Stumptown Opens in Chicago

Dec 11, 2017

Opening December 4th, 2017, our first Chicago cafe can be found in the West Loop neighborhood, located inside our long-time friends, the Ace Hotel. Once a neighborhood known as the meatpacking district, it now houses some of the best gastronomic and culinary minds in it’s many restaurants and bars.

With every new cafe, we are steadfast in our commitment to our new community. The building that now houses the Ace was once home to an Italian-American cheese factory. Forming an all-star team with Sterling Bay, Grec Architects & Commune, the Ace conceptualized a modern space inspired by Bauhaus philosophy, while incorporating a portion of the original warehouse’s facade. In 2017 they were given the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation of Excellence for their structure harmonizing the old and new.

Seated next to the Ace’s Lobby, our cafe flows seamlessly with the building’s New Bauhaus aesthetic, featuring a custom leather bar and extensive tap selection. Adorning the sleek space, you’ll find tapestries by Dee Clements of Studio Herron, a local Art Institute of Chicago graduate. Dee is a process based artist with a deep love of materials and experimentation. She sources her fibers transparently and produces on the small manufacturing scale in partnership with US based weaving mills.

Our coffee menu lives strong in the West Loop, featuring classic espresso drinks, single-origin pour overs and our famous cold brew beverages. City Mouse keeps us rich in delicious pastries, and for the first time ever, our beverages are served in custom white ceramics by Acme.

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Opening day of our cafe was celebrated by donating all profits to one of our favorite local organizations, Young Chicago Authors. YCA is a not-for-profit arts and education organization that serve the vibrant Chicago literary scene in innumerable ways. In 2001, they created Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry slam in the world. They gather students representing schools and community groups in the Chicago area to perform original solo and group poems in a tournament-style competition. More frequently, they host WordPlay, the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago, which fostered the young talent of Chance The Rapper and Jamila Woods.

Bookending a day of friends old and gold, Thrill Jockey Records came through to DJ the night away. The legendary label was born in New York City then migrated to the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in the early 90’s- not far from our cafe. Hosting artists from all over the world (including a band of our own wildcards, Dommengang), they spun the wax of some of our favorite musicians, blasting us off into the stratosphere of psychey-sludge that the ‘rep so well.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have opened our 10th cafe. We hope to see you there!

Come see us at 311 N. Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day