My latest favorite java spot is Heritage Outpost in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Located in the lobby of a circa 1920s elevator apartment building, Heritage is the coolest new spot in the 'hood. The 1300 block of W Wilson has a very old world European vibe and this micro coffee house (fashioned with a 'walk-up' sidewalk window) fits right in. Great coffee and great people watching. Feels like the Left Bank of Paris in 1945 -- or so I imagine.