You can celebrate Blue Sky Bakery & Caf?‘s move from Albany Park to 3720 N. Lincoln Avenue (across from Trader Joe?s) this Saturday, June 5, when the?restaurant?offers $3 ?house-made ice cream sandwiches in several tempting flavor combinations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open every day except Monday, the caf? usually features a rotating selection of baked pastries, salads, and sandwiches, as well as teas, coffee, espresso drinks, and soft drinks. Lisa Thompson, the executive director of the caf?, shows her commitment to environmental sustainability by using seasonal and organic items whenever possible. The caf??participates in farmers? markets, and it will host a dinner on June 17 that features produce from Peasants?s Plot, which an organic farm based in Manteno, Ill.
The caf? is an extension of Blue Sky Inn, a non-profit established to empower Chicago?s homeless youth through job training and opportunities for creative expression. By working at the caf?, at-risk youth gain experience with cooking, baking, and customer service. Participants also receive training related to financial management, resume writing, and advanced culinary training.