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.
We proudly serve locally roasted Metropolis Coffee along with Rishi Tea and more experimental options such as a cardamom lavender lattes, charcoal lattes, and golden turmeric lattes. We are best known for unique and delicious salads and wraps designed under the mantra, “food with attitude.”
Our smoothies and shakes are made with natural, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide many vitamins, minerals, and oils. What you see is what you get; there are no added syrups or concentrates. Smoothies are better than multi-vitamins, since they’re delivered in one proven, delicious dosage. Our overnight oats, which are steel cut oats soaked in almond milk and chia seeds overnight with various toppings, are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and select vitamins and minerals.
TrueNorth strives for a clean, beautiful, and creative atmosphere that allows our guests to relax and be as productive as possible. 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. TrueNorth Hyde Park was designed and built in the same way, adding outdoor space in the front and rear of the cafe.
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.
Community + Values
TrueNorth strives to be a welcoming and inclusive space for all people to hang out and thrive. We are not afraid to stand up for our community through political engagement. Two of our three owners became friends discussing politics in their college dormitory at the University of Chicago. The third owner came to the US in the 1990s after fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq and is now a Medical Doctor. In Andersonville, the cafe has hosted gubernatorial candidates meet and greets featuring Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy, and JB Pritzker 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, the ACLU, and hosted phone banks for Democratic candidates.