Star Lounge Chicago

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Star Lounge – Funky coffee shop

Star Lounge was the OG cafe of Dark Matter Coffee. Their founder invested in what was formerly a bar and transformed the space and his brand over the past several years. Dark Matter has now expanded to over a half-dozen spots in neighborhoods across the city. Their delivery of coffee is driven by a passionate team of baristas and roasters that are brewing some of THE best coffee in the city.

Star Lounge’s cafe is a neighborhood stalwart with a tight-knit community vibe, featuring a long vintage bar to saddle up over some espresso, some quiet space to get work done upstairs, as well as pop-up markets featuring local artists and vendors on their back patio. The decor and vibe is psychedelic, paying homage to the artist-type patrons that frequent this spot.

Their creatively named whole beans are roasted around the corner at the Mothership (738 N Western).  Drip coffee from here is legit, but their draft iced coffee – Chocolate City – is something they are known for and a MUST-try for any coldbrew connoisseur.  They were brewing their iced coffee before it was cool and now you can take away variants of Chocolate City and other products in cans to-go.

Traditionalists can get a cappuccino or latte straight or upgrade your flavor choice to their popular Wake and Bake with maple syrup and sage or a Mayan Mocha with chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne and agave.

Pastries and goodies are delivered fresh daily from local partners like West Town Bakery and DoRite Donuts.

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Details about this spot



2521 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Telephone number


Opening Times

07:00 - 17:00 daily


Ice coffee: USD 2


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