6100 South Blackstone Ave, Chicago

Build Coffee is a coffee shop and bookstore in the Experimental Station on the South Side of Chicago. Surrounded by community-driven non-profits and civic journalism projects, Build is designed as a hub of great coffee and radical collaboration.

We act as a small venue for performances, workshops, gallery shows, book groups, game nights, and more. We sell used books, local small press publications, journals, comics, art books, and zines.

We also run the Build Coffee Meal-Based Residency Program, a gallery show and residency aiming to nourish and sustain local art and artists. Applications are currently open through July 31, 2019. 

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Build Coffee hours

 

Build will be closed Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

Build Coffee is located at: 6100 South Blackstone Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
We’re in the Experimental Station, a non-profit working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. Our neighbors within the two-story brick building include bike shop/mentoring program Blackstone Bicycle Works and three of the most exciting journalism projects in the city: the Invisible Institute, City Bureau, and the South Side Weekly.

We also share the building with the 61st St. Farmers Market, a year-round market with fresh food from local and regional farms.

We have Build Coffee totes, pins, crewnecks, and gift cards available in our online shop!

Our bookshop features carefully curated used books and new stock from local presses and indie publishers. If you’re an artist or small press and would like to get your books/zines/comics/chapbooks on our shelves, check out our consignment form and get in touch at books@buildcoffee.org. We also gratefully accept book donations!

We serve coffee from HalfWit Coffee Roasters, who are small like us but serious about their beans. Like we do, they think coffee should be thoughtfully sourced, roasted and brewed with love and skill, and served without pretension.

Our pie is from Justice of the Pies, an out-of-this world local bakery. We make our toast from Publican Quality Bread, which features local grains and award-winning, naturally leavened loaves. Whole boules and baguettes are available Saturdays!

We cater hot coffee and tea, local pies and pastries, light lunches, and more—check out the menu here and get in touch at catering@buildcoffee.org or (773) 627-5058. $5-$10 delivery to Hyde Park & Woodlawn available with advance notice.

Build Coffee acts as a small venue for performances, workshops, gallery shows, book groups, game nights, and more. Interested in hosting with us? The shop is available to rent for public and private events. Shoot an email to our booker directly at events@buildcoffee.org.

Sunday, August 25

5:00 pm — 6:30 pm

Build Coffee artist-in-residence Naimah Thomas will lead a workshop in conjunction with her current show, Wounded Healer. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

This workshop, the first in a series, invites people to think about how their experiences may or may not shape how we navigate the world around us. Engaging in the creative process provides a space to explore a person’s intersecting identities and how we all are capable of supporting ourselves as we work in collaboration with others. We will collectively engage in the creative process through expression, discussion, and vulnerability. Within this space, we potentially create together all will be encouraged to be brave, inclusive, and serve as a creative act of resistance.

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Saturday, September 7

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Join us September 7 on the patio as GnarWare Workshop shows off wares from their many makers. There will be cups, bowls, vases, and many other curious objects for your pleasure. GnarWare Workshop is a ceramics studio located at 1838 West Cermak Rd in Pilsen. It was founded by artist and educator Liz McCarthy in 2017. GnarWare serves the greater Chicago area by providing a work space dedicated to ceramic material and open conversations about clay, craft and form. This space offers studios, series classes, workshops, and drop-in tutorials, enabling artists and hobbyists to work through ideas.

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Sunday, September 8

5:00 pm — 6:30 pm

Build Coffee artist-in-residence Naimah Thomas will lead a workshop in conjunction with her current show, Wounded Healer. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

This workshop, the second in a series, invites people to think about how their experiences may or may not shape how we navigate the world around us. Engaging in the creative process provides a space to explore a person’s intersecting identities and how we all are capable of supporting ourselves as we work in collaboration with others. We will collectively engage in the creative process through expression, discussion, and vulnerability. Within this space, we potentially create together all will be encouraged to be brave, inclusive, and serve as a creative act of resistance.

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Saturday, September 21

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Jamila Goods is potter Jess Miller, based in Chicago. Jess makes functional ceramics influenced by feelings, intuition, and playfulness. Her work as a clinical psychologist greatly informs her pottery practice—she strives to counterbalance the seriousness and intellectual focus her job demands with a more playful and impulsive method of creating. She has found wheel-throwing to be an ideal complement to being a therapist, encouraging her to get out of her mind and tune into her body to be able to center and form the clay. In trying to find synergy between the disciplines of therapy and pottery, she hopes that each practice informs and strengthens the other.

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Saturday, September 28

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Daysprite Design is Sam Hultberg, an artist and arts educator raised in Brooklyn, NY and working out of Bridgeport. Her work consists of sculpture, design, and fabricated objects as well as writing and photography. She is a recent BFA graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2018), teaches part-time at One River School of Art and Design, and makes and sells handmade jewelry at several shops around the city. Sam’s work explores the semiotics of props, how assumptions of function vs. dysfunction help us navigate reality, and capitalism’s love affair with all things plastic. She is passionate about public skill sharing, camping, crocheting, small reptiles, and learning a new thing everyday.

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We’d love to hear from you. To get in touch, email info@buildcoffee.org or fill out the contact form below.