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.

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Build Coffee hours

 

Build will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial 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, 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.

Saturday, May 25

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Build Coffee is thrilled to welcome Kenyatta Forbes of Urban Macrame Fibers for the third installment of our weekly patio pop-up series at the 61st Street Farmers Market! Kenyatta Forbes is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses her own experiences in exploration of fiber as a lease for understanding the world. Using a mixture of traditional hand techniques like weaving, knotting, sewing, and leather making, she combines elements to create narratives. Focusing more on process that completion, pieces are not planned but born and developed over time. Seeing her practice as a component to mindfulness, she uses the meditative nature of fiber play to form connections to the past, present, and future.

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Monday, June 3

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

The Experiment is a free open mic at Build Coffee every first Monday of the month. Bring your songs, poems, music, stories, dances—whatever you can do in five minutes. Sign-ups open up at 6pm!


Thursday, June 6

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Racial bias in jury selection is harmful, wide-spread, and very difficult to catch. When challenged, lawyers can say almost anything to get rid of a prospective juror they don’t want. The result, studies have shown, are juries that are stacked with white jurors. Courts are often not subject to public records laws, and the parts that are can be stingy with records. So how can defendants, journalists, and the public get creative when it comes to investigating the system and its effects? Data reporter Will Craft leads City Bureau’s 111th Public Newsroom. He’ll talk about how In The Dark, an APM Reports podcast, investigated jury selection in Mississippi to reveal the stark disparities in how the district attorney treated jurors of different races over his 26-year tenure.

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Saturday, June 8

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

On June 8, Build Coffee welcomes ReformedSchool to our patio for a one-day-only pop-up during the 61st St Farmers Market. ReformedSchool’s mission is to utilize eco-fashion to educate and spark conversation about the environment as well as history and social justice in style. Their product line is made from repurposed vintage fabrics, leathers and recycled plastic bottles as much as possible. Their enamel pins are designed to shine a spotlight on both social justice and African Diasporan history.

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Saturday, June 22

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Found Objects is a lifestyle brand whose mission is to encourage women to embrace their power. Creator Angelica Callanta was born and raised in the city of Chicago. Rooted in her Filipino heritage, she discovered hip-hop music as a preteen. The history, politics, boldness, and beauty of both cultures would heavily influence not just her style but the way in which she viewed the world. The woman who wears Found Objects is at once classic & fierce, elegant & dramatic, powerful & graceful. She makes a statement without having to say a word, just like her Found Objects jewelry.

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Saturday, June 29

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

South Rhodes Records is returning to the Build Coffee patio four times this summer to bring you the best vinyl your turntable’s ever played! SRR is an online vinyl record store founded in early 2018 by Grant Crusor. Their goal? Intentionally curate your record collection by shining a light on the best Hip-Hop, Jazz, and R&B on wax. Operating from Woodlawn, they provide the best in new and reissued music as well as rare, mint-condition originals. These pop-ups will take place on May 11, June 15, July 13, and August during the 61st Street Farmers Market. Pick up some music to spin with your local fruits and veggies!


Saturday, July 6

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Las Topo Chicas are a femme & queer people of color artist collective based on the South Side of Chicago. Their mission is to cultivate and sustain creative space in and around the South Side that invites femmes & queer people of color. They commit to creating financially and physically accessible spaces that center non-normativity, pro-hoe, and radically compassionate community building. On July 6 Las Topo Chicas are coming to the Build Coffee patio to vend handmade prints, zines, patches, and jewelry!

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Saturday, July 13

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

South Rhodes Records is returning to the Build Coffee patio four times this summer to bring you the best vinyl your turntable’s ever played! SRR is an online vinyl record store founded in early 2018 by Grant Crusor. Their goal? Intentionally curate your record collection by shining a light on the best Hip-Hop, Jazz, and R&B on wax. Operating from Woodlawn, they provide the best in new and reissued music as well as rare, mint-condition originals. These pop-ups will take place on May 11, June 15, July 13, and August during the 61st Street Farmers Market. Pick up some music to spin with your local fruits and veggies!

Learn more →

Saturday, August 10

9:00 am — 1:00 pm

South Rhodes Records is returning to the Build Coffee patio four times this summer to bring you the best vinyl your turntable’s ever played! SRR is an online vinyl record store founded in early 2018 by Grant Crusor. Their goal? Intentionally curate your record collection by shining a light on the best Hip-Hop, Jazz, and R&B on wax. Operating from Woodlawn, they provide the best in new and reissued music as well as rare, mint-condition originals. These pop-ups will take place on May 11, June 15, July 13, and August during the 61st Street Farmers Market. Pick up some music to spin with your local fruits and veggies!

Learn more →

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