Drink this: The Screaming Bean

Screaming bean: As Chicago temperatures linger in the range of too cold for comfort, why not indulge in one of the sweetest pleasures of the season by warming up with a hot drink? Cafe Jumping Bean in Pilsen provides the perfect opportunity to sip on everything from silky soy lattes to spiced Mexican hot chocolate, while also tucking into a wide array of sandwiches (vegetarian options abound) and enjoying the 20-year-old coffee shop/art gallery's welcoming community vibe. But when perusing the house specials — white satin mocha, mocha almond delight, the list goes on — make sure to try the Screaming Bean: a rich and creamy hot chocolate drink with the added bonus of a very strong espresso shot. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, this $2.50 confection is a caffeine and chocolate lover's bliss. 1439 W. 18th St., 312-455-0019

— Leah Pickett, Special to the Tribune

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