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Inside Logan Square’s Cold War-Inspired Coffee Shop, Now Open

Halfwit — the owners of Wormhole — have a new spot

Halfwit Coffee Roasters
Barry Brecheisen

A new coffee shop from the owner of popular Wicker Park cafe Wormhole, is now open in Logan Square. Like Wormhole, which is known for its 1980s movie posters and Back To The Future-style DeLorean, the West Logan Square cafe at 3431 W. Fullerton Avenue has a theme. For the new spot, simply known as Halfwit Coffee Roasters, the theme is the Cold War era space race between the Americans and Soviets.

Unlike Wormhole, the Logan Square space doubles as a roasting facility and training lab, making it a headquarters of sorts for owner Travis Schaffner’s coffee wholesaler, Halfwit Coffee Roasters. Expect large communal tables, free WiFi, pastries and, of course, freshly roasted Halfwit coffee.

Halfwit supplies the coffee at Logan Square’s Damn Fine Coffee Bar, Rogers Park’s Smack Dab and Wicker Park’s Scone City. The new cafe gives Schaffner and his team more brand recognition.

Take a tour of the space below. Halfwit is now open.

Halfwit Coffee Roasters, 3431 W. Fullerton Avenue., is now open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The scene that greets customers.
Window seating provides good people watching, right next door to The Burlington.
Dungeons and Dragons players should recognize the mats.
A closeup of the counter.
Communal tables are coffeehouse staples.
Customers can buy coffee to grind at home.
The cafe offers free WiFi.
It’s not as heavily decorated compared to Wormhole.
The hall leads to the coffee lab.
The bar seating lets customers see coffee experiments.
The Halfwit logo shows no bias toward Astronauts or Cosmonauts.
Coffee is the last frontier.

Halfwit Coffee Roasters

3431 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (224) 578-0695 Visit Website

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