News of a new coffee shop in Wicker Park may not raise an eyebrow for many Chicagoans. After all, there are 11 in a swath between North Avenue and Division Street alone.
But the opening of Philz Coffee along the crowded Division corridor in June, the first of four planned in the Chicago area this summer, offers more than just coffee. It delivers a coffee experience for about $5.
So what separates Philz from others? It’s a coffee shop with the vibe of a lively cocktail bar. There’s no extensive menu of lattes and blended drinks as has become the industry norm. Instead, there’s a straight-forward lineup of coffees, 12 blends in all, served hot or iced, and every cup is brewed and sweetened to order.