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Andrew / August 13, 2003 11:49 AM

A couple mentioned in the fav. coffeeshop thread:
- Pause café near the Berwyn Red Line stop (free for Macs)
- Millennium Perk

Naz / August 13, 2003 11:58 AM

Dave knows better, but from the Intelligentsia on Broadway, you can pick up a good signal for Wired Findanglebob. Not too hard to "hack" or "chop" if you know what I mean.

Shylo / August 13, 2003 1:38 PM

There's free WiFi at this cafe on Foster across from the really good Middle Eastern bakery. They have crepes.

Wiz of Odds / August 13, 2003 1:57 PM

Hey I know the one. I gotta go all the way up there to buy tea.

jk / August 13, 2003 1:59 PM

They have free WiFi at Westgate Coffee on Madison, west of Halsted. A very cozy, friendly, independent shop.

paul / August 13, 2003 3:13 PM

Argo Tea at 958 Armitage.

In Evanston - Cafe Mozart, Panera, Prairie Moon is wifi-ed too, for a price, but the bartender's have cards they'll give out for $10 credits. Somebody told me the spread reaches Nevin's, but I'll have to test that.

Naz / August 13, 2003 3:23 PM

There are free hot spots in my pants, I can tell you that.

Yes, yes, I had to do that. The question begged me to. In my defense, I did have a legit post before this.

Andrew / August 13, 2003 3:35 PM

(Naz, channeling Nelly:)
"It's a hot spot in herre, so turn on all yo' laptops."
(That chick from the video:)
"Yes it's a hot spot in herre, so I will turn on my laptop."

Etc., etc., etc.

lacey / August 13, 2003 3:59 PM

Oh good grief.

ryan p / August 13, 2003 4:21 PM

What are these "computers" that you speak of?

A lex, x, x / August 13, 2003 5:28 PM

You ain't whistling Dixie, Lacey. Oh good grief is right!

dayzella / August 14, 2003 6:16 AM

The free wifi spot on Fostor is called "Cafe DaDa" - a Romanian-run pizza and crepe place. They give AA points for purchases, too. Very nice people :)

Shylo / August 14, 2003 8:33 AM

Did Gapers' just jump the shark courtesy of Andrew's Nelly cover?

Cinnamon / August 14, 2003 10:38 AM

I think Andrew needs to get his CD player fixed in his car before I no longer recognize him. Nelly?

Andrew / August 14, 2003 11:08 AM

I gleaned the two Nelly lyrics I know (the two I parodied) from watching MTV.

billyO / September 2, 2003 2:27 PM

I've been riding the 151 up and down along Sheridan in the Lincoln Park area and there are *many* unsecure WiFi waves available. I just sat on a bench outside the arboretum (sp?) north of the zoo and had high DSL speed connection.

Lovely on a cool fall semi-cloudy day! (ya know... being able to see the screen?)

Eric / September 2, 2003 5:24 PM

I am collecting wifi data and would like to share it, but I haven't found a site to put it so I just threw it up on a page of my own for now.

I am using netstumbler and stumverter and ms mappoint.


Scott / September 3, 2004 11:47 AM

hey guys-

If you're looking for free wi-fi data, we've got a ton. Our company, Nebo Group, started collecting this data a while back for a few different cities we work in. It's pretty cool.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Scott / September 3, 2004 11:50 AM

I thought the URL would've shown up, but it didn't. We're in the process of revamping the sites to all look like

The free wi-fi listings are at:

Scott / September 4, 2004 12:35 AM

Hey Eric-

If you're interested in a great place which houses only FREE wi-fi listings, check out

Take care,


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