6100 South Blackstone Ave, Chicago

Build Coffee is a soon-to-open coffee shop 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.

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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.

Right now we have Build Coffee gift cards, tote bags, and coasters available in our online shop. Check it out here.

We serve coffee from HalfWit Coffee Roasters, who are small like us but growing fast and 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. Also: it’s delicious.

Our pastries and bread come from Pleasant House Bakery, another local small business. You might know them from their sweet new Pilsen pub, or as the only stand at the 61st St. Farmers Market with a line a dozen deep.

Thursday, January 19

Public Newsroom #5: Linda Lutton

6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

As a WBEZ education reporter, Linda covers schools, education and issues affecting youth in Chicago. You may know her work from the Peabody Award winning episode of This American Life on Chicago’s Harper High School. Public Newsroom #5 will feature a workshop on ‘showing’ v. ‘telling’ in the media using Linda’s incredible body of work, including her latest piece, “The View From Room 205,” a one-hour documentary that takes an unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education in this country.

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Saturday, January 21

Reproductive Justice Teach-In

1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

This teach-in will situate abortion access in a history of exploitation of marginalized groups by the American medical establishment, as well as offer concrete actions to promote reproductive justice in light of the impending Trump administration. Led by Amber Sollenberger, a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, in cooperation with Shout Your Abortion’s #TogetherForAbortion campaign.

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