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. $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.

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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Wednesday, March 27

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Join Illinois Collaboration on Youth and local community leaders—Kyana Butler from Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) and Cherice L. Price from the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE) and the Greater Englewood Development Corporation—for a conversation about how they have effectively mobilized and built coalitions to advocate for the needs of their communities. Panelists will discuss both the barriers and accomplishments in mobilizing and holding elected officials and institutions accountable for the communities they serve. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.

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Thursday, March 28

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Nearly 40,000 people went missing in Mexico between December 2006 to October 2018, according to official records. These disappearances are largely attributed to the country’s drug war. Late last year a team of independent Mexican journalists sought to reveal how a decade of this drug war has turned Mexico into a burial ground. Their investigation—known as #MexicoPaísdeFosas—showed, for the very first time, the increasing discovery of mass graves in Mexico, between 2006 and 2016. This week at the Public Newsroom we’re hosting a member of the investigative team, Mago Torres. Torres will share how the team obtained documents, the challenges they faced, and lessons learned during their year and a half reporting project. After the presentation, attendees will have a chance to learn how to build a layered map like that used in #MexicoPaísdeFosas and give feedback to the reporting.

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Friday, March 29

6:30 pm — 8:00 pm

There is power in our stories. So how do we use story-based strategy and artwork to win campaigns and efforts in our city? How do we challenge and shift dominant narratives without our messaging being co-opted by those in power? How do we utilize those in power to push our issues to the forefront?

Join FTP Artists Collective members Ruby Pinto (Chicago Community Bond Fund), Danbee Kim (Grassroots Collaborative), and Melisa Stephen (No Cop Academy) for a conversation and workshop on utilizing art and storytelling to shift narratives and build power in our communities. Moderated by Monica Trinidad, current artist-in-residence at Build Coffee.

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Saturday, March 30

7:30 pm — 9:30 pm

Black Tide Entertainment presents a release party for SEEDS, a new EP by Maushéa dropping 3/30. Hosted by Pretty Riot, with performances by Ifeanyi Elswith, Asha Omega, LaJé, Dai, and Maushéa. BTE will be collecting supplies for the Chicago Period Project. $5 donation suggested.

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Monday, April 1

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!


Monday, May 6

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!


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!


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