Owners of Colectivo Coffee are opening a cafe next week in Wicker Park, the chain’s fifth Chicago location since it burst onto the local coffee scene two years ago. The popular Milwaukee-based roasters are launching the 3,000 square foot indoor-outdoor space and leafy patio on Friday, April 26 at 1211 N. Damen Avenue, just as Chicagoans are starting to eye outdoor-seating possibilities. The cafe will also include a fireplace, a custom two-story chandelier, and the wood-meets-metal rustic aesthetic embraced across the chain’s locations. The space will also serve as the training headquarters for all of Colectivo’s Chicago baristas.
The Wicker Park cafe drink menu offers their range of coffees, teas, and Colectivo Keg Co. beers, as well as new spring beverages like the “Matcha Lemon Frappe” with ground matcha, white chocolate and sweet lemonade, and a “Sparkling Cherry Cold Brew,” a combination of sparkling water and cold brew coffee topped with cherry syrup.
The food menu, already comprehensive for a coffee shop, will be expanded in a shift toward more vegan and vegetarian options. New items include a cauliflower banh mi made with harissa-roasted cauliflower, slaw, cucumbers, and pickled jalapeños inside a French roll from Troubadour, Colectivo’s bakery, and a bowl of the coconut milk chia pudding, topped with fresh blueberries, vegan granola, and toasted almonds.
Colectivo joins a plethora of coffee options in the neighborhood, including Caffe Streets, Intelligentsia, La Colombe, and the Wormhole Coffee. The chain already operates coffee shops in Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Andersonville, and Evanston, on top of the 16 locations in Wisconsin.
Stay tuned for more on this opening.