2006 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201 (Map)


M-F 6:30a–7p
Sa 7a–7p
Su 7a–6p

OLD IRVING PARK - coming soon

3982 N Avondale Ave
Chicago, IL 60641 (Map)


M-F 6:30a–5p
Sa-Su 7a–5p

The Backlot Story

On the north-side of Evanston there is a community within a community called the “Backlot.”  It is a place where a group of homes share a backyard.  It is a place where open space creates opportunities for laughter and play.  It is a place of belonging.  It is a place where neighbors can build and share a life together. 

Many of us have memories of our own “Backlots” —- front stoops, back porches, public parks.  We can remember a time when we would play and before we knew it, the day would turn to night.  Our Backlot was a safe place, where we could be ourselves, and discover what that truly meant. We named our coffeehouse Backlot because we want it to be a relaxed and authentic community within a community.

We believe that fences do not make great neighbors and that people desire and seek open places where strangers can reach out and become friends.  We know an openness to others can nurture and lead to flourishing neighborhoods and richer lives.  Backlot strives to be a comfortable, stimulating, and diverse community where people can catch up with old friends, make new ones, sit quietly with a book, play games, or get some work done.

We want Backlot Coffee to be your community within a community.  You are what makes Backlot great. 

-John and Isaac


Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or issues. 

Name *