Bus: 49 Western, 66 Chicago(773) 384-7827 starloungecoffee.com41.895642 -87.690159 2521 W Chicago Ave (between Campbell and Maplewood Aves) West Town, Chicago
Mon–Fri 6am–9pm; Sat 7am–8pm; Sun 8am–8pmAverage cup of coffee: $2.50
Jesse Diaz has turned this unassuming West Town café into a coffee destination. Sidle up to the “bar” for a taste of Dark Matter coffee, which is roasted in eight-pound batches above the café in unusual flavor profiles that have caught the attention of area restaurants, including Alinea. Diaz’s unconventional roasting approach extends to iced coffee, which achieves its delicate flavor using heat-extraction rather than trendy cold-brewing. No clue what we’re talking about? One of the veteran baristas behind the bar can walk you through it.