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 also sell used books, local small press publications, journals, comics, art books, and zines.

The newsletter archive is available here.

Build Coffee hours:


The shop will be closed Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25 for Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 23 through Tuesday, January 1 for Christmas and New Years.

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, mugs, pins, and coasters 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 Wednesdays and 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.

Wednesday, November 21

3:00 pm — 8:00 pm

A one-stop-shop for your sweetest Thanksgiving yet: On Wednesday, November 21, Build Coffee is hosting a pie and record pop-up shop with Maya-Camille Broussard from Justice of the Pies and Grant Crusor from South Rhodes Records.

Preorder your Thanksgiving pies by midnight on November 14th through justiceofthepies.com, including seasonal specials:

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie
Salted Caramel Peach Pie
Bleu Cheese Praline Pear Pie
Chili Roasted Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese Quiche

Grant will be DJing and on hand to talk through his flawlessly crafted collection.

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Tuesday, November 27

6:30 pm — 8:00 pm

This is a monthly meeting by and for sex workers focusing on self care. All genders welcome! See a full calendar of related events in Chicago here.

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Thursday, November 29

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. The hosts of this newsroom, “The City We Impart,” will be some of the people who will write it. Young activists from Mikva Challenge and Cause the Effect will discuss their perspectives on how their unique contributions build on the legacy of Chicago activism, and what they will pass down as ancestors to future generations. How can Chicagoans make sense of the social movements that came before them and imagine those that will come after? This will be the last of three Public Newsrooms co-curated by Rayshauna Gray and Daniel Kay Hertz.

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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.