Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Wednesday, February 8

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Across the street from West Town’s Ida Crown Natatorium at Eckhart Park, Swim Café, a beautiful vision in cool colors, opened three weeks ago at 6am.

Items of interest include: two kinds of soy-cheese for sandwiches, natural Beggins Paws dog treats, pastries and breads from Wicker Park's Red Hen, salads, croissants, quiches, paninis, tarts, free wi-fi, innovative Ineeka tea, and 100% fair trade Just Coffee. Swim is the only Chicago café to feature Madison's Just Coffee, do you feel a coffee movement coming on? Swim's current iced-coffee blend is Work for Peace, and they also pour Revolution Roast. A vote for best thing ever about Swim Café: owners Karen and Brian, and their staff, are devoted to the aquatic aesthetic: they all wore blue or green t-shirts. 1357 W. Chicago Ave, 312-492-8600, 6am-6pm daily (closed Wednesday).

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