Cafecito, 26 E. Congress Pkwy.; 312-922-2233, cafecitochicago.com
Right inside the Loop's youth hostel is Cafecito, a Cuban-flavored coffee shop with great hot sandwiches, wonderful coffee and free Wi-Fi. The vibe is cozy enough to sit and enjoy a cup of cafecito (Cuban espresso with a teaspoon of sugar, $1.59 for a double), but if you need to just grab and go, this is a nice alternative. We adored the meaty Cubano ($4.99, above), a hot pressed sandwich filled with juicy roasted pork and ham with Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.