Java Been's location at the renovated old factory mill buildings

Renovated Old Saw Mill building

Java Been is a coffee business built on the mission to create authentic community spaces. Java Been's newest building is located on the river and used to be an Old Saw Mill building that was renovated into a cafe, galleries, study spaces, and event spaces.

1 How can I sign up to exhibit my artwork at Java Been?.

  • Artists are assigned monthly, and sometimes we are booked out months in advance. If you are interested in being a featured artist, please stop by and speak with Jenna.

2 Is coffee, like produce, seasonal?.

  • Yes! Furthermore, like seasonal produce, coffee is best when it is freshest from the farms on which it is grown. Across most of the Northern Hemisphere, the harvest is busiest during our winter months. Therefore, we introduce these northern season coffees to our menu beginning in spring. Southern Hemisphere coffees are generally harvested in late spring and early summer. These southern season coffees find their way onto our menu starting in the fall.

3 What’s the difference between a blend and a single-origin coffee?.

  • Single-origin coffees are sourced from a specific place, whether estates, family-owned farms, or communities served by farmer organizations. Blends showcase coffees from different places that we combine with great care and intention so they can work in concert to highlight a distinct flavor..

Plan Your Events in our Flex Space inside the Cafe

Java Been's main stage in their event space photo

Live Music

Our spacious industrial coffee venue is entirely customizable. Whatever your vision, our open floor plan provides endless opportunities for you to make your event one of a kind!

  • All spaces include: Wi-Fi and USB ports, and sound equipment compatible with HDTV / speakers

  • Java Been offers weekly community musical acts, spoken word, poetry slams, and dance events.

Java Been's event space for art exhibits photo


Our new location is beautifully located along the river and offers a 7-day a week social space designed to imaginatively bring people together from all walks of life.

  • Have an idea for a community gathering, need a place to celebrate, or want to facilitate a meeting?

  • Our coffee bar offers a large airy space, filled with natural light, and exceptional selection of coffees, pastries, and hearty breakfast options to fuel you throughout your time.

Custom study and meeting spaces at Java Been photo

Meeting Areas

Java Been's beautifully designed coffee space will offer a variety of seating options - perfect for working alone or with others, connecting with friends, or just hanging out. In addition, there are several rooms with overhead doors are designed to provide private space for meetings, workshops or small gatherings.

  • We've become a great place in this community to set up with a laptop for a few hours, or grab time with a colleague for a one-on-one meeting.

  • If business is your thing, then Java Been provides a business hub where professionals in all industries can come to grab some coffee, hold a meeting, meet for lunch or put in a full day of work.

  • Whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday, one last hurrah with some friends, wedding rehearsal, planning a networking event, interested in performing on our two stages, Java Been can help you make each occasion unforgettable.

Calling All Specials

Don't wait too long, get them while they're hot!

Sunday Special

Rear View Opportunities...

Pay for the drink for the person behind you and receive a free fruit kolache.

Java Been's specials for Sunday Special photo

Maniac Mondays

Something from our secret menu...

$1.00 off the Waikiki Cold Brew made with our Coconut Cold Brew with Macadamia Nut Cold Foam

Java Been's specials for Maniac Mondays photo

Terrific Tuesday

Did someone say free?

Free Hot Cocoa For Kids with any adult coffee purchase.

Java Been's specials for Terrific Tuesday photos

Witty Wenesdays

“My mother always used to say: The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.” —Rose (Betty White), The Golden Girls

Buy one freshly brewed organic Hibiscus Lemonade and receive one at half price.

Java Been's specials for Witty Wenesdays photo

Throwback Thursdays

Prices from years ago...

Try a delicious Perfect Avocado Smoothie for only $4.95

Java Been's specials for Throwback Thursdays photo

Which Special are you trying next time you are here?

Merch from Java Been

Get your one-of-a-kind Java Been swag today!

See all of our merchadise


Java Been's T-Shirt Merchandise photo

Java Been's Man's T-Shirt design

Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap Merchandise photo

Java Been's Baseball Cap design


Hoodie Merchandise photo

Java Been's Woman's Hoodie design

Contact Us

Do you have a question? Does the notion of the expanding universe stump you? It does for us! Didn't see what you're looking for? No problem, we're here to help! Don't hesitate to contact us below, and we'll be in touch.

Conveniently Located


Halsted & Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

Open Hours:

7:00 AM - 11:00 PM



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