Logan Square’s artist-owned cafe works to serve community after opening

Located at 3624 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Logan Square, Kate Vrijmoet’s coffee shop, necessary & sufficient, officially opened Oct. 24 offering coffee, specialty drinks and food from local vendors and housing Vrijmoet’s art studio behind the café space.

Located at 3624 W. Wrightwood Ave. in Logan Square, Kate Vrijmoet’s coffee shop, necessary & sufficient, officially opened Oct. 24 offering coffee, specialty drinks and food from local vendors and housing Vrijmoet’s art studio behind the café space.

Normally a full-time artist, Vrijmoet first looked for a studio space when her family planned to move to Chicago from Seattle in early 2017, then a school for her two daughters and lastly a house or apartment for them—like she does each time they relocate.

“I couldn’t find a centralized arts community in Chicago and it took me a little while to realize that there isn’t one,” Vrijmoet said. “The studio rents out here are double what I was paying in Seattle, so I started thinking about purchasing my own space.”

She found “the perfect space for an arts studio” in West Logan Square on Wrightwood Avenue that came with a small retail space in front.

“I noticed that [the studio] would meet my needs and started thinking about the little storefront,” said Vrijmoet, 53. “I immediately thought that given the location it would be perfect for a coffee shop.”

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