Baristas in Chicago are joining a union drive that’s sweeping Starbucks nationwide.
Anticonquista Café roasts the only farm-to-cup coffee in Chicago
Last week, 1,900 pounds of catimor arabica coffee beans were sun-drying on a patio high in the mountains of Chiquimula, Guatemala, near the Honduran border. By the time you read this, a quarter ton’s worth will have been milled, hand-sorted for defects, and shipped via FedEx directly to their owner in Chicago, Elmer Fajardo of […]
Moonwalker Cafe is the scratch kitchen every neighborhood deserves
When Arlene Luna moved back to Chicago in December 2020 she discovered that all of her old classmates from the now-defunct Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago had left the life. “Everyone that I knew from back then is no longer in the business,” she says. “I came back and started looking up a few […]
Taking the plunge
Early risers who wanted to greet the lake had a place to gather on Friday mornings this summer and fall. Friday Morning Swim Club, a group meetup for early morning swimmers, was created by five friends last summer and has become very popular over the past year. What started as a small gathering surpassed anything […]
Beabadoobee travels through alt-pop time on Fake It Flowers
British singer-songwriter Beabadoobee is only 20 years old, but on her debut album, Fake It Flowers, she’s written songs that sound like alt-pop favorites from the decade before she was born—mostly the Sundays with a hint of Tanya Donelly. To my ears, her music’s combo of sugary sweetness with a hint of bile defines the […]
Drink like a Mayan god at Avondale’s Caravanserai
Dark Matter Coffee’s newest cafe is a collaboration with Mexico City chocolatier La Rifa.
The two most-read Reader stories of all time both involve major disappointments
What threesomes and coffee have in common.
How Kevin Warwick learned to stop worrying and cultivate a coffee addiction, just like the rest of us
A Reader writer embarks on an epic quest to understand the seductive power of caffeine.
A teenager who disappeared in the 1970s identified as a victim of John Wayne Gacy, and other Chicago news
Also, Jason Van Dyke’s lawyer wants to move the first-degree murder trial out of Cook County.
Cook County Jail is free from federal oversight for the first time in 43 years, and other Chicago news
Also, alderman Ameya Pawar says Democrats contributed to the rise of Rauner and Trump.
O’Hare aviation cops will no longer respond to incidents outside security barrier, and other Chicago news
Also, Bow Truss coffee shops didn’t open Thursday because unpaid employees walked out.
Obama’s making a ‘last-minute push’ to reform Chicago police before Trump’s inauguration, and other news
Also, Showtime has picked up a new scripted show about the lives of young black men on the south side.
Doodle’s serves the holy trinity: doughnuts, bacon, and coffee
Also a side of coloring.
2016 Key Ingredient Cook-Off
Taste and vote for your favorite dish created by 15 of Chicago’s most outstanding Chefs using one of four specific ingredients assigned to each chef!
Salute the Military Latte at Sawada Coffee
Hogsalt Hospitality imports Japanese latte champ Hiroshi Sawada’s brand.