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Can Chicago’s Independent Coffee Shops Bounce Back? Cafes Cut Hours As They Struggle

CHICAGO — Some cafes that have long served as neighborhood gathering spots are being forced to reduce their hours, close locations or raise prices to stay afloat amid ongoing pandemic and economic challenges.

Some are facing shortages of ingredients or have seen fewer customers since COVID-19 hit, while others struggle to hire enough employees to staff the cafe.

“It’s like we’re losing public spaces,” said Soren Spicknall, a cafe lover from South Pullman. “Cafes are so social, and it’s interesting to see a lot of folks, like myself, experiencing work days that have become more atomized and more individual because

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