In 1997 we converted a former auto parts store on Milwaukee's East Side into a cafe and roastery. We moved to a larger space in Riverwest in 2007, leaving behind the space that would become The Back Room @ Colectivo, a music venue operated by our friends at The Pabst Theater Group. This intimate stop hosts more than 150 small-scale touring and local artists each year, gathering small crowds for a great creative experience. Adorned with string lights, hanging plants, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee, The Back Room @ Colectivo provides a perfect space for an up-close-and-personal evening with any artist, from jazz musicians to the next big thing in indie.
This cafe features a sunny interior decked out in colorful repurposed materials - be sure to check out our giant mixing bowl planters! Fully operable garage doors open to face Milwaukee Ave., one of Chicago’s most popular cycling routes.