How a small Chicago café is making a huge difference

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It's still possible to give to others without breaking the bank, and one café in Chicago proves this to be more true than ever.

Curt's Café is not your average café: The café opened in May 2012, aiming to use local products and vendors, making everything they can from scratch. While those goals have been clear throughout the café's existence, what makes Curt's Café so unique is the way in which it gives back to the community.

The main goal of the café is to give both life and food service training for at-risk youth in the Chicago and Evanston area. The official website for Curt's Café calls "dining with purpose" -- aiming to enjoy great food and help the community at the same time.

With two locations and a catering business, the café is helping to employ and train large numbers of at-risk men and women. More specifically, the staff at the café mentors and trains juvenile offenders between the ages of 15 and 24.

To date, approximately 30 teenagers and young adults have gone through the Curt's Café program, and about 75 percent of them have landed jobs.

Do you know of awesome local businesses that are making a change in your community? Let us know in the comments below!

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