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A werewolf is said to transform at night under the glow of the moon, and the DMK restaurant group is applying the concept to coffee, transforming it from something we consume on the go to something more of a community experience.


BY: Chris Blatner Contributing writer

The coffee culture in Chicago is stronger than ever, with independent shops aplenty that are crafting excellent caffeinated brews. In short, a global pandemic or not,  a good cup of coffee is pretty easy to find in this fair city. But Werewolf coffee in West Town is offering something unique. That begins with the barista station, a former Wonder Bread truck that was transformed by local designer Arlan Derussy to house the espresso machines, coffee counter, and cold brew taps. Under the hood, a turntable and crates of vinyl sit atop the old engine, and in the back end, there is a pastry case filled with baked goods from Evanston’s Bennison’s Bakery along with other packaged snacks.

While the truck is certainly the focal point and highlight of the high-ceilinged warehouse-style space, when the times allow for it, the cafe offers an inviting area to hang out with friends in a small lounge complete with a fireplace, that sits adjacent to the truck. There are also several tables and bar seating accented by a giant wall made from old railroad ties.

When it comes to the coffee, there is a rotating selection from local roasters, curated based on customer input and feedback. They are also creating specialty drinks that try to push the norm with a variety of original flavors and presentation, like using edible glitter and offering alluring creations like the Sweet Beet Latte and Charcoal Latte. And for the tea drinkers, they offer several flavors that can be served hot or cold. There are also ready-to-drink tea selections infused with CBD.

While the global pandemic has halted plans, when the coast is clear, and we can once again enjoy public outings, their effort is to transform into more of a community experience. Before the pandemic, they started a “Stuff Swap” every first Saturday of the month that encouraged a more sustainable and frugal lifestyle. The idea was for people to bring 10-15 apparel items that are in good condition and swap them with someone else. In the future, they are also looking into hosting live music, art shows, and DIY workshops, giving us all something to look forward to.

From the coffee to the atmosphere to community events, Werewolf Coffee is undoubtedly creating a new kind of experience for Chicago’s caffeine enthusiasts.


Before a long day of remote work, Werewolf Cofee has your back, full moon, or bright sun, head in for your daily transformation

Looking for vino for the casa? Head across the street to discount wine warehouse Vin Chicago and load up on a few bottles

Hungry? Hit up Ada Street for some small plates. Sitting in the open courtyard is a must