Philz Coffee, a San Fransisco-based company with a loyal following, will debut its first location this weekend in Wicker Park. The official opening date is Saturday, June 22 but the coffeeshop will be open sporadically for sneak peeks starting Sunday at 1640 W. Division Street. Philz will also open Chicago locations in Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, and suburban Evanston in that order.
The first Philz opened in 2003 in San Francisco’s Mission district. Founder Phil Jaber isn’t involved in day to day operations as son Jacob Jaber now has those responsibilities. The younger Jaber is in Chicago to oversee the Midwest expansion. There are more than 50 Philz locations. The first Chicago location is new construction, just west of the CTA’s Division Street Blue Line stop.