Visited: Saturday, May 20, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.
Whenever we travel, we have a few benchmarks we use to explore: a breakfast spot (obviously), a brewery, a park, and… a coffee shop. These places give you a good feel for a place, and they let you interact face-to-face with locals. Bartenders, baristas, and servers will give you honest answers about where to eat, drink, and play.
Several coffee-loving friends directed us to Wormhole Coffee when we last visited Chicago, and oh my, I’m glad we went.
Wormhole features a throwback 1980s theme, so if you grew up in that era, like myself, you’ll find yourself wandering the shop. It’s a trip down memory lane.
Shelves are decorated with bits of pop culture: Star Wars, Gremlins, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Game Boys.
AND THERE’S A DELOREAN IN THE BACK!
Complete with hover conversion and Mr. Fusion.
It’s worth noting, too, that the coffee is great. The baristas are friendly and suggested some greatest hits. Warm chocolates for the boys, a cortado for the Mrs. (complete with a Teddy Graham), and a ginger curry latte for myself. The latte tasted like a graham cracker.
The cream and sugar station includes an Apple computer, a rotary phone, and 5 1/4″ floppy disks! I had to explain those to my boys. (Oh my, I’m getting old…)
These bring back so many memories.
In the back hangs a Millennium Falcon (an original, it looks like!) with a facehugger from Alien wrapped around it.
And of course there’s an NES hooked up in the back, with Super Mario 3 ready to go.
If you’re visiting Chicago and find yourself in Wicker Park, please visit Wormhole. It’s a memory trip, both then and writing this now.