Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tour De Coffee Shops: Knock Box Cafe

A happy Thursday to you! 
Today we travel a bit west into the city to Knock Box Cafe. 

Thoughts de Christine:

This place was hoppin' with people hard at work, at conversation and at getting their first morning sips of coffee in. It made me happy to see so many people in there, because it's in kind of a funky location. Funky location ain't stoppin' Knock Box from doing what they do best: 
make coffee for the people. 
As you walk into the place, you'll notice interesting local art made from talented people around the city, mismatched chairs and tables, and your average tattooed hipster on a MacBook. I'm not hatin', I'm just sayin'. I love you hipsters, and and your tattoos, and MacBooks. I really don't know where I'd be without those three things in my life. 
And coffee.
 Where would I be without coffee?
Per usual, I had my ever-so-loved Decaf Americano.
It was strong like bull.
It woke me up and it wasn't even fully caffeinated. 
It was a solid cup of joe. 
If you're looking for a robust cup of coffee, Knock Box is your place. 
I don't want to leave out the delightful scone I ordered. It was Cranberry-Orange and it did not disappoint. 

Not only do they have a decent brew, they also have a heart for the community and the environment. Quite cool if you ask me.

Thoughts de Jenna

Well, for starters, Knock Box is not exactly located in the best neighborhood of Chicago. It's actually right near the corner of Sketchy and Sketchier. Due to this, I probably wouldn't choose to make the trek all the way over there too often--definitely not when I'm by myself! But, I'll look past that for now. Knock Box itself had a very pleasant and inviting atmosphere! We walked in around 9am and the place was already pretty full. You could tell their customers are loyal and view this place as a second home. The furniture was homey, and it made me want to settle in and stay for a while! They feature local artists on the walls, which I always appreciate and feel adds to the overall positive vibe.
Customer service: 
The staff at Knock Box was very friendly! I got the feeling that they truly care about their customers and the quality of the goods that they serve.
I had an Almond Latte (yay, Almond!) and a pretzel croissant. That's right: pretzel. croissant. Two of my favorite things wrapped into one! I enjoyed their signature mugs which they served our drinks in, and the beverage itself was very good! I wouldn't say that it compares to my latte from Big Shoulders, but it was still good. And that croissant... heaven! They also served sandwiches that I've heard are very good. I guess that's a reason to go back!
The homey vibe, as I already mentioned, was inviting and made me understand why locals hang out here. By the time we were leaving, there was a line practically out the door of locals waiting to get their morning fix! They have free wifi, and if I did lived closer to Knock Box I'm sure I would be a regular!
Overall, not my absolute favorite and a little tricky to get to, but still very good and worth checking out. Especially if you live in the area.


  1. I love that you sample the scones, they are my favorite coffee shop pastry! :)

    1. Julie, aren't they so yummy?! They go perfect with coffee!