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

Thursday, August 16

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

In Fall 2017, Free Street Theater’s Artistic Director Coya Paz was awarded the inaugural Engagement Challenge Award by ProPublica Illinois and Illinois Humanities. Paz and other Free Street staff have led workshops across the state as a way to help residents engage with ProPublica Illinois’s investigative work. So what does it look like to use theater to create a dialogue around a reported story or community issue? We’re hosting Paz and ProPublica Illinois Engagement Reporter Logan Jaffe this week at the Public Newsroom to find out!

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Saturday, August 18

10:00 am — 2:00 pm

On Saturday, August 18, join us for Build Coffee’s first pop-up shop! 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. This will take place during the 61st Street Farmers Market. Stop by to pick up some music to spin with your local fruits and veggies!

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Saturday, September 8

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 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, 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.