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.

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Build will be closed for MLK Day on Monday, January 15

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!

We cater coffee, tea, pie, pastries, and more—check out the menu here and get in touch at catering@buildcoffee.org or (773) 627-5058.

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!

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, March 1

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Public Newsroom #53 will feature Chicagoan and author Daniel Kay Hertz in a conversation around his upcoming book The Battle of Lincoln Park: Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago. The book will examine gentrification that happened in Lincoln Park during the mid-20th century and also discuss how Chicago’s segregated wealthy neighborhoods were created. Attendees will have a chance to give feedback to Hertz’s book before he submits the final manuscript as well as learn how to use archival resources to better understand the history of community conflict and how they can be applied to today’s gentrifying areas.

Thursday, March 8

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

The Chicago Data Collaborative launched in January with a mission to collect criminal justice data “from public agencies, organize and document that data, and link the data together.” This week at the Public Newsroom the Collaborative is seeking feedback from reporters, community organizers and others who would like access to their data or join the initiative. Attendees will have a chance to talk through opportunities and challenges to using this data within newsrooms as well as on the ground.

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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.