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 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.

Catering is available on a pick-up basis as we build out our delivery system. For large-scale, advance orders, shoot us an email! We’re happy to work with you to get you what you need.

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

Thursday, April 26

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

At the April 26 Public Newsroom, take a special look inside a community radio program! South Side Weekly Radio, which revamped in June 2017, is the nonprofit alt weekly’s on-air counterpart. Every week they bring us interviews with South and West Siders about arts, culture, and politics across Chicago. In the past, they’ve had guests ranging from local organizers, like Kristiana Rae Colón, to national celebrities, like Lena Waithe. The all-volunteer team will tell us a little about SSW Radio’s origins, why they do community radio, and how they put out a weekly broadcast. Presenters Erisa Apantaku and Olivia Obineme will lead activities on writing for radio and preparing for an interview. Then they’ll turn it to you: what do you want to see from a community radio program?

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Thursday, May 10

3:00 pm — 4:30 pm

Propeller Fund awards $50,000 per year to artists and groups for collaborative, public-oriented, artist-led projects that are independent and self-organized. Monetary awards—in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 are disbursed in direct funds to projects. On May 10, drop in to Build Coffee to meet with Propeller Fund staff and address individualized questions for the July 1 application deadline. Walk-in sessions are free and open to all.

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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.