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Discover Chicago’s Independent Coffee Culture

Indie Coffee Passport is a concept that gives customers the opportunity to discover their city’s independent coffee culture. Originally started in Toronto, this project has gotten coffee lovers in the door and outside their stomping grounds since 2010. Now running in Chicago and Washington DC, Indie Coffee Passport is teaming up with Workfrom to highlight some amazing places to work remotely while enjoying a cup of craft coffee and experiencing the local coffee culture.

The idea is simple. Purchase a passport and get one coffee or tea drink (up to $5 menu price) at each of the participating coffee shops across each city. Each shop has a list of 4-6 drinks for passport holders to choose from, ranging anywhere from basic coffees and teas to signature, and specialty drinks.


Dori Rubin, curator of the Indie Coffee Passport in Chicago, Illinois

Dori Rubin (Chicago) first got involved when visiting a friend in Toronto. She was immediately hooked on the concept and made it her mission to bring it to her home city. After a successful first round last year, the passport is back in Chicago for round two. In the meantime, Rubin’s friend, Stephanie Lunieski, a Washington DC resident, worked to get DC’s first edition of the passport off the ground.

For both, the Indie Coffee Passport is a passion project in addition to their full time jobs. The passport started as a labor of love in Toronto and couldn’t be truer of the situation in Chicago and DC as well.

“We love hearing the stories of the new places people have tried and how excited they are to share,” said Rubin, “If we can provide an excuse for someone to go to a neighborhood they’ve never explored, find a new place to work, or make a coffee date with a friend, we are thrilled.”

There are so many positive consequences of joining the Indie Coffee Passport program. Participating shop owners are invested in their communities and often create more than just a space to serve coffee. Work spaces, live music, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and meeting areas are a few examples of how the Indie Coffee Passport experience goes far beyond “free” coffee.

Indie Coffee Passports are perfect for remote workers, coffee lovers, new city dwellers, or the generally neighborhood curious. Check out the website and start exploring today!


The Indie Coffee Passport Chicago costs $25 for drinks at 22 independent Chicago coffee shops, valid December 1st, 2015-August 31st, 2016

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