Dark Matter Coffee

Dark Matter Coffee is a locally-owned company that makes excellent coffee. They roast their own beans at their Humboldt Park roastery, which is where they experiment with different methods, like fermentation and barrel-aging, to produce unique drinks. There are eight Dark Matter coffee shops across Chicago and each one is a little different—for example, one spot focuses on selling bags of beans, another is where you can try Mexican drinking chocolate. But all locations share the same psychedelic vibe (with names like Osmium or Electric Mud) and serve things like nitro coffee and drinks like the “wake and bake” latte, which is basically breakfast in a cup. Some of the shops have patios too, but you’ll probably want to sit indoors where you can gaze at the artwork on the wall and wonder whether it’s something Salvador Dali painted in a little-known steampunk phase.