About Us

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.