Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm   
Sunday  10:00am - 4:00pm

Breakfast served all day.  Lunch starts at 11am.  Daily specials. Private event and dining space. Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more. Call 773.855.9163 or email us! We can't wait to meet you.

Delicious Back of the Yards coffee.  Friendly service always.  Local produce from Gary Comer Youth Center Farms and Windy City Harvest Youth Farms. Locally sourced milk from Sassy Cow Creamery.  Free range and hormone free eggs. We compost! Ask how much waste we have diverted so far. Members of the Chicago Green Restaurant Coalition.



Currency Exchange Café is a neighborhood cafe featuring cuisine that embodies a modern mix of Mexican spice, American nostalgia, and Southern soul, and is located at 305 E. Garfield Boulevard in the Washington Park Neighborhood. The Café is the brainchild of Theaster Gates, community builder and one of our city’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, and is part of his broad commitment to supporting the proliferation of arts and culture on the Southside of Chicago.


As a nod to both the former use of the space and the free exchange of ideas that happens both in artistic and community collaboration, Gates created space that facilitates an exchange of true currency – intellectual and cultural contemplation. In his unmistakable artistic style, Gates fully renovated the site of the defunct “Write-on Currency Exchange” and transformed the 2,500 square foot site into a beautiful synergy of vintage and industrial aesthetics with a modern touch. While enjoying a dollar coffee and a flaky biscuit paired with fried catfish and homemade greens, patrons can utilize the café as a place to spark dialogue and convene as a community.


The café seats 65 guests in the main dining area, spans two floors and the multi-purpose layout lends itself to an array of distinct spaces for private and semi-private events of all sizes as well as community programming.