Blue Sky Bakery and CaféAddress: 3720 N. Lincoln Avenue
For someone who claims he doesn?t have a sweet tooth, the new baker at Blue Sky Bakery & Caf? knows how to tempt taste buds and draw passersby into the recently relocated business. Drew Klass had just pulled out a sheet of ciabatta loaves when my husband and I wandered into the caf? after checking out the Trader Joe?s expansion across the street. We left with some ciabatta, foccacia, granola, and a scone.
After much deliberation (cookies and cupcakes and bars, oh my!), we sampled a fruit tart and chocolate chip cookie while we were there. Our fleeting guilt over the extra calories was easily pacified. The caf? is an extension of Blue Sky Inn, a nonprofit established to empower Chicago?s homeless youth through job training and creative activities. Their commitment to the community also extends to environmentally sustainable initiatives. Klass explained that they use produce and herbs from their organic garden, plus seasonal items whenever possible.
The seasonal nature of the ingredients, combined with Klass? creative flair, means the caf? features a rotating selection of baked pastries, salads, and sandwiches (including egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches on freshly made English muffins). So call ahead if you want to know what?s just come out of the oven. The caf? has free WiFi and serves a variety of teas, coffee, espresso drinks, and soft drinks.
My husband and I tried to spread out our goodies over a week, but then we ended up arguing over who deserved the last bit of ciabatta. Offering fresh goods, a welcoming space, and friendly service, Blue Sky provides us with several reasons to return and stock up again soon.