Starbucks is opening a new Starbucks Reserve Roastery location, and it's going to be epic! The four-story coffee shop will open in Chicago on Nov. 15, according to Delish, and it's the ultimate pit stop for serious Starbucks fans only. In case you haven't experienced the Starbucks Reserve Roastery before, just know that it's essentially a coffee-lover's Disneyland, and it serves specialty craft coffees that you won't find at your average Starbucks.
The new Reserve location in Chicago is located on North Michigan Avenue in a space that formerly housed Crate & Barrel, and it's the sixth one in the US, following the original Roastery in Seattle, which opened in 2014, the Shanghai Reserve from 2017, the Roasteries in New York City and Milan, which opened in 2018, and this year's newest location in Tokyo. Plans for the new spot were first announced in 2017, and now the opening is finally almost here.
Visitors who make their way to the Chicago Reserve Roastery, which is the largest of the six, can expect a "fully sensorial coffee environment dedicated to roasting, brewing and packaging its rare, small-batch Starbucks Reserve coffees from around the world," according to a statement from Starbucks. "Tailored to the Chicago customer, the interactive four-story, 43,000-square-foot space will also be designed to bring coffee craft to life by offering multiple brewing methods, specialty Reserve beverages and mixology." Essentially, if you take your coffee more seriously than you do just about anything else, this is the ultimate destination.
In the initial press release, Starbucks's former Executive Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz explained why this location is extraspecial, saying, "Having opened our first Starbucks store in Chicago nearly 30 years ago, our first outside of Seattle, this is a very special city for me. At the time, it was a true test for Starbucks because the Chicago customer is so savvy and discerning about their coffee."
Starbucks might not typically be on your Chicago sightseeing list, but we have a feeling it will be now.