In 1971 Starbucks opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and began a journey that has taken our coffee around the world. With the Chicago Roastery, opened in November 2019 on the city’s Magnificent Mile, Starbucks continue to expand the boundaries of their craft with the world’s largest Starbucks.
Your exploration of the largest Starbucks starts here. Find handcrafted coffee beverages, freshly baked Princi® pastries, exclusive gifts and Starbucks rarest coffees. Before venturing up to the next stunning floor, pause a moment to witness the coffee roasting in front of you.
Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar
This ground-level bar and its surrounding environment were designed as an extension of Michigan Avenue—visible and inviting from the street. Here our master baristas provide an introduction to select Starbucks Reserve™ and Princi® offerings. This special spot allows coffee to be enjoyed a few feet from where it was just freshly roasted for a truly unique experience.
Talk to a Coffee Master and choose a specially packaged Starbucks Reserve™ coffee roasted on-site. Hand-scooping is a tradition that’s been with Starbucks since they opened the doors of theirs first store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and it’s an opportunity to share Starbucks love of coffee with you—one conversation at a time.
The 56-foot cask stands as the centerpiece of the Roastery. It is a sculptural work of art that acts like a multisensory hourglass with the roasted beans as the grains of sand. The skin itself is perforated and slit to reveal views of freshly roasted coffee moving through tubes in all directions. Ride the spiral escalator as it wraps around the cask and gaze up at the ceiling emanating rays that reflect onto Starbucks centerpiece.
Affectionately referred to as the “clacker board” for the unique noise created as letters flip during operation. This is the place to look for information on what Starbucks roasting today—and special events that might be coming up.
Starbuck’s locally fabricated, custom roaster allows us to unlock the enormous potential for flavor in every Starbucks Reserve™ coffee. Watch our master roasters ply their craft—and feel free to ask them questions as they work.
HANDPICKED AT THE ROASTERY (1F & 4F)
This space is dedicated to an authentic Italian bakery created by Rocco Princi, who embodies Italian tradition. The experience results from a collaboration between Starbucks passion for coffee and Princi’s passion for bread. Enjoy Princi’s commitment to authenticity with all your senses.
PRINCI® BAKERY & CAFÉ
This space is dedicated to an authentic Italian bakery created by Rocco Princi, who embodies Italian tradition.
Join Starbucks here to immerse yourself in the art, science and theater of coffee. Experience coffee flights and creations, exploratory brew methods, nitrogen-infused gelato, and espresso classics. Discover innovative coffee preparations showcasing the incredible flavors of Starbucks Reserve™.
EXPERIENTIAL COFFEE BAR
Delve deep into the sensory experience, inspired theater and innovation of coffee craft. Through exploratory brew methods and origin-driven storytelling, the Experiential Coffee Bar offers an engaging moment for those looking to deepen their coffee knowledge.
This flavor wheel is inspired by the tasting profiles our Starbucks Coffee team utilizes to qualify our unique Starbucks Reserve™ coffee. These profiles organize the tasting components of coffee—aroma, mouthfeel, acidity and flavor. Baristas use this as a teaching element when describing our featured coffees.
The fourth floor is home to our Arriviamo™ Cocktail Bar, featuring innovative coffee and tea-forward cocktails, including exclusive cocktails designed by local Chicago mixologists. You’ll also find our Barrel-Aged Coffee Bar, offering spirit-free barrel-aged coffee creations, and learn more about how we combine our mastery of roasting with the craft of barrel-aging.
ARRIVIAMO™ COCKTAIL BAR
Enter a world of inspired cocktails and coffee creations. With a menu designed in collaboration with mixology luminaries Julia Momose, Annie Beebe-Tron and Rachel Miller, every drink is an alchemy of precision and innovation.
BARREL-AGED COFFEE BAR
The centuries-old craft of barrel-aging has historically been used for wine and spirits. Today we combine this process with our mastery of roasting to age green coffee beans in barrels that are used to hold whiskey or other spirits. Experience the unprecedented flavors of barrel-aged coffee in our innovative spirit-free beverages, and learn more about this craft process on the 4th floor.
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