San Francisco cult favorite Philz Coffee officially opens its first Chicago location on Saturday but a few sneak peeks began over the weekend in Wicker Park. Customers can choose from 12 secret coffee blends from Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Yemen, and beyond, and customize their brews with the help of a barista who will grind the beans on the spot.
Bakery items come from Aya Pastry (from the company behind steakhouse Maple & Ash) and Hyde Park’s Fabiana’s Bakery, and diners can munch on a selection of toasts, burritos, bowls, and sandwiches with a Mediterranean flare, like the labneh za’atar toast with fresh cucumber and the Mediterranean avocado toast, topped with sliced hardboiled egg.
Known for strong WiFi as well as strong coffee, Philz’s first Chicago outpost is bright and airy with tall windows and ceilings and features yellow and blue hues. Benches, tables, and couches offer ample room to work or play, and a mural depicts local landmarks like the Chicago Theater, the Bean, and the lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago. There’s also patio seating.
The furniture was designed by Revivalist Woodworking, a local company. Most of the pieces are made from solid white oak lumber. The bean display which was made of white ash.
Take in the space and offerings below. Philz Coffee officially opens Saturday at 1640 W. Division Street.