Coffee fanatics will recognize the name Blue Bottle. The bespoke California-based roaster maintains a curated portfolio of locations in the U.S. and Asia—from Boston and New York to Kyoto and Hong Kong. Come mid-2021, Chicago will join the list with its first-ever Blue Bottle cafe at 313 W Wolf Point Plaza in River North.
"Our investment in this new city represents our belief in Chicago's demand for specialty coffee and our deep admiration for the city as a hub of community and innovation," CEO Karl Strovink says in a press release.
Situated inside luxury apartment complex Wolf Point East, the coffee shop will offer several enticing perks in addition to its caffeinated menu. Guests can enjoy their beverages on a small, 400-square-foot patio that overlooks the Chicago River; they'll also have easy access to the Chicago Riverwalk.
The menu at Chicago's first Blue Bottle Coffee will look familiar to folks who have visited the brand's other outposts: There will be a selection of seasonal coffees, pour-overs and espresso drinks. According to the Chicago Tribune, food items will include the brand's signature Liège Belgian waffles, avocado toast, chia pudding and a variety of sweet and savory pastries.
It's the first new stateside location that the brand has announced since 2017, and it won't be the last. Blue Bottle plans to open more Chicago cafes over the next two years. Keep an eye out for their logo popping up all over town: The simple blue bottle is a beacon for coffee lovers.
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