Did you know you can order a glass of wine or a bottle of beer at Starbucks? Well, not at most Starbucks, but at Chicago's flagship location at Oak and Rush, you can. The first floor is your typical Starbucks, with coffee drinks and La Boulange pastries. The stairs lead up to the Lounge, a full service sit-down area where you can order adult beverages with delicious appetizers and small plates, in addition to coffee and pastries. The recommended pairing during my brief visit was a glass of Montepulciano and artichoke and goat cheese flatbread. Throughout the week they host wine and beer tastings, coffee and espresso seminars, tea seminars, live entertainment on Friday nights, and open arts night on Wednesday evenings. There is a small outdoor terrace overlooking Rush Street to do some great people-watching.
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