Student-Run Coffee Shops

The Center for Leadership and Involvement currently oversees five student-run coffee shops located across the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. Students oversee the day-to-day operations of the shops, including hiring, scheduling, ordering of inventory, stocking and serving patrons.

Each of these student employment opportunities within the coffee shops exists for the same purpose: to provide not only campus employment but also skill development and workplace experience for students.

The Campus Business and Operations Manager (CBOM) is the advisor to each shop, working closely with student managers to stay compliant with University of Chicago, municipal, state, and federal rules, regulations and standards.

With the assistance of the CBOM, student managers collaborate with various University of Chicago departments including the Bursar’s Office, UChicago Dining, and Student Employment. The students are challenged to expand their business practices and ethics by working on the development of their financial, marketing, and decision-making skills.

Through the management of the Student Run Coffee Shop Program, the Center for Leadership and Involvement offers students the opportunity to create cultural hubs while managing their professional, social, and artistic lives in a healthy working environment. 

All of the student-run coffeeshops offer specialty coffee from Chicago-local Dark Matter and daily deliveries of fresh pastries from West Town Bakery.

Cobb Coffee Shop

Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: closed
Cobb Coffee Shop is not open during interims or Summer Quarter.

Located in the basement of the largest lecture hall on campus, Cobb is a convenient way to kill an hour between classes or dash in and out for a quick cup of coffee. Vinyl records and cheap breakfast make this a desirable place to be.

Food and Drinks
Cheapest coffee on campus, loose-leaf tea, wide and rotating selection bottled sodas, teas and other drinks. Fresh-delivered baked goods each morning. Hot and cold lunch options from Hyde Park restaurants including Rajun Cajun, The Snail, De Rice, and others.

Harper Cafe

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – midnight
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – midnight
Harper Cafe is not open during interims or Summer Quarter.

Located on the 3rd floor of Harper Memorial Library right next to one of the most beautiful study spaces on campus. Harper Café attracts both undergraduates and graduate students due to its long hours and convenient location. Great place to grab a bite and take a study break with a friend.

Food and Drinks
Espresso drinks, loose-leaf tea, bottled sodas and other drinks. Fresh-delivered baked goods each morning. Lunch options include The Snail, Rajun Cajun and others.

Check out Harper Cafe on facebook.

eX Libris Cafe

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Located on the first floor of the Regenstein Library, eX Libris is an ideal place to enjoy a drink, snack, or just a brief respite from your relentless workload without having to trek too far from the bookstacks.

Food & Drinks
An array of hot and cold sandwiches, salads and sushi, with daily deliveries from The Sit Down. Fresh-delivered baked goods each morning. Espresso drinks and snacks for your late-night caffeine and sugar fix.

Check out eX Libris on facebooktwitter and instagram.

Hallowed Grounds

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Hallowed Grounds is not open during interims or Summer Quarter.

Located on the 2nd floor of the Reynolds Club in the Student Advising Center. Carved, dark-wood ceiling and walls and a marble-topped bar with barstools create a great environment to grab a coffee to stay for a little while, meet with your RSO advisor over coffee, or pick up a drink on your way on- or off-campus.

Food & Drinks
Espresso, coffee, tea, and fresh-delivered baked goods each morning.

Check out Hallowed Grounds on facebook.

 

Harris Cafe

Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Harris Cafe is not open during interims or Summer Quarter.

Located in the Harris Public Policy building, Harris Cafe is a quaint and cozy nook in the growing Public Policy department. If excellent service and delicious pastries were not reason enough to swing by, then utilize the dining space for studying and meetings.

Food & Drinks
Espresso, coffee, tea, and fresh-delivered baked goods each morning.

Check out Harris Cafe on Facebook.