Hurricane Relief

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A piece of art like this will be yours!

The 3rd Coast Cafe Gallery exhibition, 'From the Corners of My Mind', by Louise Rouleau, a.k.a. L'OR Artiste, will close at the end of the month.   As detailed here, this exhibit is practically all that remains of her 35 year career as an artist.  With her own experience of helplessness, hopelessness and loss fresh on her mind, Louise watched in horror as hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on places and people's lives and decided that she must help in their recovery.  The first person who provides proof positive to the Coast management that they have donated at least a thousand dollars (U.S.) to a bona fide hurricane relief charity, such as, YOUCARING - Compassionate Crowdfunding,  HAND IN HAND - A Benefit For Hurricane Relief or the American Red Cross will be entitled to claim one of Louise's last remaining works (20" x 26") as a token of her appreciation for your kindness.

L'OR Loses a Lifetime of Her Work

On June 20th of this year, a "huge wave" from an exploded Montreal water main flooded her basement art studio, and in a few cruel moments, destroyed much of her life's work.  Most of what remains of it today is what was hanging out of harms way, here in Chicago, on the walls of the Coast. 

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Independence Day Weekend Schedule

The Coast will be open for brunch Saturday July 1st, Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd from 7am to 3pm.  We will be closed Tuesday July 4th and reopen on Wednesday July 5th with new kitchen hours and a new summer menu.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.    
                                                                                                                                                                Declaration of Independence  

      Two hundred and forty-one years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared the thirteen American colonies to be a new nation.  So thankful!  Yes, we love the food, the fireworks, the hanging with family and friends on the Fourth, but more importantly, we love living in this, the greatest country on earth, flaws and all!  Thank you America!  Thank you to all the Families serving us in our Military around the world.  And thank you to our First Responder Families here at home.  We wish for each of you a happy and safe holiday weekend!

New Hours and Menu

     When the Coast reopens on the 5th of July, our kitchen will be open from 7am to 11pm and we'll be showing off our new exciting summer menu.  

Looking forward to seeing you then, so please be safe this holiday weekend!


Happy Father's Day!!!

So the amazing staff at 3rd Coast can spend this day with their families we will close after brunch at 3pm.. Sorry for any inconvenience! 

Today is a special day for all of the amazing Father's out there!  Happy Father's Day and Thank you for everything you do!  For my Dad.  Thank you for being my mentor and  inspiration to cultivate my own interests and dream big.  I miss you everyday!  

Art Opening "From the Corners of My Mind"

Join us June 1st and meet the artist L'OR for an evening of art, live music, cash bar & wine tasting. 6pm to 10pm

Working with the revolutionary new painting surface, Terraskin, L'OR is certainly on to something wonderful!  Winner of 14 awards, her works have been exhibited in New York and Paris.  And now we are thrilled to exhibit selected works by L'OR at the Coast.

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April 20

3rd Coast will close today at 3pm for very special private event, we are sorry for any inconvenience!  We will reopen Friday the 21st at 7am.  

New Menu Items!

As promised, we launched 4 new items on our all day menu for our birthday last week, have you come in to check them out yet? Not to mention we threw in a bonus, a new desert! 

If you haven't already, come in and try our tasty new items and tell us what you think!

Mediterranean Crostini

Mediterranean Crostini

Caprese Twist

Caprese Twist

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Cuban Bowl

Cuban Bowl

Berry Chocolate Mousse

Berry Chocolate Mousse

3rd Coast Café's 32nd Birthday!

Today we are celebrating the 3rd Coast Cafe's 32nd year of success in the Gold Coast.

Happy 32nd Birthday to us!

To show our appreciation to all of our loyal customer who helped get us to where we are now, we have a couple treats for you.
Today only we will have complimentary cupcakes and cookies,
from Pure Yum Cakes. (while supplies last) 

Not to mention our raffle!

Dine in and fill out our raffle tickets.
1st place: $100 Gift Card
2nd place: $50 Gift Card
3rd place: bottle of wine
(winners will be announced Friday 4/7) 



Spring has sprung! …kind of

Though the weather hasn’t quite caught on, it is officially spring! Keep a look out for some new and fun changes around the coast. We will be playing with new recipes at dinner, testing menu items, updating our beers and wines, and adding to our every day menu. Nothing but great things coming your way!

Send us an email with your contact information to be added into our email list. We will begin sending out updates and alerts to our loyal customers on when we are trying new things and on some fun events we have up our sleeves.

Our Valentine's Prix-Fixe Dinner Adventure!

Thank you to everyone who chose to celebrate their Valentine’s Day with us at the 3rd Coast, whether it was on your own, with that special someone or in a group, we had a great crowd Tuesday night.

The Coast doesn’t typically celebrate holidays, but we decided this year to test a Prix-fixe dinner with reservations. The night went off without a hitch and we had rave reviews! For those of you that joined us, please email us your thoughts!

Keep us in mind for your festivities next Valentine’s Day as we might make this a yearly tradition, or who knows, maybe a monthly treat!

Check out our amazing dessert specials that were included in our Prix-Fixe dinner!
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries, Nutella Mousse, and Chocolate Mousse with a Berry Sauce. All made in house!

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries

Nutella Mousse, and Chocolate Mousse with a Berry Sauce

Nutella Mousse, and Chocolate Mousse with a Berry Sauce

Holiday Hours!

Holiday Hours!

The 3rd Coast Café will be
closed on Saturday and Sunday,
December 24th & 25th

We will reopen Monday, December 26th at 9am

Saturday, December 31st we will be closing at 3pm and will open Sunday, January 1st at 9am.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Holidays from our families to yours!

3rd Coast was in the Chicago Tribune!!  

The 3rd Coast Cafe

"Breakfast anytime" are my favorite words when looking for a place to write about. My friend, restaurateur Dan Rosenthal, with whom I worked to make Chicago restaurants smoke-free, joined me. He said he loves this neighborhood spot — which proudly says it's the oldest cafe in the Gold Coast — for dinner too.

On entering the cafe, which is a few steps down from street level, giving it a cozy feel, I was drawn to the counter with its freshly baked scones — a signature item. We ordered some, of course, and also shared a Chicago-style smoked Polish sausage, cut and grilled. It was a nice change from other sausages and came with eggs, toast, some spicy mustard and hash browns.

The Texas French toast can be either thick-cut sourdough or cinnamon raisin sprinkled with powdered sugar. I chose the latter. A great option was the Old Smokehouse bacon, which is ordered by the "stick." "I'll have three please." And the scones? 3rd Coast deserves to be very proud of them.

No wonder it's been around so long.

Of note: Full service. Street parking. Three-hour $14 valet parking available at 1250 N. Dearborn. Full bar.

Find it: 1260 N. Dearborn St., 312-649-0730,

Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight daily

Ina Pinkney, the former owner of breakfast spot Ina's, writes the monthly "Breakfast With Ina" column for the Tribune. Find more of her columns here.