After 18 months of hard work and preparation, Steve Chang’s coffee shop is open for business. CityGrounds, tucked into a gorgeous two-story spot on Dickens in Lincoln Park, offers plenty that the local winged angel outlets don’t. There’s plenty of Metropolis on hand, of course — Chang raves about bringing the Red Line right into the heart of Lincoln Park — and there’s the space itself.
Light-filled and linear, it typifies what Chang sees as the aesthetics of space reflecting back on the aesthetics of taste. There’s room for retail coffee to go, plus plenty of space to stay. “I hope people can see CityGrounds as a bar,” Chang says, describing his plan to offer lovingly prepared decaffeinated coffee drinks, the better to kick back and relax with, maybe on a weekday evening. As the weather gets warmer there will be porch seating, but for now make sure and check out the nicely-appointed second floor and its cool, modernist-inspired couches.
Metropolis is all over the grand opening of CityGrounds this Saturday. Training coordinator Zak Rye and customer service guru Tristan Coulter will both be in the house, falling back on their barista experience to present a variety of pourover techniques and special coffee cuppings. Zak and Tristan will also be pairing coffees with different kinds of fresh pastries from Beans ‘n’ Bagels. The fun begins at 1pm, and it’s all free.
CityGrounds as featured in TimeOut Chicago upon its opening, Jan. 31, 2011.