From September 10 - November 26th


With so much being taken away from us right now it helps to remember that learning is one thing that we can participate in anywhere, anytime with anyone, and no one can ever take those moments away from us.


Our Mission

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

Be a part of it

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.

THANK YOU for checking in.

Both cafes are open for food, drink, treats and creative catering! 

All orders will be prepared for carry-out and you are welcome to dine at our outdoor tables at both cafes.

Our cafe hours, beginning August 17th will be:
Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 – 3:00PM (kitchen closes at 2:30) for both Evanston and Highland Park.

In Evanston, please call 847-868-8385 for more info and check out our current kitchen menu here.

In Highland Park, please call 847-748-8086 for more info and check out our current kitchen menu here.

Being open for 5 days instead of 6 will allow us to focus all our efforts on workforce training and cafe sales in a more efficient and productive way.  We hope to see you soon!  Thank you for all your continued support.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

2020 sponsors

David and Lizzie Graham

Allie Payne, licensed Realtor at Compass

Oakton Community College   

Koi of Evanston

Yancey Hughes Photography

Group Theater Tix

Hall’s Rental


Curt's Team

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

Angelina F. Alfaro, BSW

Social Service Provider Highland Park

Patti Anderson

Board Member
V.P. Commercial Banking, Huntington Bank

Nina Kavin

Advisory Board Evanston
Co-founder of Dear Evanston, which addresses equity, inclusion, and youth gun violence in Evanston through storytelling and bridge-building activities.

Dana Pearl

Board Member
Retired Human Resources Consultant specializing in EEO issues, including sexual harassment awareness and pregnancy, race, national origins, religious and other forms of discrimination.

The Big Dream

Came True Because Of You!
The Highland Park Café officially opened October 29, 2019

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. WE OPENED THE CAFÉ ON OCTOBER 29TH WITH RAVE REVIEWS. WE LOVE OUR NEWEST COMMUNITY AND FEEL WELCOMED AND RIGHT AT HOME!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO THE OPENING AND ALSO FOR BELIEVING IN OUR STUDENTS AND OUR NEW COMMUNITY. If you would like to donate specifically to our Highland Park Café please write that in the memo section of the donation.

What's New?

Everything about our food and our events, our mission, our students, poetry, social justice resources, culinary tips & healthy recipes

Update of Hours and Service at our Cafés

As information continues to filter into our living rooms, we all continue to make choices almost on a day to day basis. Curt’s Café is doing its best to react to all the latest information while keeping the safety of our Students, Staff and Community at the forefront of decision making.
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As of June 1, Curt’s Café consolidated its two Evanston locations and will be operating longer hours and serving more young adults at the North Location at 2922 Central Street. Currently, the Café is open until 3:30 PM and by adding late afternoon/early evening hours, more young women (most of whom are attending high school) will be able to attend the program.
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2922 Central Street | Evanston | (847) 868-8385
Tue - Fri
7:30am - 4pm
7:30am - 3:30pm
Sun & Mon


1766 2ND STREET | HIGHLAND PARK | (847) 748-8086
Tue - Fri
8:00am - 4pm
8:00am - 3pm
Sun & Mon


Curts Café is a workforce training program that offers learning opportunities in Workforce Development, Life Skills Support, and Experiential Opportunities.
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