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There’s no alcohol at this bar, but espresso drinks (made with house-roasted Dark Matter coffee) are equally intoxicating. (Dolor de Oro is a wicked mix of espresso, steamed milk, honey, habanero pepper, cinnamon, and chocolate.) Grab a bar stool or hang out on the back deck on sunny days.
Star Lounge Coffee Bar, 2521 West Chicago Avenue, between Maplewood and Campbell Avenues (773-384-7827 or starloungecoffee.com).
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