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Inside the Bay Area Coffee Chain That Wants to Win Over Wicker Park

San Francisco-based Philz opens its first Chicago coffeeshop on Saturday

Philz Coffee opens in Wicker Park on June 22
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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.

A storefront with a brink facade and a rainbow gay pride flag in the window.
Welcome to Chicago’s first Philz Coffee.
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Outdoor seating is available, even if nice weather isn’t.
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Staff are already anticipating lines.
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Baristas will grind each customer’s beans while they wait.
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Staff store beans in airtight containers.
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Bakery offerings from Fabiana’s Bakery and Aya Pastry
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The vibe is minimalist, yet comfortable.
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There’s plenty of seating and strong WiFi, so customers can settle in.
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These couches will likely be a desirable spot.
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The design pays tribute to Philz’s San Francisco roots.
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Hurried customers can order ahead for pick-up on the Philz app.
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Philz’s Chicago-themed mural
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A brown paper cup of iced coffee with a sprig of green mint leaves.
Customers can select additions and garnishes like a sprig of mint.
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Philz’s popular “Ecstatic Iced Coffee”
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Mediterranean avocado toast with hardboiled egg
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The Philz Bagel sandwich with tomato and cucumber
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Philz Coffee Wicker Park

1640 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

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