Milwaukee-based Colectivo Coffee Roasters will open the doors to a new cafe in downtown Evanston on Friday, November 16 at 716 Church St.
Colectivo’s designers, artists and architects spent the last year renovating the historic corner space at Church and Sherman to its original glory, restoring the storefront windows and original ceiling height, bringing in tremendous natural light and more. Originally a soda fountain in the 1960s, the corner space most recently stood empty as a shuttered Radio Shack.
The new 2,6000-square-foot cafe features operable windows and Colectivo’s girder-style awnings and unexpected design touches like handmade tables, custom wall finishes, and prehistoric live plants.
“We love returning the character into old buildings while making them uniquely ours,” says Scott Schwebel, of Colectivo. “This corner put us in the heart of the action in Evanston, with easy access for Northwestern students.”
Colectivo hired more than 25 employees to staff the Evanston cafe. Store hours are 6:30 AM to 9 PM every day.
The Evanston cafe joins three other Colectivo Chicago locations including a cafe in Andersonville, which opened in September at 5425 N Clark St. The Lincoln Park (2530 N Clark St.), and Logan Square cafes (2261 N Milwaukee Ave.), also offer a full drink menu including: Session Roasted™ coffees, Nitro Cold Brew on tap, Colectivo Keg Co. house beers, Letterbox Fine Teas, along with a food menu of made from scratch & delivered fresh daily Troubadour bakery items, all-day breakfast, and signature sandwiches made on slow-made bread.
Colectivo plans to open a fifth Chicagoland cafe in Wicker Park in late winter 2019.