Updates

Customers love our ¡Chacho! Pollo. Try one of the best unfried chicken sandwiches in town. And... it's now available vegan!!!

Try our new "Pick Any 2" Combo for a taste of Taiwan. Served with a probiotic drink.

Refreshing and bursting with fruit flavor!
Made with green tea, cherry syrup, fruit, and lychee boba.


Testimonials

6 days ago
Very friendly, cute cafe. You can tell a lot of thought went into making customers feel welcome. They even have board games out to play. Creative menu as well.
- Jennifer W
6 days ago
The staff was super friendly and very helpful. The drinks were very good quality. I would highly recommend stopping by for a visit.
- lll Y
6 days ago
Nice, professional service, yet not high brow (which is appropriate to this type of establishment). Bright, clean, and friendly personnel.
- Joseph W

About Us

We're about great coffee, fostering creativity, and building community.

Great Coffee
We're excited to bring the southside (holla!) to the northside through Back of the Yards Coffee Co. (they've got a cool mission too). 

There are great non-coffee drinks and food too — with a pinch of Puerto Rican and a dash of Taiwanese flair, but that messes with the alliteration. Therefore, assume that all future mentions of "coffee" on this website implies "coffee, non-coffee drinks, and food."   

Fostering Creativity
We want to promote your passions. Got awesome art you want displayed or music that you want played? Let's talk

Currently, we've got some sick art hanging along our brick wall from local artist, Kelly Courtney.

Building Community
We want to open up our space to the community. Whether it's storytelling, board games, knitting, etc. and whether you have an existing meetup or would like to start one, let's chat.

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The Origin Story   
  • 2005: She has this coffee shop idea (tcsi) where, as the Cheers slogan went, "everybody knows your name." 
  • 2005 - 2014: tcsi is sitting on her shelf (sohs) of "amazing things that she will never do."
  • 2014: She reads "God Cries and An Angel Loses its Wings" about a cantor turned coffee roaster. She emails him and he actually messages her back! She roadtrips to Detroit to see his coffee shop and pick his brain on how to operationalize "relationship-first."
  • 2015: tcsi is still sohs. She comes up with her life mission statement: to create spaces for people to discover and live out their greatness. 
  • 2016: tcsi is still sohs. She meets the owner of Cafe El Meson* who encourages her to take tcsi off the shelf.
  • 2017: She finally takes tcsi off the shelf with the support of the owner of Cafe El Meson and her parents (The shelf is too high and tcsi is too heavy for her to carry alone, she realized).

Why the name "El Meson"?
El Meson means The Inn in Spanish and is inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan: Man was beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Civil Servant sees Man and ignores him. Neighbor sees Man and ignores him. Samaritan (aka Outcast fka Enemy) sees Man and brings him to The Inn where Man becomes fully restored.  

What's with the "2"?
Real answer: that's what the lawyer put down on the articles of incorporation as a placeholder and she was too lazy to ask him to change it. 

Sentimental answer (which also answers the first question): to honor the owner of the original Cafe El Meson and his vision of creating "un lugar para ti," a place for you - to exchange the best humanity has to offer.

*His original location at 4631 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60632 is still open. You have to try his Don Diego Chicken Sandwich for which inspired the ¡Chacho! Pollo. Guess where the Puerto Rican influence comes from.

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  • (773) 726-4510

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6624 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
United States

Business Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed:9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thu:9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri:9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat:8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun:Closed
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