or such in downtown Chicago where one can have a long conversation in peace and comfort ?

I am meeting my love in Chicago this month to decide whether we breakup or not. Obviously, this could mean one long conversation. I am looking for a coffeehouse or a similar place where we can sit down and talk undisturbed for few hours during daytime. Downtown or somewhere close would be best with ease of parking.
posted by raheel to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
there isn't such a place in the Loop, unless you want to rent a hotel room, of which there are many. although you might try either the Cultural Center on Randolph or parts of the Art Institute. You can still park fairly easily in the Grant Park underground.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2006

Try, not cafes, but hotel lobbies. I had a long uninterrupted conversation there in the lounge area just to off the main lobby of the Allegro even, just a few months ago.

Otherwise, just have it outside. On a park bench, or while walking down the street in a quiter part of town.
posted by vacapinta at 12:22 PM on October 31, 2006

Art Institute. Downstairs there's a great cafe. Ask for a table off the beaten path and have lunch and dessert.
posted by orangemiles at 1:01 PM on October 31, 2006

Gourmands in Printer's Row was always a pretty decent cuppa and the daytime atmosphere wasn't overtly loud.
posted by Fezboy! at 1:06 PM on October 31, 2006

hotels. go to the james.
posted by krautland at 1:31 PM on October 31, 2006

The upstairs part of the lobby at the W City Center (on Adams between LaSalle and Wells) is also very quiet and great for intense conversations. Just walk straight in and straight back and either left or right up the main stairs.
posted by jcwagner at 2:40 PM on October 31, 2006

The cafeteria in the lower level of the State Street Marshall Fields is a good place to meet and talk for hours.
posted by phixed at 3:27 PM on October 31, 2006

The lounge at the Drake. Historic. Old. Run down. Good tea though.

But you won't find ease of parking. If you want parking, you can go South to Hyde Park and hang out with the nerdy U of C kids. They'll make you stay together, as you'll both be more attractive than them. (I'm a proud alum).

Or go North, Fixx Coffee Bar is good, quiet, has free wifi (if you get bored breaking up) and it's open late.
posted by zazerr at 3:30 PM on October 31, 2006

I thought of Gourmands also when I read this. Seconding Gourmands.
posted by Sreiny at 7:19 PM on October 31, 2006

By the way ... good luck.
posted by WCityMike at 7:45 AM on November 2, 2006

The bar at the Four Seasons.
posted by clairezulkey at 1:07 PM on November 2, 2006

Thanks everyone.
Thanks WCityMike.

If people are still reading this (otherwise I will wait another 5 days for this): cheapest parking for 5 days in downtown Chicago? I will be using the car everyday of course, so many check in - checkouts of course.
posted by raheel at 1:15 PM on November 2, 2006

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