Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.’s favorite independent coffee purveyors, Colectivo Coffee, have unveiled their first Chicago coffee shop, slated to open on Monday, May 22 at 2530 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park. They’ve packed a lot inside the tiny parcel at Clark and Deming, right across the street from a Starbucks. Their biggest achievement may be transforming a crammed parking lot used by employees from the previous tenant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, into a pretty patio space that will stay open even in the fall and winter months.
Colectivo’s beans come Latin America and Africa and their baristas will gladly serve pour-overs if customers have the time. They’ll truck their baked goods fresh every morning from their central bakery in Milwaukee. The facility supplies items for all of Colectivo’s 16 locations. Breakfast burritos, smoothies, and custom tea blends from another Wisconsin brand—Rishi Tea—are also available.
There’s also a selection of draft beers which will make the patio that much more enticing. Eventually, management will seal off the patio, weather-proofing the space so it will be more useful when temperatures plunge. The fire pit also helps.
Colectivo is also planning to open a Logan Square location in October, as well as a third location that hasn’t been confirmed. But for now, take a look at the chain’s first shop outside of Wisconsin.