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Philz Coffee Opens Sunday In Hyde Park As San Francisco Chain Expands Its Chicago Reach

After the pour-over coffee shop chain opened in Wicker Park in June, locations in Lincoln Park and Evanston will follow.

A cup of coffee sits at the bar of Philz Coffee, 1425 E. 53rd St.
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HYDE PARK — Philz Coffee, a San Francisco-based coffee shop chain with a “cocktail-like” approach, will open its second Chicago location in Hyde Park on Sunday.

At Philz, 1425 E. 53rd St., customers can pick from a variety of custom drinks made with light, medium and dark roast beans. Employees let customers taste the drink once it’s made to make sure they like it.

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A Philz employee takes an order from a customer.

“Here every cup is brewed the way you want it,” said high school senior Saniya Drake. Working at Philz is her first job. “We connect with the customer on a personal level.”

The opening of the shop follows Philz’s Wicker Park debut in the city in June. Locations in Lincoln Park and Evanston will follow.

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The mint mojito and iced coffee rosé at Philz Coffee.

“I don’t think there’s anything like this near here,” University of Chicago student Manisha Ratakonda said.

“Most of the on-campus coffee shops serve the same things,” fellow University of Chicago student Emily Zhu said. “Having a new way or new options of drinking it is cool.”

The colorful interior features work from Chicago artist Ruben Aguirre.

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Work from Chicago artist Ruben Aguirre adorns the shop’s walls.

The location will also sell baked goods from Fabiana’s Bakery, which will close its Hyde Park store Friday.

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A cup of Philz coffee with a “passport” that explains the drinks and offers modification suggestions.

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