We joined the Chicago Dining Out Meet-up for a light, summer dinner at Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe. They don’t normally do dinner, so this was a chance to try the baked goods as well as offerings they picked up from the local farmer’s market. It was a warm evening and the cafe was hot. Despite that, they made a good show of light salads, artisanal cheeses, and delicious cookies.
Normally, Blue Sky provides a rotating selection of freshly baked pastries, salads and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Their granola looks tasty too — it’s on my list the next time I go by. Blue Sky is more than food, however. They also provide job training and opportunities for disadvantaged kids in the Chicago area. Youth work the counter, bake, cook, and come away with a job history and references.
If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by for a cup of coffee, granola, or one of their fabulous scones. It’s a great deal for you and for the people learning the business.
Blue Sky Bakery and Cafe
4749 N. Albany Ave.