Chicago: The Wormhole Coffee.

How can a place provide great service, have outstanding specialty coffee, provide a relaxing atmosphere and bring back tons of memories of youth? The Wormhole Coffee in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago does just that.

Chicago - Wicker Park neighborhood Chicago - Wicker Park neighborhood

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee

It’s my favorite coffeehouse in Chicago. I’ve actually introduced it to two other travel bloggers my last two times there. Leah of Leah Travels and I went there during last months #WindyCityTweetup. Pola of Jetting Around met me there for coffee one morning last week. Both great times. πŸ™‚

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee

The Wormhole Coffee is an indie coffeehouse which opened in 2010. Sci-fi themed, it immediately brings back tons of memories from the 80’s. The first thing you notice way in the back is the Back To The Future Delorean. You’ll find other small Delorean’s throughout. 1.21 gigawatts is what powers the coffeehouse, just kidding!

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee - Delorean

You can sit and enjoy your coffee right next to the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial lamp. Relax and “Phone Home”.

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Right by the entrance is a bunch of Mogwai’s (Gizmo’s) from the Gremlins. Remember, don’t expose them to too much light or feed them after midnight. πŸ™‚ Any one up for a game on the Nintendo Entertainment System?

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee - Gizmo - Gremlins

I’m not just drawn in by the sci-fi theme, their coffee is beyond outstanding. My go-to drink is the Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa. It’s worth the several hour drive to Chicago all by itself.

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee - Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa

The most recent time with Pola I mixed it up and went with the Vanilla Bean Latte, another must get yum.

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee - Vanilla Bean Latte

The register is an iPad, which they give to you to confirm the bill and add a tip. How more nerdy can you get?! Some tasty treats sit underneath the front counter. I resisted, for now anyways lol. They love bikers, giving anyone free drip coffee that walks it with a helmet before 9:00 a.m. Bikers are everywhere in Chicago, but I usually see a lot more of them in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

Chicago - The Wormhole Coffee

Checkout Leah’s post, Beguiled In Chicago, for her experience at The Wormhole Coffee. The Honey Bear Latte is on the list for next time.

For great service, coffee, a relaxing atmosphere and the bringing back of memories The Wormhole Coffee needs to be at the top of your Chicago bucket list. Who wants to go with me next time?

What is your favorite coffeehouse in Chicago? That you have come across in your travels?

8 responses to “Chicago: The Wormhole Coffee.

  1. Me! Me! I wanna go back. That’s really cool about the bikers getting free drip coffee. I should have brought my helmet. πŸ˜‰

    • Sounds like a plan! Pola and I wondered about the open space at the entrance. Maybe that’s to allow bikers to ride in. πŸ™‚

  2. What a cool coffee house Aaron. It’s not like anything I have ever seen. You go for the experience πŸ˜‰

    Love that Delorean! Brings back great memories!

    Now the lattes are works of art. Just beautiful.

    Looking at those pastries makes me salivate ha ha Were they as good as they look?

    Kay πŸ™‚

    • Me either. They have both the experience and the drinks down pat. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I have just salivated at the pastries myself. I’m not sure why I haven’t had one yet. Gonna need to change that next time.

  3. Oh, I’m going back, with or without you! Actually, both! πŸ˜€ The coffee is truly very, very good, and this comes from a picky coffee lover. πŸ™‚ The ambiance is great too – makes you want to rewatch all the movies.

    My favorite coffee shop in Chicago is Julius Meinl, an Austrian company founded 150 ago. They may technically be a chain, but they only have a few locations in N. America (all in Chicago within a 2-mile radius) and the coffee experience is certainly not fast food-y.

    I forgot to tell you – on my way to Wormhole, I saw a skater in Wicker park – and half-expected him to hover above ground. πŸ˜‰

    • More good times at Wormhole again! Will definitely check out Julius Meinl. Haha, love the Back To The Future references. Gotta go, I’m putting my Pizza Hut pizza into the hydrator for dinner. πŸ™‚

  4. Traveling Ted

    I live off the train line in Chicago, and I find it difficult to frequent places off the train line as I have to take a train/bus combination or drive. Since this place is so well rated, I will have to make the effort.

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