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

The Best Places to Work Remotely in Chicago

Get out of the house and work from somewhere new.

If you’ve been working from your living room for too long, it’s time to switch the WFH scenery. Open your laptop, pull up a seat, and grab a cup at one of Chicago’s best places to work remotely. From art-driven cafes to quirky hotel lobbies, there’s plenty of options to keep the productive juices flowing while you’re away from home.  

The Newberry Library 

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Reminiscent of a college library, The Newberry Library is free and the perfect place to spend a day hard at work. Sign up for the library membership, and then you can retreat to one of the cozy corners. Need some motivation while working? Pop into one of the reading rooms over Washington Square Park.

When: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM, Saturday, 12 AM - 4 PM
Where: 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Standing Passengers 




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Part cafe, part transit-focused gallery, Standing Passengers is a neighborhood coffeehouse that you can easily spend all day in. Pull up a seat at the communal tables or cozy into the couches. For a change of scenery, there’s an open-air patio behind the cafe.  

When: 7 AM - 9 PM Daily 
Where: 1458 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

ACME Hotel Company 

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Working in River North? Head to ACME Hotel Company, a boutique hotel, for an afternoon of coworking. The second-floor lounge is equipped with a fireplace, comfortable seating, bottomless coffee, complimentary wifi, and of course, lots of charging outlets. 

When: Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 5 PM; Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM
Where: 15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Brew Brew Coffee and Tea  




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Fancy working from Mexico? Brew Brew Coffee is a clean-designed cafe, reminiscent of Mexico City and serving up mexican drinks. Familiar options like lattes and nitro are available too at this modern cafe perfect for a work day. 

When: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 3 PM; Weekends, 8 AM - 2 PM
Where: 1641 W 18th St Chicago, IL 60608

Afro Joe’s Coffee & Tea 




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Located in an industrial-inspired space, Afro Joe’s is a calm cafe great for beating the WFH blues. They’ve got espresso, sandwiches, and pastries to keep you going all day long. 

When: Tuesday - Friday, 7 AM - 3 PM; Saturday, 8 AM - 3 PM; Sunday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Where: 8344 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60620

Chicago Public Library - Chinatown Branch 

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A stunning public library in the city, Chinatown Library is hard to stay away from. The buildings’ circular design is award-winning, and with a nod to Feng Shui principles, it’s a calming place to get some work done. After work, take a stroll in nearby Ping Tom Memorial Park. 

When: Monday, 12 - 8 PM, Tuesday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Wednesday, 12 - 8 PM, Thursday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 1 - 5 PM
Where: 2100 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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Art meets coffee at Gallery Cafe. An bright, all-day cafe with ample seating for working and art to keep you inspired. 

When: Monday-Saturday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:734 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60642

Botanical Cafe




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Does anything beat coffee shops and plant stores? Answer: A coffee shop that doubles as a plant store. At Botanical Cafe you can have your cake flowers and eat them too. The cafe’s two-top tables and couch area are delightfully surrounded by lush plants and greenery.

When: Monday, 7 AM - 2 PM; Wednesday - Friday, 7 AM - 5 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 8 AM - 5 PM
Where: 3740 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

The Harold Washington Library Center

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Sunlight is proven to be an instant mood booster. So when you have a long day of work ahead of you, step inside the Harold Washington Library Center and bask under their enormous sunroof. As the largest library in Chicago, there are plenty of comfy seating options and beautiful sun soaked rooms. Pro Tip: Retreat to the ninth floor for working with a view or take meetings in the private study rooms. 

When: Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM; Friday & Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM; Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM
Where: 400 S. State Street Chicago IL 60605

Freehand Chicago 

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A quirky hotel lobby? Yes! Free wifi, coffee and jenga? Yes! The Freehand Hotel has everything you need for a day or work and play. From the colonnades of deskscapes to couches, you could spend a full day here – and even grab a cocktail after work. Go ahead, you deserve it.

When: Daily 
Where: 19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

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