If you’re stuck inside and daydreaming about travel, restaurants, and places that inspire your design, we have the perfect fix. This super cute bakery and cafe in the heart of Chicago brings in the combination of history and vintage interior design for a fresh, new feel. Let’s take a dive into this gorgeous interior space that so many people have enjoyed over the years.

Photo courtesy of Spinning J

During my time staying home throughout this quarantine, I keep thinking of certain places I miss the most, especially when it relates to food or coffee.  I have grown to love both and appreciate the little details in my favorite cafes and the work that goes into a great cup of coffee, a slice of pie, or a fresh pastry straight out of the oven. Spinning J, a Chicago cafe and bakery, is located in the heart of Humboldt Park and was one of my absolute favorite places to go throughout my time living in the windy city.  From the interior details of the light fixtures to the tile, I fell in love with every aspect of this neighborhood cafe and bakery and could not get enough of it.  I could spend a whole day taking in the different textures of the ceiling tiles and the mixing and matching of different materials.

Spinning J History

Photo courtesy of Spinning J

Photo courtesy of Spinning J

Photo courtesy of Spinning J

Spinning J is located in a gorgeous 1900’s building that incorporates many salvaged materials to make up the interior.  The 1928 marble bar, brass foot rails, and barstools were saved from a basement outside of Milwaukee, which gives each of these pieces even more historical importance.  Spinning J was built using a majority of reclaimed and recycled materials, which can be seen throughout the light fixtures, the back bar, and vintage china.  The theme of old made to new is captured perfectly within Spinning J, which completes the whole look.

Design Elements

Photo courtesy of Centered By Design

Photo courtesy of Spinning J

Photo courtesy of Centered By Design

One of the most unique aspects that caught my eye in Spinning J was the flooring, which consists of about 100 various vintage tiles from the 1920s.  Each one of these tiles is different in their own way and has a very Art Deco sense to them.  Another part of Spinning J that has an abundance of history to it is its antique soda bar, which was built in 1928.  This was built to give off a 1920’s and 1930’s vibe that includes dark woods, glass, and marble.  Each of these pieces was created on a budget and used with as many recycled materials as possible.  The wallpaper is also one of my favorites, with its mix of light pinks and gold floral designs.  I love the mix of the vintage and modern feel to it and the touch of brightness it gives off.  There have been many times where I was having a piece of quiche or a piece of their famous pies and wondering how I could someday replicate their wallpaper into my dream home.

Ordering during COVID-19

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Even though we can’t currently enjoy a meal inside Spinning J due to the coronavirus, if you live in Chicago and want to order from them, they are offering dinner for pick up from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday.  You can order through store.spinningj.com and support this amazing small business along with others throughout the Chicago area.

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My friend Alex and me at Spinning J. As soon as I got off the plane I went right to this amazing bakery and cafe