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Kafein

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Fast Food, Vegetarian
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1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
847-491-1621
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chill place to do work on a weeknight

Good coffee drinks, chill music. Might be too loud for some. Electic decor, warm and cozy. On a weeknight, it's sparsely populated but still lively. The booths have just enough space to let your papers sprawl and get some work done.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2014
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Evanston, Illinois
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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Good coffee drinks, chill music. Might be too loud for some. Electic decor, warm and cozy. On a weeknight, it's sparsely populated but still lively. The booths have just enough space to let your papers sprawl and get some work done.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We dropped in for a quick bite and a drink. This place seems to be a student hangout, with many patrons working on term papers on the free wifi. The service was friendly but somewhat lackadaisical. The place didn't look fastidiously clean. I had to grab napkins from the next table, and there weren't any in sight at any of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This place is ideal for late night coffee runs, or anytime of day basically. The tuxedo and aztec mocha are a must. Service is often incompetent- slow and not the nicest. But the drinks are worth it. Decent selection of food as well. Come with friends or with your laptop-but it can be hard to focus when it's crowded or... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

to a real coffee house. You could almost hear poetry being read aloud in the evening. Unfortunately it is not as clean as it could be nor is the food worth the price although it is tasty.

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Cappuccinos and Lattes are excellent along with sandwiches and deserts. A place for students and insomniacs.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

its fully renovated and a new menu for the Cafe and the bar, my Favorite new hangout

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

Sometimes overrun with high schoolers...then again, I did that when I was in high school too. Good desserts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

While it is always extremely loud, the shakes and coffee are fantastic, and the hours are unreal. It's a great place to go when everything else is closed and you have a sweet craving. There are trivia cards on the tables to get conversation flowing, and the servers are almost caricatures of the PMS-y barista with crazy haircuts. Just don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2008

Definitely great shakes. Sometimes too busy and loud for the board games they have out, but great place to share a dessert.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2008

Kafein's shakes are to die for; eveything else is sort of average, and it's always filled with screechy high school students. Given that, the waitstaff's crankiness is understandable.

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Additional Information about Kafein

Address: 1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
Phone Number: 847-491-1621
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Fast Food, Vegetarian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1621 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201-4504
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Evanston
  • Phone Number: 847-491-1621

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Fast Food, Vegetarian
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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