Since I started Follow Me on Friday in July, 2010, we’ve always hosted the event after work. Over two thousand people have attended at least one of my Follow Me events in the last two years, but a number of folks have expressed disappointment that for one reason or another, they can never attend Follow Me on Friday during its usual 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot.
So this week we’re doing a Follow Me on FridayMorning! Join me this Friday, July 13th, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Pillars Social Cafe, 6800 N. Sheridan (at Pratt). Owner Bob Kassal, a long-time Rogers Park resident, will be offering up some of his freshly baked pastries, fruit, coffee and juice. The weather should be beautiful Friday morning, so Bob will be setting up service on the patio, as well as inside the cafe.
Bob says the name “Pillars” stands for the three main pillars that form the foundation of his vision for the restaurant: respect, awareness and community. According to Bob, “they are our core values, evident in everything we do.”
Bob strives to minimize Pillars’ carbon footprint. Pillars uses sustainable products and artisan-made recycled or reclaimed elements. The food served is derived from sources who respect the environment and the animals.
“Ultimately, we aim to create awareness on issues that impact our lives because, let’s face it, apathy is not cool. It just doesn’t get us anywhere,” says Bob.
Pillars has a full menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition they have a coffee bar featuring Chicago roasted Intelligentsia Coffee. They offer fresh brewed coffee, espresso based drinks, fruit smoothies and teas, as well as fresh baked pastries.
The café also features Bobtail Ice Cream made in Chicago, featuring hand-spun shakes, cones and other ice cream creations. Pillars coffee bar opens at 7am daily, with breakfast service starting at 8am and lunch service beginning at 11 a.m. On Sundays they serve brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with dinner thereafter.
Start off your day with a “cup of Joe” with Joe and meet some of your neighbors at this wonderful new neighborhood gathering place!
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and community organizations. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or organization where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Mullen’s Bar and Grill, 7301 N. Western; Act One Cafe, 1330 W. Morse; Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan;Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Morseland, 1218 W. Morse; theCaribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; Gruppo di Amici, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood; Hamilton’s Bar & Grill, 6341 N. Broadway; Fabi’s, 7124 N. Clark; Chez Violette, 2311 W. Howard; the Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood; the Buffalo Bar at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; Sweet Attila’s and The Growling Rabbit, 6981 N. Sheridan; Jenny’s Gourmet Restaurant, 1642 W. Howard; the Grill Inn, 1422 W. Morse; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; the Sidecar Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; thePoitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza,6441 N. Sheridan; The Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan; the Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; and the Aqua Bar and Restaurant, 1146 W. Pratt.
I look forward to seeing you this Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., as we start the day off right at Pillars Social Cafe!