By Lauren Wulf
For all the coffee lovers out there, there is a new kind of crawl, right up your alley (or Blue line in this case). Caffentures, has created the Blue Line Coffee crawl to give coffee loving professionals and casual drinkers alike the chance to learn more about the Logan Square/Wicker Park coffee scene. There are also crawls along the Red and Brown line for even more coffee tasting adventures.
About The Crawl
The goal of the crawl is to broaden your coffee horizons by exploring the city’s specialty coffee roasters. Gaslight Coffee Roasters kicks off the crawl followed by Ipsento Coffee and Caffe Streets. Every third Saturday, the crawl will be taking the Blue Line from Logan Square to Wicker Park.
When: Every 3rd Saturday – August 17th and September 21st
Time: 3 Hours 9:00am-11:00am
Stops: Gaslight Coffee Roasters, Ipsento Coffee and Caffe Streets
Cost: $30 – Includes drink samples and tasting notecards. CTA transit ($2.50) not included.
Gaslight Coffee Roasters
2385 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Gaslight Coffee Roasters opened in Logan Square in 2012. Sharing a roasting space with Half-Wit Coffee, Gaslight serves up to three coffees a day, including one guest roaster. From espresso to their house-brewed blends, this bustling roaster is serving up some delicious treats.
2035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Ispento Coffee located on Western Avenue is the second stop on the crawl. This in-house roaster roasts their coffee right there at the register. Working directly with the farmers, they get their coffee straight from the source, which this local gem truly a house made shop.
1750 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
Last but not least is Caffe Streets. Aside from their own roasts, this shop is known for serving up a wide variety of brews from across the country. There are also a number of roasts available for purchase in their retail shop to try at home. They are also the only place in Chicago you’ll find a cold-brew tower.
How much coffee am I drinking? In case you’re worried about caffeine over drive (which you aren’t, because you love coffee more than life itself!) you will be drinking only the equivalent to a 16oz cup of coffee. Each tasting will be sample-sized, spread out over the three stops.
How much walking are we doing? Since the crawl will travel on the CTA Blue Line, there will be about 15 minutes of walking overall between the stops and the train.
Where does the crawl start and end? The crawl begins at Gaslight Coffee Roasters at 9:00am. The tour will end at Caffe Streets around 11:00am. Caffe Streets is located in Wicker Park near many tasty lunch options!
Are there other crawls? Yes! They also offer Red and Brown Line adventures.