LOGAN SQUARE — A neighborhood group that helps recovering drug addicts and alcoholics has shut down its neighborhood café — leaving Logan Square's Armitage Avenue without a coffee shop.
The café portion of Global Coffee and Cargo shut down in late July and has been converted into an expansion of the group's resale shop located directly next door at 2917 W. Armitage Ave.
The resale shop, the former café, community garden and Jack Clarks Family recovery home are located on the same block and are part of community system run by Sunlight of the Spirit.
The Wi-Fi-enabled café offered job training and employment resources for people struggling with substance abuse and formerly incarcerated men and women, according to LoganSquarist. It also supported the arts in Logan Square by hosting regular open mic nights in its relaxed, low-lit space.
The community garden was developed by Sunlight of the Spirit and Urban Habitat Chicago, an urban farming organization, in 2009. It will remain at the site and includes keyhole gardens, a bird habitat, fish pond, an orchard and several vegetable planters.
The café was the only dedicated café on Armitage Avenue in Logan Square, with the exception of 90 Miles Cuban Café and vegan and vegetarian specialists Ground Control, both of which are full service restaurants.
Operating managers with Jack Clarks Family, the owner of the Global Coffee and Cargo, declined to comment on the transition.
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