The Cafe Carpe, a secular trinity of family-friendly cafe, bar, and listening room, is housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by fairly sentient centenarians Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985. Peruse this site to learn its fascinating history, and to discover what it has to offer, and when, but do not ask why.


Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday open at 4:30 pm

Please contact us to reserve for groups larger than 6.

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    NEW HOURS Some new hours going on, opening at 4:30 for the evening (weekday lunch hours remain the same), serving food until 10:00 nightly. The 10th and 11th Lamplighter shows have SOLD OUT. The December 17th & 19th REDBIRD shows have SOLD OUT, as has the 18th with Peter, Goody and Birds of Chicago. Check the page of the event for details on purchasing tickets for the rest of the Lamplighter series. People who wish to sell tickets or buy tickets as they become available should go to the Brown Paper Tickets site mentioned on the page of the event and in the Lamplighter post.