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Wicker Park’s Wormhole Coffee: Hub for Vintage Memorabilia

Wormhole Coffee’s replica DeLorean sits next to a life-size cutout of Han Solo from “Star Wars.”

Wicker Park’s Wormhole Coffee has drinks, treats, and a blast from the past: the café is generously adorned with vintage memorabilia.

The Wormhole Coffee attracts many visitors not only because it has great coffee and pastries, but also because it features an original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game console; collector’s items based on films like “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters,” “E.T.,” “The Goonies,” and “Indiana Jones;” and a DeLorean just like the one in the movie “Back to the Future.”

One regular patron of the café, Gale Rahl, 30, says that he can spend hours at Wormhole playing video games on the café’s NES.

“I usually get a bottomless cup [of coffee] because I know I’m going to be here for a second,” Rahl said.

While Rahl said that he is not a big coffee drinker, he said that he enjoys the atmosphere at Wormhole and the fact that he can come to play original Nintendo games like “Super Mario.” He said that visits the café as often as he can.

A huge fan of vintage gaming, Rahl said that his friends often ask him why he doesn’t just buy his own NES instead of coming to Wormhole as frequently as he does.

“It’s just not the same,” Rahl said.  “There aren’t many other places like this where you can just chill and play.”

A game of “Super Mario 3” is played on a NES.

Rahl also said that he likes the way Wormhole is set up; he said that the cult movie posters on the walls are a great touch and that the DeLorean in the café is what brought him there in the first place.

The café’s signature DeLorean is a replica of the one Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly used to travel through time in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.”  The car’s license plate even reads “OUTATIME,” just like the one in the film.

Rahl is not the only person whom the car brought to the store; many patrons know the time machine car as the café’s main attraction.

Dillon Galloway, 20, of Tucson, Ariz. was in town visiting his father in Chicago and heard from a friend that Wormhole Coffee had its own DeLorean; he said he had to come check it out.

“It was rad to see,” Galloway said.  “The only thing that bugged me was that I couldn’t play in it.  It would have been really cool to sit in a DeLorean.”


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