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Two Story

Coffee in the Morning. Tapas at Night.

04def0edfaf3f9868193fb227dfbcbcc19 PhotosCafe Press and Sociale
Sometimes you don’t really know what you want until you want it.

For instance, you probably didn’t know you wanted both a new coffee shop and a new wine-and-small-plates spot right now. And yet...

Cafe Press and Sociale may change your perspective on that very, very specific subject starting tonight in the South Loop. (Your slideshow’s right here.)

Yes, one address. Yes, two concepts. And here’s how you’ll most likely approach them:

You want coffee. Go through the door that says “Cafe Press.” It’s got vintage newspapers as wallpaper and letterpress printing machine equipment as decor. It also has single-origin espresso from Papua New Guinea, if you’re into such things. It’s a nice place for fresh-baked muffin tops, egg-and-sausage biscuit sandwiches, lunch panini and a little afternoon snickerdoodling. So just... eating cookies.

Next door, however, Sociale is designed for sharing little plates of pork belly pintxos, crispy olives and lamb meatballs with friends. For drinking rosé and eating flatbreads on the wraparound patio with your summer-fling-turned-autumn-fling. A place to sit at a bar made from pre–Chicago Fire bricks and sip on a Press Flip made with sherry and coffee from Cafe Press next door.

Ah, the circle of life.

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