Joe and Melissa Basilone opened Perkolator in September of 2014. It has since become the cornerstone of their community, the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago and the Irving Austin Business District. Located at the heart of the Irving Austin Business District, their cafe has connected their community through coffee, tea, food and art. It is not only a café, but it is a a place where neighbors sit down together; where groups make plans to better their community; where friends are made; and where local artists show their work and people come together to see those works or art.
Perkolator has temporarily closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has pivoted its business model in an effort to protect their community’s safety as well as their employees' safety. They currently offer coffee, tea, and cold brew subscriptions with local, no-contact delivery direct to your doorstep.