This is one of the best coffee shops in Chicago, pictured during daytime and evening. I'm told that in England, the institution of the 'coffee shop' as known in the U.S. is nonexisent. They do have Starbucks, Costa Coffee and other independant shops, but generally they're for buying coffee for take-away, or maybe to linger for a short while. But to come have a coffee and muffin, 'hang out' and talk with friends, sit alone at a table with books or homework, or especially to sit and type away on a *laptop* -- no, this is a strange concept to our cousins in the UK.
Could it be that 'pub culture' is much more a part of British society than it is in the US? Is the coffee shop the perfect antidote for people who want to spend time out with friends on a rainy evening, and who don't want to go sit in a bar? Are bars old news in the U.S., losing their appeal? Anyway, here are some shots of the place, day and night.