Coffee, Tea and  Smoothie Bar

A place where anyone can get inspired. Independent and minority owned.
131 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115 (across from Walgreen on Lincoln and 1st)

Temporarily closed due to plumbing and equipment repairs

Organic / fair trade 

We strive to support global farmers who produce coffee, tea, chocolate and more.


Help us create opportunities for youth to do more, be more and give more.

Get inspired

Creative environment with books and local art galore.

looking for a simply delicious drink? here you go. 

We make sweets and savory treats in our kitchen everyday. Love is the main ingredient.

Our best food option is the best sandwich around. Homemade ciabatta with grilled veggies, hearty cheeses and savory meats from the local deli. Try our sandwiches in five varieties with yummy kettle chips.


Crafted Lattes and Blended Drinks
The coffee Bar

These are the drinks that have made CG a local favorite. Come and try something unique or classic done right. Less sugar? No problem. Non-diary, sugar free or decaf? We got you. Think of the barista as your personal coffee consultant. :)


Crafted Teas
Always Tea Time

Just like our coffee and chocolate drinks, tea is 100% organic and fair trade sourced.

From our traditional Indian Chai preparation to our delicious Matcha, we don't take short cuts on quality.


fruit smoothies
Real  Smoothies 

Great tasting real fruit smoothies don't have to break your piggy bank. We've got a flavor for all occasions so please try them all!


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CG4 Arts Initiative

Common Grounds is more than a coffeeshop, it's about inspiring community one cup at a time. Our mission, place where anyone can get inspired, has evolved to intentionally affect the lives of creative youth. We believe DeKalb County needs a place where young illustrators, designers, authors and performers can get inspired. And, because some youth have more access to a better life, our goal is provide space, resources and people to guide their creative success.

This future location will be called CG4 Arts. 

CG4 community art center will offer gallery space an indie bookstore and performance stage within Common Grounds Coffeeshop. Above the cafe will be studio and offices for designers, visual artists and mentors to create and collaborate. Imagine helping a teen or middle schooler develop a clothing line, publish books or record music for sell at CG4 bookstore. Through team support their project can receive the gloss and polish needed for national recognition. Not only that, statistics show how mentorship directly affects better grades and character development. Young people who find their purpose among likeminded peers and role models tend to avoid at risk behaviors.

To quote late Apple founder Steve Jobs, "I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don’t have that insight." Youth need people to see as they see and the opportunity to take risks and fail without giving up.

Click below if you would like to help a team leader, coach or financial contributor with CG4 Arts?


131 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115 (across from Walgreen on Lincoln and 1st)

Phone: +1 (815) 570-3379 

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  • Free Methodist Church 
  • DeKalb Public Library
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Please send us your ideas, bug reports, suggestions! Any feedback would be appreciated.