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

Patti Anderson

Board Member
V.P. Commercial Banking, Huntington Bank

Nina Kavin

Advisory Board
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

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.

What's New?

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


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
Mon - Fri
7:30am - 4pm
7:30am - 3:30pm

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