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The Best Places to Work Remotely in Chicago
The Best Places to Work Remotely in Chicago

The Best Places to Work Remotely in Chicago

Up your work-from-home game at these Windy City spots.


Published March 09, 2022

If you're looking for the best places to work remotely in Chicago, look no further! We've got the inside scoop on the best artsy cafes, trendy co-working spaces, and quirky hotel lobbies for remote workers to set up for the day.

Whether you're a digital nomad or just looking to get out of the house for a change of scenery, this list is for you. Check out Bucket Lister's picks below:

Sol Cafe

Sol Cafe

Take a trip to a tropical paradise when you visit Sol Cafe, a specialty coffee shop in Rogers Park. This botanical beauty of a cafe is decked out with lush plants galore, plus sumptuous leather seating and plenty of outlets for you to plug in. In addition, they dish up specialty coffees and nourishing foods made from scratch to keep you fueled all day long. 

Where: 1621 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60626

Hours: 8 AM - 2 PM daily 

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Many 

Food: Breakfast + Bowls

Neighborhood: Rogers Park

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Take a trip to a tropical paradise when you visit Sol Cafe, a specialty coffee shop in Rogers Park. This botanical beauty of a cafe is decked out with lush plants galore, plus sumptuous leather seating and plenty of outlets for you to plug in. In addition, they dish up specialty coffees and nourishing foods made from scratch to keep you fueled all day long. 

Where: 1621 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60626

Hours: 8 AM - 2 PM daily 

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Many 

Food: Breakfast + Bowls

Neighborhood: Rogers Park

For more information.

Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago

Business is made casual at the Freehand Chicago hotel in their quirky lobby space. Set with all of the amenities that remote workers need, including free wifi, coffee, and Jenga, the lobby is the perfect place to spend an afternoon answering emails. Lounge in one of their cozy nooks with your laptop, and then wrap up the day with a cocktail at their award-winning cocktail bar, the Broken Shaker. Go on; you’ve earned it! 

Where: 19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Hours: Open 24 hours 

WiFi: Free 

For more information.

Business is made casual at the Freehand Chicago hotel in their quirky lobby space. Set with all of the amenities that remote workers need, including free wifi, coffee, and Jenga, the lobby is the perfect place to spend an afternoon answering emails. Lounge in one of their cozy nooks with your laptop, and then wrap up the day with a cocktail at their award-winning cocktail bar, the Broken Shaker. Go on; you’ve earned it! 

Where: 19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Hours: Open 24 hours 

WiFi: Free 

For more information.

Working From_Fulton Market

Working From_Fulton Market

Working From_ is a luxe coworking space located within the Hoxton Hotel, and it’s a one-stop-shop for all of your WFH needs. Working From_ offers options ranging from day passes to monthly memberships. Members receive access to the space, free WiFi, a pantry with unlimited snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, and private phone booths for conference calls. They’ve got daybeds in case you feel like taking a break from your work to lounge properly, and you won’t want to miss the outdoor terrace complete with rooftop firepits. If you feel like you need to get your body moving after working all day, there’s a fitness studio on-site open to all members…or you could simply head to the on-site pool for a post-work swim! 

Where: 200/208 N Green St., Chicago, IL 60607

Hours: Open 24/7 

WiFi: Free for members

Plugs: Near Every Seat

Neighborhood: West Loop

Food: Snack Pantry, Coffee/Tea, Cira restaurant (lobby floor)

Parking/Public Transit: Valet or Paid Street Parking

Extra Perk: if you’re not a member of Working from, the lobby of the Hoxton Hotel (Cira) is another great space to work!

For more information.

Working From_ is a luxe coworking space located within the Hoxton Hotel, and it’s a one-stop-shop for all of your WFH needs. Working From_ offers options ranging from day passes to monthly memberships. Members receive access to the space, free WiFi, a pantry with unlimited snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, and private phone booths for conference calls. They’ve got daybeds in case you feel like taking a break from your work to lounge properly, and you won’t want to miss the outdoor terrace complete with rooftop firepits. If you feel like you need to get your body moving after working all day, there’s a fitness studio on-site open to all members…or you could simply head to the on-site pool for a post-work swim! 

Where: 200/208 N Green St., Chicago, IL 60607

Hours: Open 24/7 

WiFi: Free for members

Plugs: Near Every Seat

Neighborhood: West Loop

Food: Snack Pantry, Coffee/Tea, Cira restaurant (lobby floor)

Parking/Public Transit: Valet or Paid Street Parking

Extra Perk: if you’re not a member of Working from, the lobby of the Hoxton Hotel (Cira) is another great space to work!

For more information.

The Newberry Library

The Newberry Library

If you’re looking for a quiet, reflective place to knock out a few hours of work with deep concentration, step into the stately halls of The Newberry Library. The library’s reading rooms are open to members (free but registration required). Settle into one of the reading rooms overlooking Washington Square Park to while away an afternoon getting to inbox zero. 

Where: 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Saturday, 12 AM - 4 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Yes

For more information.

If you’re looking for a quiet, reflective place to knock out a few hours of work with deep concentration, step into the stately halls of The Newberry Library. The library’s reading rooms are open to members (free but registration required). Settle into one of the reading rooms overlooking Washington Square Park to while away an afternoon getting to inbox zero. 

Where: 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Saturday, 12 AM - 4 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Yes

For more information.

Botanical Cafe

Botanical Cafe

Did you know plants can have a calming effect? If you’re looking for a relaxing place to work remotely, check out Botanical Cafe, Chicago’s first plant shop slash cafe. Settle in at one of the cafe’s tables with a cup of coffee, or treat yourself to one of their decadent donuts as you work, all while surrounded by beautiful plants. All the plants in the cafe are for sale, so you can go home with a new addition to your home if something catches your eye! 

Where: 3740 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Hours: Monday 7 AM - 5 PM; Closed Tuesdays, Wednesday - Friday, 7 AM - 5 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 8 AM - 5 PM 

WiFi: Free with purchase 

For more information.

Did you know plants can have a calming effect? If you’re looking for a relaxing place to work remotely, check out Botanical Cafe, Chicago’s first plant shop slash cafe. Settle in at one of the cafe’s tables with a cup of coffee, or treat yourself to one of their decadent donuts as you work, all while surrounded by beautiful plants. All the plants in the cafe are for sale, so you can go home with a new addition to your home if something catches your eye! 

Where: 3740 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Hours: Monday 7 AM - 5 PM; Closed Tuesdays, Wednesday - Friday, 7 AM - 5 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 8 AM - 5 PM 

WiFi: Free with purchase 

For more information.

The Harold Washington Library Center

The Harold Washington Library Center

Not enough space in your apartment? Why not head to the world’s largest public library building to spread out. Inside the expansive Harold Washington Library Center in South Loop, remote workers will find plenty of comfy seating options in the library’s sun-soaked rooms. Pro tip: if you’re looking for quiet while you concentrate, book one of the library’s private study rooms for a truly tranquil space to get work done. If you find yourself needing a break, take a stroll through the stunning atrium of the library’s Winter Garden. 

Where: 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM; Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Limited

Food: None

Neighborhood: The Loop

For more information.

Not enough space in your apartment? Why not head to the world’s largest public library building to spread out. Inside the expansive Harold Washington Library Center in South Loop, remote workers will find plenty of comfy seating options in the library’s sun-soaked rooms. Pro tip: if you’re looking for quiet while you concentrate, book one of the library’s private study rooms for a truly tranquil space to get work done. If you find yourself needing a break, take a stroll through the stunning atrium of the library’s Winter Garden. 

Where: 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM; Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Limited

Food: None

Neighborhood: The Loop

For more information.

Brooklyn Boulders

Brooklyn Boulders

Working remotely…from a rock-climbing gym? Yep, you heard us right. Brooklyn Boulders isn’t just a place for adventurous folks to practice their climbing skills. They also have co-working spaces in both their West Loop and Lincoln Park locations where visitors can set up shop and work while watching other people conquer the climbing routes. 

Where: 100 South Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop) and 2121 North Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park) 

Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 AM – 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 9 AM–6 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Yes in Co-working spaces

Food: Bring Your Own

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park / West Loop

Parking: Street Parking (West Loop), Parking Lot (Lincoln Park)

For more information.  

Working remotely…from a rock-climbing gym? Yep, you heard us right. Brooklyn Boulders isn’t just a place for adventurous folks to practice their climbing skills. They also have co-working spaces in both their West Loop and Lincoln Park locations where visitors can set up shop and work while watching other people conquer the climbing routes. 

Where: 100 South Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop) and 2121 North Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park) 

Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 AM – 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 9 AM–6 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Yes in Co-working spaces

Food: Bring Your Own

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park / West Loop

Parking: Street Parking (West Loop), Parking Lot (Lincoln Park)

For more information.  

Chicago Public Library - Chinatown Branch

Chicago Public Library - Chinatown Branch

The Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch is reimagining how the modern library should look. This stunning, feng shui-inspired aluminum and glass building is an excellent place for remote workers looking for a quiet place to spend the day. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space bright and airy, and there’s plenty of comfortable seating throughout the stacks of books.  

Where: 2100 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Hours: Monday, 12 PM - 8 PM, Tuesday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Wednesday, 12 PM - 8 PM, Thursday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Limited

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Food: None

For more information.

The Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch is reimagining how the modern library should look. This stunning, feng shui-inspired aluminum and glass building is an excellent place for remote workers looking for a quiet place to spend the day. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the space bright and airy, and there’s plenty of comfortable seating throughout the stacks of books.  

Where: 2100 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Hours: Monday, 12 PM - 8 PM, Tuesday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Wednesday, 12 PM - 8 PM, Thursday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

WiFi: Free

Plugs: Limited

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Food: None

For more information.

Standing Passengers

Standing Passengers

In Chicago, there's no shortage of amazing places to get your caffeine fix, but if you're looking for a unique spot, check out Standing Passengers coffee shop. This hidden gem, part cafe, part transit-focused gallery, is located in the heart of downtown. Their coffee is top-notch, and they’ve got plenty of tables or couches to set up your laptop. There’s also a small patio out back if you need fresh air! 

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 8 AM - 7 PM

Where: 1458 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

WiFi: Free

For more information.

In Chicago, there's no shortage of amazing places to get your caffeine fix, but if you're looking for a unique spot, check out Standing Passengers coffee shop. This hidden gem, part cafe, part transit-focused gallery, is located in the heart of downtown. Their coffee is top-notch, and they’ve got plenty of tables or couches to set up your laptop. There’s also a small patio out back if you need fresh air! 

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 8 AM - 7 PM

Where: 1458 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

WiFi: Free

For more information.

Gallery Cafe

Gallery Cafe

Artists and creatives will feel right at home working at Gallery Cafe, a cozy spot where art meets coffee. This bright, all-day cafe features ample seating indoors and outdoors and walls adorned with art to keep you inspired. Opt for one of their decadent breakfast sandwiches to start your day off right! 

Where:1760 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622  

Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily 

WiFi: Free

Food: Breakfast + Lunch

Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Parking/Public Transit: Paid street parking

For more information.

Artists and creatives will feel right at home working at Gallery Cafe, a cozy spot where art meets coffee. This bright, all-day cafe features ample seating indoors and outdoors and walls adorned with art to keep you inspired. Opt for one of their decadent breakfast sandwiches to start your day off right! 

Where:1760 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622  

Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily 

WiFi: Free

Food: Breakfast + Lunch

Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Parking/Public Transit: Paid street parking

For more information.

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