by Stephanie Hausen
With the mounds of snow that blessed our city earlier this winter, finding a toasty place to grab a hot drink and a quick snack is at the top of everyone’s list. Heritage Outpost, located in the Uptown neighborhood at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., is a new bicycle cafe that provides just that and more.
There are many coffee shops in the City of Chicago, but what makes Heritage Outpost stand out from the rest?
“Heritage Outpost has a different taste and style than other coffee shops,” states Donald Morris, a StreetWise vendor, “It has a lot of history and you can sense that as soon as you walk through the door. There’s an antique tin stove and it’s extremely bike-oriented. I was very impressed with the space.”
One major reason that Heritage Outpost shines above the rest is its merging of bicycles with coffee. You can get a great deal on standard or vintage bicycles and accessories while enjoying an espresso; anything from helmets to bike lights. Their staff is knowledgeable and can help answer any questions you may have.
Not only does Heritage Outpost provide a feel of the past, it strives to provide a distinctive taste. “I tried their Moroccan green tea,” expressed Donald, “It had a very unique and minty flavor. I had never tried anything like it before but they sold me on it! One thing I really appreciated was that the staff was open to explaining the ins and outs of my drink. I liked that.” In addition to coffee and tea, Heritage Outpost’s café sells pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and various snacks for on-the-go or dine-in patrons.
Along with its vintage ambience and quality drinks, Heritage Outpost delivers an inviting and warm atmosphere to a variety of people in the area. “It’s a place for bike commuters, business types, students looking for a place to study, and people needing a place to relax,” Donald explains, “And the staff is friendly and informative. They want to interact with you, get to know you, and form a relationship.”
With its focus on community and bike culture, Heritage Outpost has made a great addition to the neighborhood. Its ability to offer a quality experience to people of all walks of life is refreshing and much needed in the area. So whether you’re looking for a handcrafted bicycle, a cup of hot tea on a cold winter’s day, or both, this is the place for you. “Just make sure you keep your eyes open when you want to visit,” Donald suggests, “You might miss it.”