It's good to get out of the same old neighborhood, to test the waters, or the coffee, somewhere else.
So my friend and I visited Cafe de Leche in Highland Park, our sunny neighbor to the southwest. It's a good spot for a cup of coffee anytime but especially in the late afternoon, when the sun sets opposite this broad window.
I haven't spent much time in Highland Park but I like the feel of the neighborhood. It reminds me of my Chicago days. That's probably because I was hip and young when I lived in Chicago, and Highland Park has a hip, young vibe.