Sanctuary Cafe is a new, independent cafe located inside University Church in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The ethos behind Sanctuary Cafe arises out of our desire to create a transformational place that induces a close connection between home baked smells, art and justice advocacy in a meticulously curated environment. Sanctuary Cafe is a vibrant justice, art, media, entertainment and activist destination dedicated to justice and human rights organizing.
The Sanctuary Cafe invites performers to display their art as installations or using their voices and bodies. At any time, during your visit to the cafe you might see the latest art responding to a current or historical justice issue. We also encourage pop-up art with singers, poets, Shakespearean trained actors and others. While you enjoy your cup of coffee, you may be entertained by an artist who wants to inform. entertain or teach.
We use our space to advocate for issues that honor the lives of all. Our issue areas include immigration, racial, gender and wage justice. We offer internships to difficult to employ persons, source many of our ingredients locally, work with suppliers who pursue sustainable resourcing and we offer our employees a fair wage.
During your visit to the cafe, you might see the latest art responding to a current or historical justice issue. Or meet friends to simply have a nice conversation over a leisurely light lunch, delicately prepared cup of tea or a specially crafted sandwich. We envision the cafe as a place where, over conversation, visitors will alternately discuss positive and tangible opportunities for justice and human rights collaboration or simply confirm family summer plans.