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Lovin’ the Latte: A road trip from Oak Lawn


News of Kdulche’s Lansing Journal Latte has reached the western suburbs

LANSING, Ill. (November 26, 2023) – Having missed this summer’s Journal Java Chip promotion with Gayety’s Chocolates and Ice Cream, sisters Jean and Karen Racek were determined not to let the Lansing Journal Latte pass them by. They organized a road trip to Kdulche Café, where they enjoyed a Sunday lunch and a round of the increasingly popular beverage.

Oak Lawn
From left: Michael Lafferty, Jean Racek, David Witkosky, and Karen Racek drove through snow, rain, and heavy traffic from Oak Lawn to Lansing to experience the Lansing Journal Latte. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The friends discovered that the Lansing Journal Latte is not “syrupy sweet,” despite the mix of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel in the recipe. The beverage is created exclusively by Kdulche Café (3521 Ridge Road in Lansing) to represent the diverse community served by The Lansing Journal.

About our feature, Lovin’ the Latte

Lansing Journal Journeys

As a community newspaper, The Lansing Journal looks for creative ways to invite the community into our pages. One of our longest-running series is Lansing Journal Journeys, an award-winning feature that showcases people displaying The Lansing Journal in creative locations.

Lovin’ the Latte is an offshoot of Journal Journeys that celebrates The Lansing Journal’s creative partnership with Kdulche Café.

Kdulche Owner Eduardo Zepeda created a selfie station for latte-loving guests. (Photo: Eduardo Zepeda)

Send us your Lovin’ the Latte photos

To participate, visit Kdulche and take your photo in front of one of the Lansing Journal Latte posters, OR take a photo with your Lansing Journal Latte — either in the café or on the go.

Email your photos to [email protected] and tell us:

  1. The names of any people in the photo
  2. The name of the person who took the photo


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.