43. Robust Coffee Lounge
Location: 6300 South Woodlawn Ave.
Truly a hidden gem of a coffee shop, this lounge is a mere four blocks south of the University of Chicago campus, and yet remains unknown to many of the students. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere (between empty lots, in fact), this outpost of sleek, industrial décor is still a recent edition to Chicago's South Side. With the draw of fair trade coffee and soon-to-be-famous Belgian waffles, it won't stay secret for much longer.
(For other great college coffee shops, see Complex's list of the 50 Best in America.)