By: Kimberly Valle, Sullivan Freshman
Located near Loyola, Archie’s Cafe is a hidden gem. This local business, once open seven-days-a-week is now only Thursday-Sunday. Still, Archie’s has found ways to adapt during the pandemic.
I interviewed Roberta, owner of Archie’s Cafe, to share how things have been going during this time.
Before the pandemic, Archie’s was open every day, starting at 7 A.M. on weekdays and 8 A.M. on weekends.
“We would serve largely the commuters and students, and we were kind of a hangout study spot.”
Business was going well, until the pandemic hit.
“There were no commuters, no more students in the neighborhood, and teachers evaporated overnight. Then we kind of switched gears and turned into an evening place.”
Now, they’re open Thursday/Friday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday/Sundays. Every day has their own specialized menu. Thursday is pasta night, Friday is pizza night, and Sat./Sun. is a mix of sandwiches, pasta, and entrees. Don’t worry, everything is made fresh too. They are partnered with Loyola’s urban agriculture department, allowing them to get fresh greens straight from the campus.
Not only is the food fresh, but so is the music.
“We always have Music on Thursday nights,” she said. “It’s usually jazz, and it’s usually quite busy. Often we have a Friday band as well.” Music usually begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 9:30.
“We are a cafe and a restaurant primarily. The food comes first, and then the music.”
Archie’s has found a way to expand their space so that people can socially distance on the sidewalk. If you find yourself walking nearby on a Thursday night, stop by and get some pasta and enjoy the live music.
“The pandemic was a silver lining.”
If your band is interested in playing at Archie’s, check out their instagram and send an email to the one in their bio!
Location: 1228 W. Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Right by Loyola CTA Red Line