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The Coffee Alley Open on Taylor

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There's plenty of history on Taylor Street, but not many coffee shops. The Coffee Alley, a brand new concept nestled among the pasta and taverns of Little Italy, opened December 20 to fill one void and complement another. The building has stood since 1887, and husband-and-wife team Bill and Sara Roberts designed the space to highlight the historic location.

The "old alley" theme flaunts hand-layed cobblestone floors, exposed century-old brick walls, copper-ceiling ventilation, and retro street lamps. The clientele merges old and young, as local police and business owners seamlessly mingle with UIC students and tourists in the 40-seat space.

The menu is a simple mix of specialty coffee drinks (courtesy of Philadelphia's La Colombe) like a coconut cream white chocolate latte, to go with breakfast sandwiches, paninis, pastries, salads, and nibbles like panini sticks. They're open from 6:30 AM until 9 or 10 PM daily, late hours providing time to showcase local musicians in open mics and other performances. UIC student art hangs on the retro-fitted walls.

The location was vacant for six years before The Coffee Alley set up shop. Here's to hoping it won't be vacant again any time soon.

· The Coffee Alley [Official Site]
· All Coverage of Taylor Street [~ECHI~]
· All Coverage of Little Italy [~ECHI~]

[Photo: The Coffee Alley]

The Coffee Alley

1152 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL