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 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.

Thursday, February 21

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Chicago has a deep history of racism. What should our next elected leaders do about it? Join City Bureau and Niketa Brar of Chicago United for Equity to vote on the racial justice issues that matter most to you and help set the agenda for the next political leaders of our city. The top voted issues will be sent to candidates. You’ll receive their responses in Chicago’s Voter Guide for Racial Equity before the February city elections. Mark your calendar! This will be the final Vote Equity party in the series. Learn more at www.chicagoforall.org. [Postponed from 1/31]

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Saturday, February 23

10:00 am — 11:00 am

Join us for a special Black History Month story time at Build Coffee as we welcome Valerie Reynolds, the author of The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy, for a book reading a signing.

The Joys of Being a Little Black Boy is a vividly illustrated, history-based children’s book that brings to life Roy, a joyful Black boy. Roy will take your little ones on a biopic journey of joy with some of the world’s most notable Black men who—lest we forget—were at one time young Black boys.

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Tuesday, February 26

6:30 pm — 8:30 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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Tuesday, March 26

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