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Chicago Coffee Shops To Raise Money For The ACLU This Weekend

Saved By The Max also joins the fight against Trump’s immigration ban

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La Colombe in Andersonville is among the coffee shops raising money for the ACLU this weekend.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

While the ACLU continues to grind away in the midst of President Trump’s immigration ban, coffee shops across the country have launched a campaign to raise money for the organization. The campaign, so far, includes 21 38 57 Chicago coffee shops who will donate a portion of their sales this weekend to the ACLU. That includes six Chicago Intelligentsia coffee bars, the four La Colombe cafes in the city and indie shops like Wormhole in Wicker Park and Loba Coffee in Roscoe Village.

More than 400 500 coffee shops across the country have signed on to donate part of their sales on Friday, Saturday on Sunday. Locally, 21 38 Chicago shops are involved as of Saturday morning.

Sprudge, a publication dedicated to coffee culture, came up with the idea. They’re looking for more coffee shops to join the fundraising fun, and they’ll match funds raised, up to $500 per brand/shop. DNAinfo first noticed the campaign involved Chicago shops.

The coffee houses join a bevy of restaurants that are supporting the ACLU. Restaurant, including the Saved By The Bell pop-up, Saved By The Max, have scheduled events. In the Max’s case, they’re scheduled one for Feb. 20, coincidentally President’s Day. For this rare Sunday night dinner, they’re donating patrons’ $10 deposits to the ACLU and portion of food and beverage sales, too. Pop-up co-organizer Derek Berry said they wanted it to make it easy for guests to participate, as The Max has been routinely booked.

Coffee has already made its mark. Over the weekend, coffee vendors at O’Hare International Airport—including Dark Matter, Metropolis and Goddess & The Grocer—came to the aid of volunteer attorneys stationed at the airport and helping travelers affected by the ban.

Here’s a list of the participating coffee shops.

  1. All six Intelligentsia coffee bars
  2. All four La Colombe cafes
  3. The Wormhole
  4. Perkolator Coffee
  5. Cup & Spoon
  6. Loba Pastry & Coffee
  7. Four Letter Word
  8. Next Door Cafe
  9. Beans & Bagels
  10. Metric Coffee
  11. Spoken Cafe
  12. The Coffee Studio
  13. Tall Tale Coffee
  14. (Updated) Metropolis Coffee Co.
  15. Backlot Coffee (Evanston)
  16. Jackalope Coffee & Tea House
  17. Grind Cafe
  18. Dollop Coffee (10 locations)
  19. Front Bar: Coffee & Drinks
  20. Scone City
  21. Nighthawk Coffee Bar and Tavern
  22. (Updated) Big Shoulders Coffee
  23. Brew Brew Coffee & Tea
  24. Cafe Jumping Bean
  25. Brewpoint Coffee (Elmhurst)
  26. Caffe ArrivaDolce
  27. Counter Coffee, Forest Park
  28. Damn Fine Coffee Bar
  29. Fannie’s (Two locations)
  30. Hero Coffee Bar (Three locations)
  31. Kindred Coffee Roasters
  32. La Parada En Pilsen
  33. Owl and Lark, La Grange
  34. Portage Grounds Coffee & Tea
  35. Ten Drops Coffee, Plainfield
  36. Sawada
  37. C.C. Ferns

Intelligentsia Coffee

53 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 312 920 9332

Beans & Bagels

2601 W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 649-0015 Visit Website

The Coffee Studio

5628 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 271-7881 Visit Website

Saved by the Max

1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 687-9824 Visit Website