Finding the Write Place is an occasional series on ChiYAwriters.com that highlights some of our favorite places to write here in the Windy City.
5301 S. Hyde Park
(Del Prado Building)
Chicago, IL 60615
Mon – Fri: 6am – 8pm
Saturday 7am – 8pm
Sunday: 7am – 6pm
Major Holidays 8am-3pm
(Hours subject to change. Please check the Sip & Savor website for up-to-date hours.)
Noise level: moderately quiet (some conversations but also lots of people working/studying)
Availability of space: moderately crowded (a steady stream of customers but I’ve never had trouble finding a seat)
Bathrooms: yes (with key from counter)
Food: yes (menu of light breakfast items, soups, smoothies, and baked goods)
Wifi: free with password
Outlets: some (especially at tables near the walls and at counters along the windows)
Sip & Savor is a neighborhood coffee shop that’s fast becoming an institution in Hyde Park. Adjacent to Harold Washington Park and just blocks from the Lake Michigan shorefront, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the University of Chicago, it’s a great place to grab a coffee and get some work done before exploring the nearby sites. In summer, outside tables allow you to feel like you’re practically in the park, and in winter, large glass windows with counter seats allow you to enjoy the view while staying warm and cozy inside.
According to President and CEO Trez V. Pugh, III, “Our goal at Sip and Savor is to capture the positive energy and excitement of Chicago neighborhoods. In recent years, Hyde Park and Bronzeville has welcomed burgeoning revitalization: restoration of historic buildings along with development of new businesses and an influx of professionals making the community home. I am proud to say that Sip and Savor is a part of this positive movement. We call ourselves ‘Globally Local’ – we offer the finest coffee and teas from around the globe, while complimenting them with pastries from local bakeries. We strive to become your neighborhood coffee shop of choice.”
The website also notes, “All of our coffees are certified fair trade, and in some cases, certified organic and shade grown. This means that the products you buy maintain biodiversity, provide shelter for migratory birds and help reduce global warming.”
In addition to the Hyde Park location, there is a Sip & Savor at 528 E. 43rd Street in Bronzeville. According to a DNAinfo article from October, Pugh plans to open two additional locations at 2239 S. Michigan Ave and 4600 S. Michigan Ave (Rosenwald Court Apartments), with a possible fifth shop in the works.
Sip & Savor has a rewards program for frequent customers. If you enroll, you will also receive occasional text alerts about special deals. (I receive no more than one or two texts per month.) The Hyde Park location is conveniently located next to a stop for the Number 6 CTA bus, which runs express downtown.
I would recommend Sip & Savor as a place to sit and write for a few hours, grab coffee and chat quietly with a friend, or stop in for a snack on your way to a book reading at the University of Chicago or my favorite neighborhood bookstore, 57th Street Books.