Our Mission

Curt’s Café improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.

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What's so good about 3%?

It is the recidivism rate at Curt's Cafe! Which means that since opening in 2012 only 3% of our students have returned to prison. State and National rates are both above 80%. We are so proud of our students and the futures they are building after completing our program.

Be a part of it


1 Lb. Freshly Roasted Curt’s Café Fair Trade Blend from Uncommon Coffee
3 Chicago Themed Teas from Todd & Holland Tea Company

1 oz. Chi Town Tea
1 oz. Blackhawk Blend Tea
1 oz. Cooler By The Lake

2 Bags of Homemade Sweets by Café South Students

Peppermint Bark & Chocolate Biscotti

2 Curt’s Café “I Believe” Mugs

(or personalize it by providing your corporate mugs for us to incorporate into the boxes)

$55.00 each for 1- 25          $52.50 each for 26 – 50          $50.00 each for 51 +
Add a Curt’s Cafe gift card

$20 value – you pay only $15 or $40 value – you pay only $25

 For Information or to place an order contact trudyann@curtscafe.org
847.563.8883 / 1813 Dempster, Evanston / Boxes Designed by Trudyann

Curt's Team

We are dedicated to providing quality training to underserved young adults and providing quality food service.

Karli M. Butler

Social Service Provider

Lisa Nigro

Marketing Manager

Rick Marsh

Board President

The Big Dream

This is the moment when our confidence in the “Proven Program” allows us to aspire to the “Big Dream” of expanding the proven program.

Curt’s Café Highland Park

Two years ago, a team from the organization, Open Communities, took on the goal of making social change in their community.  Their desired method was to open a Curt’s Café in Highland Park (CC3).  We hope CC3 will become the location of our next cafe, increasing the number of young adults Curt’s Café serves. The amazing and committed professionals at Open Communities have already worked for a full year introducing the idea to the community. Now they are focused on fundraising!  Hitting a $250,000 financial goal will cover much of the fundraising costs for CC3’s first year.  We are hopeful we can reach our goal by the summer of 2018!   Your help is always appreciated.

Curt’s Café Graduate Program

In 2017 we put processes and staff in place to begin the development of a program to accommodate the needs of our Graduate Students.  During our five years of operation, we realized the graduate students required additional Social Services, so we hired a Trauma Informed Social Worker to help with those challenges.  We also knew the graduates needed more support on their next steps in life such as getting into college, a higher paying job, or a better apartment.  We are continuing to grow this program, starting with developing a strong curriculum base that is supported by real life experiential trips to address the needs of the Graduates.

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A Note from our Founder

“May we hold every person, in Chicago or Evanston, in our hearts until we find a way to hold them in our arms and keep them safe.”

In six years I have never written a “Letter from the Founder” or even been compelled to. But I felt compelled to write today after receiving a text from my daughter.

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2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual ReportOur five year record: Curt’s Café has helped transform the lives of over 200 individuals.

Though the journey has not always been easy for our students, our professionals and volunteers have consistently offered a helping hand to the under-served young adults who are committed to positively changing their futures. A carefully structured program of work and life skills is augmented by love and true caring—and the students have eagerly responded! Our students aren’t “projects,” but people and they know that we believe in each and every one of them!

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2922 Central Street | Evanston | (847) 868-8385
Mon - Fri
7:30am - 4pm
7:30am - 3:30pm


1813 Dempster Street | Evanston | (847) 563-8883
Mon - Fri
8:00am - 4pm
Sat & Sun

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