May 2020 by Marie B.
So thrilled to visit the Starbucks Reserve during my brief Chicago visit! (2/19/20) I have visited both locations in Seattle and enjoy both tremendously. This chilly morning I was greeted by enthusiatic staff at the main entrance. I felt like a little kid riding the escalators and checking out what each floor had to offer. I didn't get the opportunity to have a coffee or freshly baked pastry though. Just took it all in fast forward fashion and vicariously felt energized. Enjoy the photos from my quick visit!
April 2020 by Tammy C.
This is the place to go if you're a coffee lover! As the world's largest Starbucks reserve, they have 4 stories and each story has a theme. It took a while to find seating anywhere as all the floors were packed (except maybe the 4th floor where alcohol was served, but my family and I lucked out and found seating with a good window seat overlooking the bustling streets below us. In addition to ordering some drinks that originated from different parts of the world, we also ordered tiramisu and chocolate croissant. The tiramisu was delectable and everything you would ever want in a tiramisu. Not too sweet, not too heavy. Just perfect. The chocolate croissant was buttery and flaky and not an overkill in chocolate! The cherry on top was getting to the 5th floor, which leads to the rooftop. I imagine during the warmer months it is open, but it was closed when I went up. Nonetheless, the view from above was amazing! Def a touristy spot to come to, but hey when you get here you'll know why!
April 2020 by Connie S.
This reserve gives me the same feels as Disneyland's space mountain. The interior is very nice and all the employees there are super helpful. The lines through... can get really long and the seating can be very difficult. We got a few desserts here and all of them were unimpressive. I was let down.
April 2020 by sarahs-eatss
Great espresso cocktails and appetizers! Very fun and perfect atmosphere for happy hour or pre-dinner drinks. Offered many free samples too
March 2020 by Kelly Tulk
Such a cool place! We were lucky to get inside since they were limiting the number of people allowed in. Good since there wasn't a crowd. Loved the cool design and food/drink options available. Thoroughly enjoy the espresso martini. Worth the multiple attempts to get in.
March 2020 by Ann L.
I would definitely become a regular here if I lived in Chicago. As the world's largest Starbucks with five floors, each floor is different and makes a great hang out spot. You could spend endless hours here chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or have a work/study session. You could also enjoy after-work happy hour at the bar. The atmosphere here is pretty chill despite how crowded and busy it gets. We came at a good time on an afternoon and was able to get a nice table by the window. It was very relaxing as I sip my hazelnut bianco latte accompanied with a chocolate croissant over a view of Chicago. Their unique menu has some really interesting choices. Not your usual Starbucks' menu. Plenty of desserts and baked goods ready to go. Services were friendly and quick. Bet I could have a pretty productive day here.
March 2020 by Natalie N.
I worked at Starbucks for two years and visiting a reserve store was always something I really wanted to do. We don't have any Reserve locations where I'm from so when I found out Chicago had one I knew I HAD to visit it! I truly was not disappointed, I went two times while I was here and it was delicious both times! The experience is exactly what you hear from others and honestly it surpassed my expectations! The layout of the store itself was so incredibly beautiful with about 5 floors I believe? They even had a beautiful rooftop where you can have your coffee up there and see the view of Chicago and it was incredibly breathtaking. This is not your average Starbucks so you won't find the drinks they have at their normal stores. The Reserve stores are truly for people who appreciate craft coffee and don't mind spending a little more for great quality beverages. Starbucks alone is not cheap but these stores are a tad more expensive but again totally 100% worth it. I truly believe this is a MUST especially if you have never been to one of these ever before. You'll truly not regret it at all, I honestly can't wait till I go somewhere else that has a reserve store to have this experience again!
March 2020 by Ashley B.
A must see in Chicago. I love the decor, the sections are all amazing and the overall concept is just awesome. This is the largest starbucks in the world. How could I not stop by? Firstly the design team absolutely killed it. Just the steam punk, modern, warm, industrialized look was so appealing and cool. There was so much to see everywhere. The first floor is for your traditional coffee drinks, the second floor is the bakery, the third floor is experimental coffee and the top floor is a cocktail/coffee bar. The rooftop is also open in warmer weather. Honestly the concept is so cool it's hard to put into words. My fiancé and best friend ordered our coctails and they said it was such a interesting experience it was hard for them to explain. I highly suggest getting a drink up there because they don't have coffee inspired drinks like this anywhere else. All three of us ordered something different and coffee inspired and were all thoroughly impressed. I had a matcha drink and it was absolutely delicious. Overall 5/5 stars. This place is beyond cool and so worth cozying up or exploring. It's surely an experience for tourist or locals.
March 2020 by Kelli Sias
We went first thing on a Saturday morning. It is not a regular Starbucks. I would describe it as a shrine to coffee. The pastries are the real thing. We had the origin flight. It was a great experience. Expect to pay for quality. The cocktail bar had an amazing staff and the drinks were beautiful and delicious. Rooftop wasn't open because of the weather but a cute location. Good experience.
March 2020 by Sasha T.
Can you say gravitas?! I have been to the reserve in Seattle which got me so excited when I realized that there was one close by in Chicago. This place is huge! 3 stories of goodness. The pastries (especially the pistachio one) were so fresh. Unlike a regular Starbucks, I got the gage that the food is made in house daily. On another visit I ordered the salmon toast which was the best possible way to start the day. My only gripe was the confusion between levels. When I'd want something I'd get the response of "we don't have that here, but I can do the coffee and you can get that on the second floor" or vice versa. That meant I had to break up transactions and spend more time than planned but it's fine. The gravitas blend was honestly the best coffee I've ever had. This is a very special place if you love Starbucks and/or coffee in general. Many photo ops here as well with all the cool decor
March 2020 by Richard F
The Starbucks Roastery is a high energy Starbucks, the music is louder than in other Starbucks. And the pastry selections are much upscale and worth the extra price. This is a fun place to visit and enjoy a special drink / snack and people watch
March 2020 by Holly Dusek
Wow, that was such a great experience. Made a quick weekend trip mainly to come here! Although it was a cold Saturday morning, the line moved quick. They let big groups in at a time so I felt like we were constantly moving although the line was long.
March 2020 by Perry Ah
This space is massive, boasting 4 floors with something different on each level. You could really spend a lot of time in here with all the stuff they have to offer. Got everything from baked goods, whiskey barrel aged coffee, and a full bar on the top floor. I tried out their cold brew flight and it was really something. That whiskey barrel aged coffee is super smooth and a delight to drink. This is one of the most popping spots on the Mag Mile for sure.
March 2020 by Sheeyam Shellvacumar
Just Wow. One of the newest and coolest attractions in Chicago which shouldn’t be missed. This is the largest Starbucks in the world. There are only 6 SB reserves and this is one of them and third in the USA after Seattle and New York. Beautiful interiors and atmosphere. Prices are high but they have some cool mixtures of coffee. Magnificent mile became more magnificent with this. It’s always crowded and merchandise available for purchase.
March 2020 by Doris T.
Visiting this Starbucks was such an experience! The interior was really nice and you can enjoy your coffee with a view. The only downside was that it was so expensive. I ordered a tall latte and it was $7 before tax and tip. But the hazelnut latte had a nice bold flavour to it. Went here on a Thursday afternoon and didn't find it busy at all. Didn't have to wait in a long line or anything. I could see it getting really busy on a weekend though.
March 2020 by Tiffany Y.
So I arrived here at around 12pm on Sunday. Since it's weekend there are a lot of people taking photos or enjoying their coffee. I ordered the cold brew and one croissant, on the first floor there's no seat so I took the elevator to the fourth floor. The 4th floor is also a bar and you can order their signature cocktail there. The cold brew is amazing and I can feel the quality of their coffee beans, while the bakery is just average level. There are lots of people so the atmosphere can be noisy and crowded, I'd suggest come during weekdays and avoid rush hours, or you will wait in line for a long time to order you foods. The decoration is special and I especially like the Chicago logo in the first picture, which takes me a long time to take a photo without tourists haha!! My friend recommends their cocktail to me but I haven't tried it, maybe next time I'd go for some!
February 2020 by June L.
I was really on the fence about visiting here just because it felt like people overhyped the place... Clearly, I was wrong! This place deserves all the hype. From the architecture and interior design to the infinite types of coffee and coffee toys, this place has it all to its best. The only reason why I gave it a 4-star was because the line is INSANELY long on the weekends, and it's really hard to find seating inside the café. Other than that, it's definitely worth checking this place out if you're a coffee lover and want a new café experience! Oh! Also, recommend buying the Whiskey Barrel-Aged Guatemala if you like bourbon or any sort of whiskey -- absolutely one of a kind! (Pretty pricey, but definitely worth it)
February 2020 by Clara S.
Starbucks really went all out with this one. It was so hyped that it was impossible to get into this reserve without waiting in a long line for a while- but recently the lines have died down a little, allowing us locals to finally get a chance to try it out! I was able to walk right in, though the wait for any of the floors' drinks/food was still a bit much. Definitely plan to spend at least an hour here to get your full experience. Each floor is slightly unique, but I preferred being able to sit at the bar on the fourth floor. In the summertime, I think the rooftop terrace would be very nice to sit at- but again, this would probably require a long wait and dealing with way too many tourists. Regardless of the tourist trap and being smack dab in the middle of Michigan ave, which I avoid like the plague, this reserve is worth at least one visit. I had a whiskey barrel-aged cold brew, and this was so strong and sweet. A few sips were delicious, but after a while, the bourbon vanilla syrup was a bit much, and my hands were jittery. The espresso martini was delicious, and the price expected with any nice cocktail bar in the area.
February 2020 by Jonathon Lewis
Such a magical place. One worker described it as the Willy Wonka of coffee. Yep. That’s right. There are even coffee beans traveling through pipes near the ceiling. All the coffee and treats we tried were amazing. The origin flight was really special and more than enough for 2-3 people. They even serve it with 2 tiny cups for each pot of coffee. The salads and pastries all taste so fresh. Definitely check out the floor with the whiskey barrel aged coffee. It is incredible. There are specialty coffees they only sell there and merchandise only available there. Word of warning: you can’t redeem Starbucks stars at this location. Other than that super amazing place!
February 2020 by Jacob E
Had an awesome experience here. The building is absolutely beautiful and everything in it is crafted at a high level. The staff is helpful and the space is detailed in a rare way. Don't come here is you're just looking for a cup of coffee though. Had to wait in line to get in and the place was packed. It's certainly worth the wait if you are in no rush though. The Experiential floor of the building has coffee flights that give you an awesome experience in trying different coffees and picking out the flavors and aromas.
February 2020 by Angela S.
Tourist in my own town! Waited until the major hype of opening day slowed before venturing to this newly-famous Starbucks mothership. Unfortunately my limited time only allowed me to tour the many floors like a museum. The lines were just too long to place an order, and to be honest, $9 for a slice of pizza was alarming and a pretty good sign that this stop would go well beyond my $ comfort zone. If I lived out of state, I would indulge myself. Or if I was meeting up with a friend, I might also splurge a bit. Mary L's mention of Willy Wonka in her review says it all. It's a magical coffee wonderland. Each floor, with the exception of the cocktails floor and rooftop deck offered coffee and some kind of a sweet and savory nosh. Let me tell you, the food and desserts looked outstanding. In a case on the ground floor, I immediately spotted some mini tarts that were calling out my name. If coffee is your life, this is where you'll experience life on steroids. At this Starbucks you can try all sorts of coffee blends. You can create your own concoction and have it made, and experience unique pour overs made in beakers that look like something out of a science lab. In fact, come to think of it, the entire place is a ginormous coffee science lab! This location used to be Crate and Barrel. I love how they made the furniture disappear and brought in the cafe tables. Rooftop deck is closed in the cold weather, but in the summer, it will no doubt make for a breathtaking view. Worth checking out at least once in your lifetime.
February 2020 by Mary L.
Love Love Love. Went here once on a Sunday! Everyone is kind and helpful. You feel like you are in Willy Wonka's world, but coffee! It is a must to walk each floor and look around. Try to order only once, because each order may take quite a wait in line. . Snag a table in front of the windows if you can, and stay to sip and enjoy the view. Come with a few other people, so some can hold the table, while others explore. Inhale the cool coffee culture .Try a drink you have never had. Enjoy the delicious pastries, salads, sandwiches! It seems many of the items are repeated on more than one floor. Plan to spend around 18.00 for a drink and a food item(savory). Cocktails obviously are pricey.and look marvelous.. espresso martini? I'm in!
February 2020 by Daniel B.
Not your typical Starbucks, not that I'd imagine anyone would confuse it for one though. This 4 story Starbucks in Chicago is a pretty unique experience, even for those that don't drink coffee. On the two times I've been here, I've made my way to the 3rd floor pretty quickly, as that's where the coffee magic happens. They have multiple coffee experiences, allowing you to try a variety of coffee on a flight; however, they do have your one cup drinks as well, including some very interesting lattes. I've tried both a pistachio and cardamom latte. Both were nicely sweet, definitely not a mouthful of sugar. The 4th floor has alcoholic coffee drinks, which I've never tried, but would venture to say are very unique. They also have this whiskey-barrel aged coffee, which is honestly incredible. The flavor of the whiskey comes out very strong but overall, the coffee has a very smooth finish. One of the best coffees I've ever had. It is very expensive though for a bag, so definitely don't want to waste any at home. There's also some cool merchandise for purchase for any coffee aficionados in your life. If you're already on Michigan Ave, you might as well stop in and partake in the festivities!
February 2020 by Chul W.
Wow... I didn't have much expectation about this place. But it was so great that I can have coffee, foods and drinks from Starbucks. There are total 5 floors . First floor has princi pastries and reserve hand craft Coffee. Second floor has bakery and cafe. (Pizza , salad and pasta) Third floor -experiential coffee bar. I had Origin flight. You can try 3 different coffee at the same time. Fourth floor cocktail bar and fifth floor is roof terrace. Highly recommend for Tourists or some one love coffee. There is only 6 Starbucks Reserve Roastery all around the world.
February 2020 by Danielle B.
I had the most amazing experience here while visiting Chicago . While you may expect to only see alcohol everywhere, this location is super classy and tasteful . The food is amazing and Daniel was the best bartender upstairs on the 3rd floor . I ordered the ham and mushroom pizza and Expresso Martini . Take my advice - ORDER THEM ! 5 stars .
February 2020 by Madison S.
Came on a Sunday afternoon - no waiting in line but the place was PACKED. It was nearly impossible to walk around without slamming into a small child There's a ton of shiny objects with little meaning because the place is too busy to stop and look. Each floor offers different types of food/ coffee experiences. Princi has amazing food always (check out their Fulton market location). The staff seemed fairly confused and unsure of the food items when I asked questions about them. The latte was underwhelming . The whole experience was a bit too overwhelming and felt very rushed - might be more enjoyable if there's less people
February 2020 by Mackenzie M.
Finally made it inside this gigantic coffee filled four story heaven. Each floor has a different feel, and offers different coffees, alcoholic beverages, pizza! And more. I was floored on how beautiful the architect and decor is, it it truly very appealing to the eyes. There is so much to look at and experience. So much seating. Made me feel like i was back in Europe at a coffee shop. The lighting, the employees, everything was so pristine. Such a fun experience !
February 2020 by Jennifer H.
I love Starbucks. I am a Starbucks addict. But I was absolutely overwhelmed by this location. There are coffee/food bars on each level. But it's not clear what is available with just a glance. I did notice folks have menus on different levels - no idea where they got them. No idea what is offered. And I wasn't interested in standing in line for something I didn't even know what it was for. I did see they had pastries - like patisserie kind of pastries. This isn't your normal Starbucks offerings. I also saw folks eating pasta - not. Not typical Starbucks. For a cold February with not a lot of folks downtown, this place was so so busy. There weren't a lot of chairs or places to sit open. Can you even imagine how crazy this place is when tourism is up? People seemed drawn here and happy. But I was happy to leave. Let other people manage the hassle and craziness.
February 2020 by Ann Marie M.
If you're a Starbucks fan and/or just a fan of architecture, stop by here for the experience. I've been to the Seattle and Sacramento Reserve, but this location blows those areas out the water. There are 5 floors of fun aromas, colors, details, decor, souvenirs and pastries/food! Yes, I said food. This location sells PIZZA! The cold brew here is a bit strong and def couldn't sleep after drinking it, but it was tasty. If you're a fan of something sweet, the Affrigato was yummy (shot of expresso with ice cream). The Nitro Mole mocha was bitter + sweet as well. This location is not the average Starbucks. Staff here are are geared up with tablets to their hips, dressed in dapper uniforms and are busy!!! From making experimental orders to serving up meals, this place is def a crazy place to experience - especially during the weekends. This location even has a rooftop, but it's closed during colder seasons. Don't fret if you can't get rooftop seating, there are plenty of multi shaped chairs, seating, bars and even cute baby high chairs. Lots and lots of seating available! Stop by if you're curious. I enjoyed myself. Enjoy :)
February 2020 by Lex S.
Is it cool to say that you've been to the biggest Starbucks in the world or is it basic? I'm honestly cool with either so it's fine. Had some extra time in Chicago and HAD to make a stop here to check it off my list. Five floors of coffee, pastries and all around goodness. Much bigger than I imagined it to be, that's for sure. Each floor is slightly different, but you can pretty much get coffee and pastries on all floors. There is a bar on the fourth floor if you're feeling more adventurous. I came here for my lunch around 2:30ish on a Tuesday and don't feel that it was very crowded. I actually expected it to be ridiculously packed, but it was just fine. I got some kind of prosciutto sandwich, a pastry, and a cold brew. The food was delicious! I was hoping they would have more souvenirs than they did, but I ended up getting a jigsaw puzzle and a keychain anyway. I do feel the prices were a little high, but also expected it. Checked it off my list and may come back for some pastries the next time I'm in Chicago!