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 Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25 for Thanksgiving and 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.

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 shop is available to rent for public and private events. Shoot an email to our booker directly at events@buildcoffee.org.

Thursday, September 27

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Do you want to learn how to make a FOIA request, but are unsure where to begin? Or are you an expert FOIA requester, and want to share your skills with beginners? Stop by our 80th Public Newsroom for a hands-on workshop on this useful tool, important to journalists and citizens alike. Our presenters for the evening are Chicago Tribune reporter Jennifer Smith Richards, who recently reported on Chicago Public Schools’ inadequate response to sexual abuse in the Betrayed series, and Matt Chapman, who founded the nonprofit Free Our Info. The two will kick off the evening with some background on their own FOIA experience, then outline the basics of making these requests. Attendees will have a chance to participate in small group simulations to practice making use of the tool. As a heads-up, the newsroom will contain mentions of sexual abuse and misconduct.

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Saturday, October 6

11:00 am — 12:00 pm

Join us for our monthly story time at Build Coffee with the Chicago Birthworks Collective! Storytellers Bess Cohen and Tayo Mbande will be reading books about growing families, sharing, working together, and siblinghood! Fun for storybook enthusiasts of all ages, but especially those 0-6. Come early or stay after to enjoy the 61st Street Farmers Market, Chicago’s premier South Side farmers market, open Saturdays from 9am-2pm at 61st and Dorchester.

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Saturday, October 13

10:00 am — 2:00 pm

A pop-up shop so nice, we’re bringing it back twice. Stop by the Build Coffee patio on Saturdays September 15 or October 13 during the 61st Street Farmers Market for a sale from South Rhodes Records! South Rhodes Records 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.

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Saturday, November 3

11:00 am — 12:00 pm

Join us for our monthly story time at Build Coffee with the Chicago Birthworks Collective! Storytellers Bess Cohen and Tayo Mbande will be reading books about growing families, sharing, working together, and siblinghood! Fun for storybook enthusiasts of all ages, but especially those 0-6. Come early or stay after to enjoy the 61st Street Farmers Market, Chicago’s premier South Side farmers market, open Saturdays from 9am-2pm at 61st and Dorchester.

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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.