Throughout central Fox Valley, from Elgin on down to Aurora, exist some of the most charming cafes and locations to escape the distractions of working from home and get productive - all operated by small business owners. Locations are added as we actually visit the spot and experience it for ourselves. If you see a location missing from this list, feel free to suggest it! (Keep in mind, we try to feature only small businesses and city-funded resources, not national chains and franchises.)
Places to Work Remotely in St. Charles, Illinois
This is an especially great spot for work-from-home moms who have toddlers to handle. Health conscious coffee lovers will appreciate the wide variety of natural options, such as stevia or honey as a sweetener and oat milk as a creamer. You'll also find a full selection of clean, nourishing breakfast and lunch items including the ever popular avocado toast.
St. Charles Public Library
1 S 6th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles library provides the quiet space and wifi you need to get a some laptop work done away from the house. As a member (it's free), you also get access to affordable on-site printing, computer classes, free business resources, meeting and study rooms and a fully separate children's library complete with sensory play area and reading stations.
Places to Work Remotely in Elgin, Illinois
Places to Work Remotely in Geneva, Illinois
22 N 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134
The walk up bar at Nosh cafe and restaurant is a great spot to get a little work done while grabbing brunch. The menu is phenomenal, emphasizing unique twists on classic breakfast and lunch fare. Since this is primarily a restaurant, it's good etiquette to be mindful of taking up a seat when others are waiting. Save this resource for when you plan to order a meal and only be there for 90 minutes or less. It's also a great option for meeting with clients and colleagues while grabbing some grub.
Places to Work Remotely in Batavia, Illinois
Chapters Coffeehouse & Batavia Library
10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510
Tucked inside the Batavia Library and using the same parking lot, you can retreat to the library and grab a treat and cup of joe at the same time. The Chapters Coffeehouse is cozy and quaint with a very spacious patio with ample seating, a refreshing option in good weather. The indoor cafe has very limited seating, so you may need to set up shop inside the library itself.
Places to Work Remotely in West Dundee, Illinois
CRAFT Donuts + Coffee
124 W Main St, West Dundee, IL 60118
Craft Donuts & Coffee is a sweet urban spot tucked away in a row of downtown West Dundee buildings just off the Fox River. Here you'll satisfy all those rich cravings for comfort food with their small batch handcrafted doughnuts while sipping on craft brewed java. The space offers plenty of bench style seating and table and chair arrangements. With classic pendant lights, exposed brick walls and modern kitchen tile, it has an urban, historically-inspired, yet modern ambiance.
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