TrueNorth Cafe is an independent, healthy cafe that serves top-notch coffee & tea, proper eats, and blended drinks in the Andersonville and Hyde Park Neighborhoods.
TrueNorth Andersonville was designed, built, and furnished by local shops, artists, and artisans. Through a collaboration with Scout + Design, TrueNorth has a modern approach that includes many reclaimed and repurposed pieces. The shelving units and various other wood pieces were designed and built by Andersonville carpenter Chris Erickson. The contractor was Andersonville native and business owner Faris Faycurry. Upholstery was done by Kylie Egge of Recovered Interior Inc. Framing services were handled by Barb at Painted Light Photography & Framing Gallery. Other pieces of the cafe came from Agent Gallery, Andersonville Galleria, Brimfield, Foursided, Mercantile M, and Roost.
The name TrueNorth represents the menu, interior design, and location of the café. True north is different from magnetic north in that it never wanders or varies from place to place. True north, unlike magnetic north, is non-negotiable, which in some ways makes it more “real.” Our dishes are filled with “real” food. They are simple and nutritious, and more importantly delicious. TrueNorth also speaks to the interior design. Maps, globes, and outdoors décor are incorporated into the café frequently. Finally, TrueNorth represents our great location in the beautiful Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
Community + Values
Two of our three owners became friends discussing politics in their college dormitory at the University of Chicago. Like the dormitory common room, TrueNorth seeks to serve the community by sparking meaningful discussion and being inclusive and welcoming to all people. In Andersonville, the cafe has hosted gubernatorial candidates Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy, and JB Pritzker for meet & greets and famously served a “Trumpkin Spice Latte: Huge, Orange, and Tax Free” before the 2016 election. TrueNorth values Social Justice, and has recently held fundraisers for EMILY’s List and the ACLU.