Chicago Hope Cafe

Chicago Hope Cafe
2431 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608


Great Coffee, Great Cause

Hope’s itn the name of my favorite stop.
It’s the core of its mission, too.
For profits from Hope are for a great cause,
helping kids with each pot they brew.

For just down the street and then up the block
Is a school with Hope, too, in its name.
And the coffeeshop’s joy is to share in this work
Of giving its students clear aim.

It’s a school serving kids from the West Side,
Many who might need a hand.
It’s part of the mission there at Hope Café,
To help when things don’t go as planned.

It’s a mission that’s deep; it starts with their brew,
For their roaster is named Second Chance—
Giving jobs to those who’ve served time in jail,
The very best kind of advance.

So the cause is a great one, but so is the fare.
The café con leche is tops.
And if you want breakfast or lunch, you’re all set
With a sandwich made right in this shop.

For Kenard’s at the grill frying bacon,
And the taste is as good as the smell.
It goes awfully well with a cup poured by James,
Giving you an experience to tell.

The sunshine spills cross the old hardwood floors
And you settle into a nook.
With the wifi you could get some work done
Or just cozy up with a book.

Grab breakfast to-go or work for awhile,
Have a meeting there or an event.
Chicago Hope Café’s a great place to go,
And a great place to say that you went.


Contributed by:  Jen Underwood, lives in the great city of Chicago with her school teacher husband, four crazy but awesome kids, and a dog who thinks she’s the queen. Jen is a freelance writer and blogs at


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  1. Jerry T. Johnson, Writer

    January 6, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Great poem for a great place with a great cause! I really enjoyed this piece!

  2. Tiana

    January 6, 2017 at 5:04 am

    This is super cool! I loved the poem. It truly is a wonderful cause.

  3. randyjw

    January 6, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I like the last two lines!

  4. Mel & Suan

    January 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Oh wow. Coffee is such a life saver!

  5. Wortharticles

    January 6, 2017 at 6:30 am

    great poem with beutifull picture

  6. Jon

    January 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Great poem for an interesting place in Chicago!

  7. Tamara

    January 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    love the idea for this blog!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      January 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  8. missraychanel84

    January 10, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I loved that this was in rhyme
    I’ll be dropping in another time!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      January 11, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Haha liked your rhyme as well! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Hope Cafe and Pray Chicago | Jen Underwood

    January 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    […] for-fun piece I wrote for dineANDrhyme about Chicago Hope Cafe. Hope Cafe is my new away-from-home office and is a coffeeshop with a great […]

    1. dineANDrhyme

      January 14, 2017 at 3:03 am

      All thanks to our contributor, Jen!

  10. pennydanger

    January 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    It is nice to hear what they are doing for others in the community. Thank you for the great poem as well!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      January 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I agree! An amazing message in a cafe. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. frankhubeny

    February 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I especially liked the last stanza. Nice poem!

  12. headinclouds74

    February 7, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Loved reading about your cafe. Be blessed!

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