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Guide to Ravenswood, Lincoln Square & Andersonville

David

Guide to Ravenswood, Lincoln Square & Andersonville

Food Scene
We are located between three neighborhoods: Ravenswood, Lincoln Square and Andersonville. We are lucky that there are amazing restaurants in all three neighborhoods. A variety of cuisines are available. This list ranges from coffee shops to pizza or dessert places to date-night restaurants. Note: Photos are automatically added by Airbnb and I have no control over what their computer chooses to display.
Go early! This breakfast/lunch only place is my favorite breakfast place in Chicago, located about a half-mile from here (9-minute walk). We've dined here almost weekly since they opened. It is a small place, 14 tables & a four-seat counter. The delicious food is amazing – unique weekly specials feature seasonal, local ingredients. The staff are attentive and friendly, but not intrusive. The kitchen turns out beautifully-plated orders incredibly fast – even when the restaurant is filled immediately after opening on weekends. Yelp has a feature to get on the waitlist, which we highly recommend. They always have vegetarian & gluten-free options. Closed Mondays.
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Over Easy Café
4943 North Damen Avenue
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Go early! This breakfast/lunch only place is my favorite breakfast place in Chicago, located about a half-mile from here (9-minute walk). We've dined here almost weekly since they opened. It is a small place, 14 tables & a four-seat counter. The delicious food is amazing – unique weekly specials feature seasonal, local ingredients. The staff are attentive and friendly, but not intrusive. The kitchen turns out beautifully-plated orders incredibly fast – even when the restaurant is filled immediately after opening on weekends. Yelp has a feature to get on the waitlist, which we highly recommend. They always have vegetarian & gluten-free options. Closed Mondays.
This restaurant offers a variety of savory biscuits, pot pies, house-made granola, and grits for breakfast and lunch, as well as at least six different pies each day. They also offer a class every month to learn how to make tasty creations such as Blueberry pie. They offer outdoor dining in the back but it is quite sterile and you have a scenic view of the dumpster for Over Easy Cafe and the alley. Al fresco is nice but others do it way better. Eat your biscuits and pie inside. You can also buy a whole pie to go if you need a hostess gift while you are here!
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Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits Ravenswood
4947 N Damen Ave
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This restaurant offers a variety of savory biscuits, pot pies, house-made granola, and grits for breakfast and lunch, as well as at least six different pies each day. They also offer a class every month to learn how to make tasty creations such as Blueberry pie. They offer outdoor dining in the back but it is quite sterile and you have a scenic view of the dumpster for Over Easy Cafe and the alley. Al fresco is nice but others do it way better. Eat your biscuits and pie inside. You can also buy a whole pie to go if you need a hostess gift while you are here!
Our favorite Thai place consistently offers delicious meals from a broad menu. The small dining room is sleek, white, and modern. Family-owned, the staff are all very friendly. They do a large takeout business, as well, but we prefer to walk over and eat there. They are closed Mondays.
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Yes Thai
5211 North Damen Avenue
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Our favorite Thai place consistently offers delicious meals from a broad menu. The small dining room is sleek, white, and modern. Family-owned, the staff are all very friendly. They do a large takeout business, as well, but we prefer to walk over and eat there. They are closed Mondays.
Nice little independent coffee shop in Ravenswood, along with coffee and tea drinks, offers ice cream, pastries, and a warm quiet vibe. Free wifi for customers.
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The Perfect Cup
4700 North Damen Avenue
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Nice little independent coffee shop in Ravenswood, along with coffee and tea drinks, offers ice cream, pastries, and a warm quiet vibe. Free wifi for customers.
The first Michelin-rated brewpub, they offer a beer tasting menu (of brews created on site), & small & entrée plates and dessert, and delicious cocktails. A weekend brunch highlights breads & baked goods. Reservations!!
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Band of Bohemia
4710 N Ravenswood Ave
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The first Michelin-rated brewpub, they offer a beer tasting menu (of brews created on site), & small & entrée plates and dessert, and delicious cocktails. A weekend brunch highlights breads & baked goods. Reservations!!
Not traditional Chicago pizza, rather it is Quad Cities style, cut into squares/rectangles rather than pie slices. The crust uses a delicious malt flavoring and the cheese is on top of a yummy red sauce. A gluten-free dough is available too. This is a family-friendly pizza place. We highly recommend the mozzarella sticks, the monkey bread, and their huge salads (good for two to share). There is a full bar which offers 100+ Midwestern craft beers, house cocktails, wines by the glass & bottle, and their own Roots Root Beer.
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Roots Handmade Pizza- Lincoln Square
2200 W Lawrence Ave
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Not traditional Chicago pizza, rather it is Quad Cities style, cut into squares/rectangles rather than pie slices. The crust uses a delicious malt flavoring and the cheese is on top of a yummy red sauce. A gluten-free dough is available too. This is a family-friendly pizza place. We highly recommend the mozzarella sticks, the monkey bread, and their huge salads (good for two to share). There is a full bar which offers 100+ Midwestern craft beers, house cocktails, wines by the glass & bottle, and their own Roots Root Beer.
This restaurant/bakery is on Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square. They have a great menu as well as a variety of delicious baked goods. You can dine outdoors in the summer and enjoy the frequent concerts offered on the Plaza in the evening.
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Cafe Selmarie
4729 North Lincoln Avenue
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This restaurant/bakery is on Giddings Plaza in Lincoln Square. They have a great menu as well as a variety of delicious baked goods. You can dine outdoors in the summer and enjoy the frequent concerts offered on the Plaza in the evening.
With a focus on Southern heirloom cooking and sustainably grown food (both livestock & crops), the chef uses some classic/historic Southern recipes. I especially like the crawfish and cheese Hushpuppies, crispy catfish and fried chicken. Make a reservation via Open Table.
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Big Jones
5347 North Clark Street
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With a focus on Southern heirloom cooking and sustainably grown food (both livestock & crops), the chef uses some classic/historic Southern recipes. I especially like the crawfish and cheese Hushpuppies, crispy catfish and fried chicken. Make a reservation via Open Table.
Go for the Ice Cream Shoppe Ice Cream (from Wisconsin). Zanzibar is my favorite dark chocolate flavor there. They also have a variety of baked goods to tempt you. The line goes fast! Airbnb keeps insisting this is a coffee shop. While they do serve coffee, if that is all you want, there are better options in Andersonville.
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George's Ice Cream & Sweets
5306 North Clark Street
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Go for the Ice Cream Shoppe Ice Cream (from Wisconsin). Zanzibar is my favorite dark chocolate flavor there. They also have a variety of baked goods to tempt you. The line goes fast! Airbnb keeps insisting this is a coffee shop. While they do serve coffee, if that is all you want, there are better options in Andersonville.
Ravenswood outpost of the original on Western. It retains the classic sundaes & cones plus a selection of hand-dipped chocolates. The sandwiches, however, not so memorable. Stick with the ice cream and candy. Airbnb keeps insisting this is a coffee shop. It is not!
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Margie's Candies
1813 West Montrose Avenue
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Ravenswood outpost of the original on Western. It retains the classic sundaes & cones plus a selection of hand-dipped chocolates. The sandwiches, however, not so memorable. Stick with the ice cream and candy. Airbnb keeps insisting this is a coffee shop. It is not!
The bar/restaurant has a Belgian feel with a huge beer menu plus a full restaurant. The mussels always get rave reviews. The menu changes often, but currently, I love the half spring chicken and Great Lakes whitefish.
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Hopleaf
5148 North Clark Street
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The bar/restaurant has a Belgian feel with a huge beer menu plus a full restaurant. The mussels always get rave reviews. The menu changes often, but currently, I love the half spring chicken and Great Lakes whitefish.
Not Chicago-style but rather Naples style pizza--very thin crust, cooked quickly in a 700-degree brick oven. They have pizza with & without tomato sauce. Get the burrata appetizer if available (delicious). The specials are often amazing!
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Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 West Sunnyside Avenue
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Not Chicago-style but rather Naples style pizza--very thin crust, cooked quickly in a 700-degree brick oven. They have pizza with & without tomato sauce. Get the burrata appetizer if available (delicious). The specials are often amazing!
Their iced & hot lattes have quite a following. They also have a several specialty espresso drinks. The turkey provolone panini is delicious. Also, free wifi for customers.
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Groundswell Coffee Roasters
4839 N Damen Ave
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Their iced & hot lattes have quite a following. They also have a several specialty espresso drinks. The turkey provolone panini is delicious. Also, free wifi for customers.
This restaurant serves a variety of dishes including their signature quiches and assorted pies. Proceeds help to feed 300 needy and homeless people each week. Frozen pies are available to help with late night pie cravings. The chocolate peanut butter pie is a standout. The apple pie is also tasty!
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First Slice Pie Cafe
5357 North Ashland Avenue
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This restaurant serves a variety of dishes including their signature quiches and assorted pies. Proceeds help to feed 300 needy and homeless people each week. Frozen pies are available to help with late night pie cravings. The chocolate peanut butter pie is a standout. The apple pie is also tasty!
This restaurant/bar has interesting food choices & a good size drink menu. Staffing issues sometimes mean slow service but usually they're great. Try for the rooftop deck in good weather.
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Fountainhead
1970 West Montrose Avenue
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This restaurant/bar has interesting food choices & a good size drink menu. Staffing issues sometimes mean slow service but usually they're great. Try for the rooftop deck in good weather.
NOTE: The Andersonville location is closed for remodeling. The Lincoln Square location is still open. The space for this Andersonville sandwich store is creative, a bit on the hipster side. The Lincoln Square space is expansive and lovely and right on Guidings Plaza by the Square's iconic fountain. The sandwiches & salads are interesting and delicious. A kid's menu and gluten-free bread are available. Wine & beer. Service can be leisurely.
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Jerry's Sandwiches
4739 North Lincoln Avenue
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NOTE: The Andersonville location is closed for remodeling. The Lincoln Square location is still open. The space for this Andersonville sandwich store is creative, a bit on the hipster side. The Lincoln Square space is expansive and lovely and right on Guidings Plaza by the Square's iconic fountain. The sandwiches & salads are interesting and delicious. A kid's menu and gluten-free bread are available. Wine & beer. Service can be leisurely.
One of my favorites in Lincoln Square. Interesting and well-prepared food, attentive & friendly service, lovely atmosphere, plus a terrific back garden patio in the summer. You can easily make a shared dinner just of appetizers and side dishes. Try the whipped ricotta, the ravioli, and the half chicken. Apple fritters too! The Sunday family dinner special is a local favorite.
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Gather
4539 North Lincoln Avenue
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One of my favorites in Lincoln Square. Interesting and well-prepared food, attentive & friendly service, lovely atmosphere, plus a terrific back garden patio in the summer. You can easily make a shared dinner just of appetizers and side dishes. Try the whipped ricotta, the ravioli, and the half chicken. Apple fritters too! The Sunday family dinner special is a local favorite.
Our Lincoln Square go-to. Great cheese & charcuterie flights, strong wine/beer list, & delicious seasonal menu. I love the chicken burger--it's delicious! Garlic-aoili fries!!
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Fork
4600 North Lincoln Avenue
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Our Lincoln Square go-to. Great cheese & charcuterie flights, strong wine/beer list, & delicious seasonal menu. I love the chicken burger--it's delicious! Garlic-aoili fries!!
A small Italian restaurant. Make reservations! Servers are informed, friendly, and attentive. Great food. Love the arugula salad & seafood risotto. Challenging for vegetarians. In the summer, consider asking to be seated on their back courtyard patio.
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DueLire Vino & Cucina
4520 North Lincoln Avenue
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A small Italian restaurant. Make reservations! Servers are informed, friendly, and attentive. Great food. Love the arugula salad & seafood risotto. Challenging for vegetarians. In the summer, consider asking to be seated on their back courtyard patio.
Great date night bistro. Delicious country-French cuisine. Servers are attentive & friendly. I often order the Poulet Rôti Forestière, wild mushroom ragoût, & onion frites. In warm weather, you can ask to be seated in their lovely courtyard. We're even stopped in and had dessert there after a summer concert at the Old Town School.
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Bistro Campagne
4518 North Lincoln Avenue
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Great date night bistro. Delicious country-French cuisine. Servers are attentive & friendly. I often order the Poulet Rôti Forestière, wild mushroom ragoût, & onion frites. In warm weather, you can ask to be seated in their lovely courtyard. We're even stopped in and had dessert there after a summer concert at the Old Town School.
In the mood for fish? This small restaurant is your destination. Make a reservation. Pick fish from the list on the blackboards. Nice sidewalk patio. Get the Seafood Cioppino. Great brunch menu too. Service can be spotty.
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Glenn's Diner
1820 West Montrose Avenue
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In the mood for fish? This small restaurant is your destination. Make a reservation. Pick fish from the list on the blackboards. Nice sidewalk patio. Get the Seafood Cioppino. Great brunch menu too. Service can be spotty.
My favorite Italian place in Chicago. Great food, terrific servers, & nice atmosphere (a bit loud at times).I had an Alaskan halibut cooked in parchment paper--amazing. Try the asparagus & ricotta ravioli. Patio in back is great too.
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Anteprima
5316 North Clark Street
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My favorite Italian place in Chicago. Great food, terrific servers, & nice atmosphere (a bit loud at times).I had an Alaskan halibut cooked in parchment paper--amazing. Try the asparagus & ricotta ravioli. Patio in back is great too.
My favorite Chicago-style pizza place. Try the spinach with sausage and/or mushroom stuffed pizza. It is filling and delicious with a fabulous crust! The Niki's Creation salad is terrific--share it or have it as your entree. Their fried foods, however, are pretty average.
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Chicago's Pizza
1919 West Montrose Avenue
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My favorite Chicago-style pizza place. Try the spinach with sausage and/or mushroom stuffed pizza. It is filling and delicious with a fabulous crust! The Niki's Creation salad is terrific--share it or have it as your entree. Their fried foods, however, are pretty average.
This Andersonville restaurant has a giant bar. They also have two sets of tables on the street in the summer. The food is delicious and the alcohol selection is vast. Many gluten-free options. We often get burgers or grilled cheese and tomato soup. The staff is always great here!
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Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant
5260 North Clark Street
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This Andersonville restaurant has a giant bar. They also have two sets of tables on the street in the summer. The food is delicious and the alcohol selection is vast. Many gluten-free options. We often get burgers or grilled cheese and tomato soup. The staff is always great here!
A cozy restaurant/bakery in Andersonville known for delicious scones! A small but tasty cafe menu & great bakery case. Amazing cupcakes! Friendly staff too!
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A Taste of Heaven
5401 North Clark Street
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A cozy restaurant/bakery in Andersonville known for delicious scones! A small but tasty cafe menu & great bakery case. Amazing cupcakes! Friendly staff too!
This Andersonville restaurant/bar offers good food, nice selection of draft beers, & free classic arcade games. Shrimp tacos and watermelon salad are delicious!Some women indicate they are not given great service here. The music can be fun but a bit loud! In the summer, the outdoor dining area is great!
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Replay Andersonville
5358 N Clark St
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This Andersonville restaurant/bar offers good food, nice selection of draft beers, & free classic arcade games. Shrimp tacos and watermelon salad are delicious!Some women indicate they are not given great service here. The music can be fun but a bit loud! In the summer, the outdoor dining area is great!
A local chain of pizza places. They are known for a delicious butter-crust deep dish pizza. We strongly recommend "The Lou"--spinach mix, mushrooms and sliced Roma tomatoes covered with a blend of mozzarella, romano and cheddar cheese on garlic Buttercrust. I know. Spinach? Really? Yes! Really! It is delicious on pizza. In the summer, enjoying your pizza on their patio is very nice!
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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
4340 North Lincoln Avenue
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A local chain of pizza places. They are known for a delicious butter-crust deep dish pizza. We strongly recommend "The Lou"--spinach mix, mushrooms and sliced Roma tomatoes covered with a blend of mozzarella, romano and cheddar cheese on garlic Buttercrust. I know. Spinach? Really? Yes! Really! It is delicious on pizza. In the summer, enjoying your pizza on their patio is very nice!
Andersonville used to be home to one of every ten Swedish-Americans. This cozy cafe is still proudly Swedish. They do a big breakfast business with delicious coffee, sausages, Swedish pancakes, and omelets. At lunch, you can also get hot sandwiches & meatballs (Swedish, of course!). They also have great limpa. If you are visiting around Christmas, they offer real lutfisk. Note: Cash only!
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Svea Restaurant
5236 N Clark St
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Andersonville used to be home to one of every ten Swedish-Americans. This cozy cafe is still proudly Swedish. They do a big breakfast business with delicious coffee, sausages, Swedish pancakes, and omelets. At lunch, you can also get hot sandwiches & meatballs (Swedish, of course!). They also have great limpa. If you are visiting around Christmas, they offer real lutfisk. Note: Cash only!
This is a hip spot offering traditional Korean cuisine, creative cocktails & sake. The space is intimate and ad dimly lit. The spicy beef soup and the seafood bibimbap get rave reviews. If you are unfamiliar with Korean food, the staff will help you order something you will enjoy. Service is leisurely so not a good place if you have a limited time for your meal.
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Jin Ju
5203 North Clark Street
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This is a hip spot offering traditional Korean cuisine, creative cocktails & sake. The space is intimate and ad dimly lit. The spicy beef soup and the seafood bibimbap get rave reviews. If you are unfamiliar with Korean food, the staff will help you order something you will enjoy. Service is leisurely so not a good place if you have a limited time for your meal.
If looking for Thai in Andersonville, Polygon is a good choice. They also offer sushi. The room is comfortable and warm and on warm days, the windows are opened to the busy Clark sidewalk for people watching while you eat. This is BYOB with a corkage fee. The service is friendly and the kitchen cranks out the food quickly. I recommend the panang noodles!
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Polygon Cafe
5204 North Clark Street
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If looking for Thai in Andersonville, Polygon is a good choice. They also offer sushi. The room is comfortable and warm and on warm days, the windows are opened to the busy Clark sidewalk for people watching while you eat. This is BYOB with a corkage fee. The service is friendly and the kitchen cranks out the food quickly. I recommend the panang noodles!
Although there is a gorgeous bar here, go for the food. They offer hearty, traditional Italian cooking. The staff can help you pair your food selections with craft cocktails and wine. The setting is very warm and stylish, but loud! They are best known for their meatballs--moist, hearty and with a delicious sauce. These are not your mother's meatballs (well, not my mother's, anyway). They are quite large.You can even get an "impossible" plant-based "meat"ball. Half-price bottles of wine on Mondays and a good prix fixe menu on Tuesdays. If you are dining by yourself, this is a comfortable place to go. Get a seat at the communal tables or at the bar and make some new friends over your dinner.
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Bar Roma
5101 N Clark St
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Although there is a gorgeous bar here, go for the food. They offer hearty, traditional Italian cooking. The staff can help you pair your food selections with craft cocktails and wine. The setting is very warm and stylish, but loud! They are best known for their meatballs--moist, hearty and with a delicious sauce. These are not your mother's meatballs (well, not my mother's, anyway). They are quite large.You can even get an "impossible" plant-based "meat"ball. Half-price bottles of wine on Mondays and a good prix fixe menu on Tuesdays. If you are dining by yourself, this is a comfortable place to go. Get a seat at the communal tables or at the bar and make some new friends over your dinner.
This is a local chain of bustling neighborhood hangouts for daily brunch plus weekday lunch in a hip, funky setting. This one has a fabulous patio in the back. If visiting in the summer, ask if they can set you outside. The food is creative, well-prepared and delicious. Favorites of regular diners there include the chocolate French toast and all of their Benedicts. They can get very busy. If so, they will ask for a phone number where they can text you when your table is ready. If you don't have a phone with text service, you will have to check in with the host periodically.
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The Bongo Room
5022 North Clark Street
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This is a local chain of bustling neighborhood hangouts for daily brunch plus weekday lunch in a hip, funky setting. This one has a fabulous patio in the back. If visiting in the summer, ask if they can set you outside. The food is creative, well-prepared and delicious. Favorites of regular diners there include the chocolate French toast and all of their Benedicts. They can get very busy. If so, they will ask for a phone number where they can text you when your table is ready. If you don't have a phone with text service, you will have to check in with the host periodically.
An LGBT favorite in Andersonville, Hamburger Mary's specializes in delicious hamburgers. In warm water, ask to be seated outside. The servers are attentive and fun. Mary's also offers a range of cocktails. It can get a bit loud inside, at times. Your bill is brought to you in a lovely shoe. If you come on the right night, you get to see a wonderful drag show (don't forget to bring singles to tip the performers!). Check out Mary's Attic upstairs for a fun bar!
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Hamburger Mary's
5400 North Clark Street
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An LGBT favorite in Andersonville, Hamburger Mary's specializes in delicious hamburgers. In warm water, ask to be seated outside. The servers are attentive and fun. Mary's also offers a range of cocktails. It can get a bit loud inside, at times. Your bill is brought to you in a lovely shoe. If you come on the right night, you get to see a wonderful drag show (don't forget to bring singles to tip the performers!). Check out Mary's Attic upstairs for a fun bar!
A recent addition to Andersonville, Octavio offers excellent Mexican food. The interior is gorgeous and the staff are uniformly excellent. Brunch is also served daily. Reservations are encouraged to avoid having to wait (can be up to an hour if you just walk in on a weekend night). They also have gluten-free options. The lobster guacamole is quite tasty but I like the regular guac just as well for a lot less $$. I recommend the fajitas and the tacos. This place is a bit pricey for Mexican food but the food is well prepared.
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Octavio Cantina and Kitchen
5310 N Clark St
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A recent addition to Andersonville, Octavio offers excellent Mexican food. The interior is gorgeous and the staff are uniformly excellent. Brunch is also served daily. Reservations are encouraged to avoid having to wait (can be up to an hour if you just walk in on a weekend night). They also have gluten-free options. The lobster guacamole is quite tasty but I like the regular guac just as well for a lot less $$. I recommend the fajitas and the tacos. This place is a bit pricey for Mexican food but the food is well prepared.
Rustic-chic hub for modern American comfort food, including brunch every day (they don't open until 10:30 am, however, plus beer & cocktails. The bar is along the south wall and is quite nice. The service is good and the food is reasonably priced, but a bit underseasoned for my personal taste. In warm weather, it is fun to eat on their patio on Winnemac.
Hutch American Kitchen + Bar
1477 W Winnemac Ave
Rustic-chic hub for modern American comfort food, including brunch every day (they don't open until 10:30 am, however, plus beer & cocktails. The bar is along the south wall and is quite nice. The service is good and the food is reasonably priced, but a bit underseasoned for my personal taste. In warm weather, it is fun to eat on their patio on Winnemac.
Chicago is known for its hot dogs and you can get a great classic hot dog here, as well as great French fries. They also have cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, a veggie burger and more. But, if you have never had a Chicago-style hot dog, when you order one, please don't ask them to put catsup on it (sacrilege). You can get a good meal here relatively inexpensively.
Byron's Hot Dog
1701 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago is known for its hot dogs and you can get a great classic hot dog here, as well as great French fries. They also have cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, a veggie burger and more. But, if you have never had a Chicago-style hot dog, when you order one, please don't ask them to put catsup on it (sacrilege). You can get a good meal here relatively inexpensively.
Besides classic Chicago hot dogs, this place offers a range of other encased meats (including chicken sausage). The menu changes but you can check out their specials on their website (hotgdog.com/specials.php). Recent specials include duck sausage with truffle aioli, smoke Italian, Veal Saltimbocca, bockwurst with sage mustard, habanero tequila with chipotle sauce, basil gorgonzola with chimichurri sauce, a crawfish with shrimp ceviche in a remoulade sauce. If you are there on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, they have fries cooked in duck fat. If available, don't pass them up (unless you are vegetarian). If you are vegetarian, they have a really excellent veggie hot dog.
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Hot"G"Dog
5009 North Clark Street
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Besides classic Chicago hot dogs, this place offers a range of other encased meats (including chicken sausage). The menu changes but you can check out their specials on their website (hotgdog.com/specials.php). Recent specials include duck sausage with truffle aioli, smoke Italian, Veal Saltimbocca, bockwurst with sage mustard, habanero tequila with chipotle sauce, basil gorgonzola with chimichurri sauce, a crawfish with shrimp ceviche in a remoulade sauce. If you are there on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, they have fries cooked in duck fat. If available, don't pass them up (unless you are vegetarian). If you are vegetarian, they have a really excellent veggie hot dog.
Fat Chris serves Detroit-pizza. It's baked in an auto pan and has crispy cheese edges, with a slightly sweet tomato sauce. They also offer hand-tossed pizzas, strombolis, and calzones, as well as pepperoni rolls, parmesan breadsticks, and cheesy sticks. The prepared house and Caesar salads are not my favorite. Dessert offerings are two strudels and cinnamon sticks (both made using their pizza dough). This place appears to do more carry-out than dine-in business. Fat Chris offers a lunch buffet which offers an all you can eat pizza bar, salad bar, and a fountain drink for $11. They will make custom pizzas for you for the pizza bar on request.
Fat Chris's Pizza and Such
1706 W Foster Ave
Fat Chris serves Detroit-pizza. It's baked in an auto pan and has crispy cheese edges, with a slightly sweet tomato sauce. They also offer hand-tossed pizzas, strombolis, and calzones, as well as pepperoni rolls, parmesan breadsticks, and cheesy sticks. The prepared house and Caesar salads are not my favorite. Dessert offerings are two strudels and cinnamon sticks (both made using their pizza dough). This place appears to do more carry-out than dine-in business. Fat Chris offers a lunch buffet which offers an all you can eat pizza bar, salad bar, and a fountain drink for $11. They will make custom pizzas for you for the pizza bar on request.
La Colomba is a European-style cafe which serves their house-brand artisanal coffee as well as morning pastries in a sleek space. Free wifi is available as well on weekdays (not on weekends for some unknown reason). Coffee-by-the-pound is also available. They open at 6:30 am weekdays, 7:00 am on weekends.
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La Colombe Coffee Roasters
5158 North Clark Street
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La Colomba is a European-style cafe which serves their house-brand artisanal coffee as well as morning pastries in a sleek space. Free wifi is available as well on weekdays (not on weekends for some unknown reason). Coffee-by-the-pound is also available. They open at 6:30 am weekdays, 7:00 am on weekends.
Ridman's is a small, locally-owned and operated specialty coffee shop. This is a great open space which provides an urban atmosphere, complete with couches and chairs (but not a lot of seating, given the size of the space). They serve Dark Matter Coffee, Rishi tea, Vosges Haut- Chocolate, and baked goods from two bakeries: Hewn Bread and Defloured (gluten-free). Free wifi, but sometimes a bit spotty for signal strength. They open at 6:30 am weekdays, 7:00 am weekends. Sarah, the owner, is very warm and welcoming.
Ridman's Coffee
4758 N Clark St
Ridman's is a small, locally-owned and operated specialty coffee shop. This is a great open space which provides an urban atmosphere, complete with couches and chairs (but not a lot of seating, given the size of the space). They serve Dark Matter Coffee, Rishi tea, Vosges Haut- Chocolate, and baked goods from two bakeries: Hewn Bread and Defloured (gluten-free). Free wifi, but sometimes a bit spotty for signal strength. They open at 6:30 am weekdays, 7:00 am weekends. Sarah, the owner, is very warm and welcoming.
Fantastic Ravenswood Italian gem -- Enjoy friendly service and well-prepared food. It's BYOB so stop at Mariano's and get a bottle of Sangiovese to pair with the soft grilled polenta topped with the chunky house ragù. The housemade tricolored rotolo is my favorite pasta there. It is stuffed with ricotta and spinach and then baked. Yummy!. Reservations are taken only for parties of four or more. They are open to 11 on Friday and Saturday and until 10 other days (Sunday only until 9).
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Caro Mio Italian Restaurant
1833 West Wilson Avenue
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Fantastic Ravenswood Italian gem -- Enjoy friendly service and well-prepared food. It's BYOB so stop at Mariano's and get a bottle of Sangiovese to pair with the soft grilled polenta topped with the chunky house ragù. The housemade tricolored rotolo is my favorite pasta there. It is stuffed with ricotta and spinach and then baked. Yummy!. Reservations are taken only for parties of four or more. They are open to 11 on Friday and Saturday and until 10 other days (Sunday only until 9).
Owner/chef Darnell Reed bases the menu on his grandmother Luella's Southern roots and recipes he learned as a child with this Southern restaurant. We recommend dishes like Creole catfish, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp po' boys and more. Check out the specials too! You order/pay at the counter and they bring your food to you at your table.
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Luella's Southern Kitchen
4609 North Lincoln Avenue
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Owner/chef Darnell Reed bases the menu on his grandmother Luella's Southern roots and recipes he learned as a child with this Southern restaurant. We recommend dishes like Creole catfish, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp po' boys and more. Check out the specials too! You order/pay at the counter and they bring your food to you at your table.
This busy restaurant offers plant-forward dishes in a casual space. They offer a range of comfort fare: nachos, flatbreads, house-made pastas, wings and and a number of veggie-focused dishes (thumbs up for the grilled sweet potatoes with pecan pesto) and hefty salads. Given their name, it is fitting that they offer eight bird-themed cocktails. (and a couple of tasty mocktails) The 25-seat square bar is a fun place to hang out before or after dinner. In warm water, you can ask to be seated on their patio (note -- the view from the patio is of the city parking lot but it is still nice to eat outside!)
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The Warbler
4535 N Lincoln Ave
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This busy restaurant offers plant-forward dishes in a casual space. They offer a range of comfort fare: nachos, flatbreads, house-made pastas, wings and and a number of veggie-focused dishes (thumbs up for the grilled sweet potatoes with pecan pesto) and hefty salads. Given their name, it is fitting that they offer eight bird-themed cocktails. (and a couple of tasty mocktails) The 25-seat square bar is a fun place to hang out before or after dinner. In warm water, you can ask to be seated on their patio (note -- the view from the patio is of the city parking lot but it is still nice to eat outside!)
A block north of the Square, Elizabeth is in an unassuming storefront. Chef Iliana Regan’s food, however, belies the modest location. there’s a single tasting menu each night, and she offers beer pairings, in addition to wine and nonalcoholic pairings, plus a cocktail list. You can reserve and prepay for dinner online or you can also just call to reserve a table. Elizabeth offers “new gatherer” cuisine, which means Regan forages for many of the ingredients she uses and grows many others. She changes menus every season and also has special theme nights (e.g., Game of Thrones) which are expensive but completely creative and worth the money!
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Elizabeth
4835 N Western Ave
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A block north of the Square, Elizabeth is in an unassuming storefront. Chef Iliana Regan’s food, however, belies the modest location. there’s a single tasting menu each night, and she offers beer pairings, in addition to wine and nonalcoholic pairings, plus a cocktail list. You can reserve and prepay for dinner online or you can also just call to reserve a table. Elizabeth offers “new gatherer” cuisine, which means Regan forages for many of the ingredients she uses and grows many others. She changes menus every season and also has special theme nights (e.g., Game of Thrones) which are expensive but completely creative and worth the money!
Chez Simo is a delightful French restaurant. Some of the best dishes on the menu include escargot in pernod garlic herb butter, french onion soup, Steak Pomme Frites, and their specialty chicken dish, coq au vin. Save room for dessert (the Belgian chocolate mousse cake is amazing!). This place is BYOB so bring a nice French wine with you. There is currently no corkage fee. If you forget, there is a liquor store across the street. If you are dining later in the evening, reservations are suggested. Service is very leisurely (European style).
Chez Simo Bistro
1968 West Lawrence Avenue
Chez Simo is a delightful French restaurant. Some of the best dishes on the menu include escargot in pernod garlic herb butter, french onion soup, Steak Pomme Frites, and their specialty chicken dish, coq au vin. Save room for dessert (the Belgian chocolate mousse cake is amazing!). This place is BYOB so bring a nice French wine with you. There is currently no corkage fee. If you forget, there is a liquor store across the street. If you are dining later in the evening, reservations are suggested. Service is very leisurely (European style).
Baker Miller offers full brunch and lunch at this cute cafe space with 40 seats and serves whole grain comfort foods and delicious baked goods created in house from scratch. Sadly, I do not recommend their grilled cheese sandwich (actually fried cheese which is then placed between slices of bread), but the roast turkey pesto sandwich is yummy! Check out their menu: http://www.bakermillerchicago.com/menu/ UPDATE: Airbnb does not show their current address. They have moved a block over into the heart of Lincoln Square: 4655 N Lincoln Avenue.
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Baker Miller
4655 North Western Avenue
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Baker Miller offers full brunch and lunch at this cute cafe space with 40 seats and serves whole grain comfort foods and delicious baked goods created in house from scratch. Sadly, I do not recommend their grilled cheese sandwich (actually fried cheese which is then placed between slices of bread), but the roast turkey pesto sandwich is yummy! Check out their menu: http://www.bakermillerchicago.com/menu/ UPDATE: Airbnb does not show their current address. They have moved a block over into the heart of Lincoln Square: 4655 N Lincoln Avenue.
This is a relatively new, slightly upscale family-owned neighborhood spot for Mexican dining. They offer great service with a tasty mix of traditional Mexican fare, along with typical Tex-mex offerings. The seafood dishes are outstanding! It is BYOB. We highly recommend Mama Juanita’s mole with Chicken (SO good!).
XOchimilco Mexican Restaurant
2030 W Montrose Ave
This is a relatively new, slightly upscale family-owned neighborhood spot for Mexican dining. They offer great service with a tasty mix of traditional Mexican fare, along with typical Tex-mex offerings. The seafood dishes are outstanding! It is BYOB. We highly recommend Mama Juanita’s mole with Chicken (SO good!).
Entertainment & Activities
Chicago has a wealth of entertainment options for you to explore. It has an exceptionally active music scene and theater community. Note: Photos here are automatically added by Airbnb and I have no control over what their computer chooses to display.
We have volunteered here almost weekly since 1998 – one of our favorite places in Chicago (we got married in their smaller concert hall). They offer concerts and dance shows almost every week (many kinds of music). The School also offers classes and workshops year-round in the largest community school of the arts in the U.S.! Founded in 1957 in the Old Town neighborhood, OTSFM has been in Lincoln Square since 1997. It's WONDERFUL!
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旧城民谣学校
4544 North Lincoln Avenue
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We have volunteered here almost weekly since 1998 – one of our favorite places in Chicago (we got married in their smaller concert hall). They offer concerts and dance shows almost every week (many kinds of music). The School also offers classes and workshops year-round in the largest community school of the arts in the U.S.! Founded in 1957 in the Old Town neighborhood, OTSFM has been in Lincoln Square since 1997. It's WONDERFUL!
The Davis recently reopened after a complete restoration & remodeling. They show first-run films in a 1918 vintage theater which now offers state-of-the-art projection and sound. The Davis is within walking/cycling distance. Seats are all reserved and may be purchased in advance on their website. Next door is the new Carbon Arc bar which offers cocktails, wine, craft beers, small plates and is a great place to hang out before the show.
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Davis Theater, Chicago
4614 North Lincoln Avenue
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The Davis recently reopened after a complete restoration & remodeling. They show first-run films in a 1918 vintage theater which now offers state-of-the-art projection and sound. The Davis is within walking/cycling distance. Seats are all reserved and may be purchased in advance on their website. Next door is the new Carbon Arc bar which offers cocktails, wine, craft beers, small plates and is a great place to hang out before the show.
This is a concert venue. Be prepared for high costs for alcohol and parking. The architecture is very cool. You climb a staircase to the main floor (ballroom). These are standing shows. The sound is VERY loud. They book rock, punk, alternative, rap, and Mexican groups.
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Aragon Ballroom
1106 West Lawrence Avenue
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This is a concert venue. Be prepared for high costs for alcohol and parking. The architecture is very cool. You climb a staircase to the main floor (ballroom). These are standing shows. The sound is VERY loud. They book rock, punk, alternative, rap, and Mexican groups.
The Riv is of your best bets to see mid-level national touring acts. They consistently book very popular bands. The building has seen better days. The OK sound system is really loud! The bathroom is in the basement. Mostly standing with a few seats upstairs.
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里维埃拉剧院
4746 North Racine Avenue
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The Riv is of your best bets to see mid-level national touring acts. They consistently book very popular bands. The building has seen better days. The OK sound system is really loud! The bathroom is in the basement. Mostly standing with a few seats upstairs.
Chicago has a long history of magic tricks being performed in nightclubs. The Chicago Magic Lounge offers great drinks and magic tricks at the bar (no cover charge). But, you can also buy tickets for magic shows in their big multi-level room. Magicians will come to you and perform table magic tricks at your table. They also have stage magicians performing as well. It is a fun and unusual experience. A small menu is also available. High recommended.
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Chicago Magic Lounge
4707 North Broadway
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Chicago has a long history of magic tricks being performed in nightclubs. The Chicago Magic Lounge offers great drinks and magic tricks at the bar (no cover charge). But, you can also buy tickets for magic shows in their big multi-level room. Magicians will come to you and perform table magic tricks at your table. They also have stage magicians performing as well. It is a fun and unusual experience. A small menu is also available. High recommended.
Getting Around
We are about a 1/2 mile walk to the Ravenswood Brown line stop on the CTA (at Damen) and about a mile west of the Lawrence Red Line on the CTA. The Lawrence bus (#81) and the Clark bus (#22) are easily accessible. But, you can also take the Metra downtown or ride it north to Evanston or even to Kenosha! Or, go green and rent a bike! For details on Metra and Divvy, see below:
The Ravenswood stop (Union Pacific North) is a block south. It's a 14-minute ride downtown (2 stops). Buy tickets on the train after boarding from the conductor, but go to the ticket office downtown for a return ticket. If you buy it on the train to Ravenswood, you pay a $5 convenience fee in addition to the cost of your ticket for each ticket! In the summer, take this train north to Ravinia where they host symphony, pop, jazz, country, and Americana concerts most nights. You can picnic on the lawn or eat at one of their restaurants. Tickets for concerts should be purchased in advance as shows often sell-out, even for the lawn. Special Ravinia train prices are available from the conductor.
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Ravenswood
4800 North Ravenswood Avenue
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The Ravenswood stop (Union Pacific North) is a block south. It's a 14-minute ride downtown (2 stops). Buy tickets on the train after boarding from the conductor, but go to the ticket office downtown for a return ticket. If you buy it on the train to Ravenswood, you pay a $5 convenience fee in addition to the cost of your ticket for each ticket! In the summer, take this train north to Ravinia where they host symphony, pop, jazz, country, and Americana concerts most nights. You can picnic on the lawn or eat at one of their restaurants. Tickets for concerts should be purchased in advance as shows often sell-out, even for the lawn. Special Ravinia train prices are available from the conductor.
Divvy is a Chicago bike rental service with pick-up & drop-off points throughout the city. You can buy a 24-Hour pass $9.95/day for unlimited 30-minute rides in a 24-hour period. Yes, you have to check your bike into a Divvy rack every half hour. A rack is a block south of our place.
Divvy Station: Ravenswood Ave & Lawrence Ave
4802 N Ravenswood Ave
Divvy is a Chicago bike rental service with pick-up & drop-off points throughout the city. You can buy a 24-Hour pass $9.95/day for unlimited 30-minute rides in a 24-hour period. Yes, you have to check your bike into a Divvy rack every half hour. A rack is a block south of our place.
Parks & Nature
A lovely neighborhood park. Fieldhouse: weekdays 1:30PM-9:30PM, Saturdays 9AM-5PM, closed Sundays. It offers baseball fields, prairie garden, & nature trail. Swimming is offered at nearby Amundsen High School’s pool (use door #4 after 6PM).
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Winnemac Park
5100 North Leavitt Street
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A lovely neighborhood park. Fieldhouse: weekdays 1:30PM-9:30PM, Saturdays 9AM-5PM, closed Sundays. It offers baseball fields, prairie garden, & nature trail. Swimming is offered at nearby Amundsen High School’s pool (use door #4 after 6PM).
Arts & Culture
This Andersonville museum details the history of the Swedish immigrants instrumental in founding this traditionally Swedish neighborhood. Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago, is one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the United States, with Swedish roots dating back to the 19th century. The museum features a gallery with special art exhibits, “The Dream of America” exhibit, the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, a library, a genealogy center and a Museum Store.
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瑞典裔美国人博物馆
5211 North Clark Street
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This Andersonville museum details the history of the Swedish immigrants instrumental in founding this traditionally Swedish neighborhood. Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago, is one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish heritage in the United States, with Swedish roots dating back to the 19th century. The museum features a gallery with special art exhibits, “The Dream of America” exhibit, the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, a library, a genealogy center and a Museum Store.
This is a small museum open Saturday & Sunday from 1-4PM. Exhibits focus on the history of the area, including Andersonville. In summer, enjoy live music Thurs. evenings in their garden.
Edgewater Historical Society
5358 North Ashland Avenue
This is a small museum open Saturday & Sunday from 1-4PM. Exhibits focus on the history of the area, including Andersonville. In summer, enjoy live music Thurs. evenings in their garden.
This cultural center/language school is in the heart of one of Chicago's traditionally German neighborhoods, Lincoln Square. It has a language school, a museum, an art gallery, and a library. Regular programs include a monthly open house, film screenings, cooking classes, plus concerts, plays & other performances. Check out the "Lost German Chicago" exhibit in the museum and the gallery's rotating exhibits of German American and German artists.
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DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue
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This cultural center/language school is in the heart of one of Chicago's traditionally German neighborhoods, Lincoln Square. It has a language school, a museum, an art gallery, and a library. Regular programs include a monthly open house, film screenings, cooking classes, plus concerts, plays & other performances. Check out the "Lost German Chicago" exhibit in the museum and the gallery's rotating exhibits of German American and German artists.
Drinks & Nightlife
The Hideout, a classic Chicago dive bar, is like hanging out with friends in your parents’ basement, that is, if the basement has an artistic sensibility and musical spirit. It sports a small, yet terrific music room with great artists! It is a completely relaxing spot for a drink with friends. hideoutchicago.com
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隐匿处
1354 West Wabansia Avenue
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The Hideout, a classic Chicago dive bar, is like hanging out with friends in your parents’ basement, that is, if the basement has an artistic sensibility and musical spirit. It sports a small, yet terrific music room with great artists! It is a completely relaxing spot for a drink with friends. hideoutchicago.com
This neighborhood, mostly gay, bar is a comfortable local establishment. Challenge someone to a game of darts, check out the jukebox, or relax in their outdoor space in the summer. The bartending staff is very friendly. Several nights each week they offer live entertainment ranging from Karaoke to interactive game shows. They also showcase art from local artists (changing every two months). A dog-friendly bar, you can often find a patron or two accompanied by a dog.
The SoFo Tap
4923 North Clark Street
This neighborhood, mostly gay, bar is a comfortable local establishment. Challenge someone to a game of darts, check out the jukebox, or relax in their outdoor space in the summer. The bartending staff is very friendly. Several nights each week they offer live entertainment ranging from Karaoke to interactive game shows. They also showcase art from local artists (changing every two months). A dog-friendly bar, you can often find a patron or two accompanied by a dog.
Great local flavor in this German-themed bar with friendly staff and patrons. Large windows open onto Lincoln Square in the summer months. They have a jukebox and no television screens.
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Huettenbar
4721 North Lincoln Avenue
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Great local flavor in this German-themed bar with friendly staff and patrons. Large windows open onto Lincoln Square in the summer months. They have a jukebox and no television screens.
This iconic jazz bar is a Chicago institution. Great jazz players perform here nightly. This is a listening room so be prepared to be quiet! It is open til 4 AM. You may have to wait for a table but can order at the bar and stand to watch the musicians. This was Al Capone's favorite hangout.
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The Green Mill
4802 North Broadway Street
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This iconic jazz bar is a Chicago institution. Great jazz players perform here nightly. This is a listening room so be prepared to be quiet! It is open til 4 AM. You may have to wait for a table but can order at the bar and stand to watch the musicians. This was Al Capone's favorite hangout.
They offer beers they brew on site (these change often. Prices are reasonable but ask about daily drink specials before you order. You can order different beer flight options. They do not have a kitchen but you can bring in food (and your dog) with you. They also have board games. Closed Mondays.
Empirical Brewery
1801 W Foster Ave
They offer beers they brew on site (these change often. Prices are reasonable but ask about daily drink specials before you order. You can order different beer flight options. They do not have a kitchen but you can bring in food (and your dog) with you. They also have board games. Closed Mondays.
Fans of Dovetail love their German- and Czech-style beers. A painted brick room has a 16-seat bar and a few tables. Snacks include pretzels, Landjager sausages, & Argentine alfajores (cookies).
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Dovetail Brewery
1800 W Belle Plaine Ave
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Fans of Dovetail love their German- and Czech-style beers. A painted brick room has a 16-seat bar and a few tables. Snacks include pretzels, Landjager sausages, & Argentine alfajores (cookies).
You can buy cans, bottles and growlers along with tasters and glasses of beer brewed right there! Tasters are served with a key to identify what you're drinking. Service can be slow. Tours are offered every Saturday noon.
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Begyle Brewing Company
1800 West Cuyler Avenue
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You can buy cans, bottles and growlers along with tasters and glasses of beer brewed right there! Tasters are served with a key to identify what you're drinking. Service can be slow. Tours are offered every Saturday noon.
Besides visiting their taproom, check out their tours. Arrive early! Tours are on a first come basis (50 maximum). The taproom offers selections of their beers and short menu. The burritos get rave reviews! No outside food. Closed Mondays.
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Half Acre Beer Company
4257 North Lincoln Avenue
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Besides visiting their taproom, check out their tours. Arrive early! Tours are on a first come basis (50 maximum). The taproom offers selections of their beers and short menu. The burritos get rave reviews! No outside food. Closed Mondays.
Expensive but unique/whimsical cocktails, awarded best new cocktail bar for 2016 by Time Out Chicago. Grab a seat toward the end of the long bar to watch cocktails being made. Short tables line the outside for groups. A nook with high tables hides around the left of the bar. A tiny food menu is available.
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The Sixth
2202 W Lawrence Ave
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Expensive but unique/whimsical cocktails, awarded best new cocktail bar for 2016 by Time Out Chicago. Grab a seat toward the end of the long bar to watch cocktails being made. Short tables line the outside for groups. A nook with high tables hides around the left of the bar. A tiny food menu is available.
This is a new addition (June 2018) to the gay bar scene in South Andersonville (the same owners as nearby SoFo Tap). Customers can roll Skee-Ball, throws darts, and play pool. or gaze at one of the 10 TVs for sports and watch parties. The drinks selection includes rotating boozy slushies and nightly specials, plus a signature margarita on tap. Hutch (next door) is preparing a small menu of bar bites to eat at the Meeting House.
Meeting House Tavern
5025 N Clark St
This is a new addition (June 2018) to the gay bar scene in South Andersonville (the same owners as nearby SoFo Tap). Customers can roll Skee-Ball, throws darts, and play pool. or gaze at one of the 10 TVs for sports and watch parties. The drinks selection includes rotating boozy slushies and nightly specials, plus a signature margarita on tap. Hutch (next door) is preparing a small menu of bar bites to eat at the Meeting House.
Enter through the laundry's secret entrance and prepare to be amazed with card tricks while you enjoy cocktails. This nightclub offers nightly magic stage shows as well as magicians who wander the lounge performing table magic and performing for folks at the bar. We recommend buying tickets in advance. You can make a meal of their small plates, but save room for a yummy chocolate truffle for dessert. Note: Stage shows are offered Sunday afternoon but the performance bar is not open that day. Please note Airbnb does not have the current address. They are located a block north of Winnemac on Clark (5050 N Clark S).
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Chicago Magic Lounge
4707 North Broadway
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Enter through the laundry's secret entrance and prepare to be amazed with card tricks while you enjoy cocktails. This nightclub offers nightly magic stage shows as well as magicians who wander the lounge performing table magic and performing for folks at the bar. We recommend buying tickets in advance. You can make a meal of their small plates, but save room for a yummy chocolate truffle for dessert. Note: Stage shows are offered Sunday afternoon but the performance bar is not open that day. Please note Airbnb does not have the current address. They are located a block north of Winnemac on Clark (5050 N Clark S).
I checked brewery because distillery was not an option. This place is just a couple blocks north of us. They are an urban craft-distiller focusing on organic whiskey, liqueurs & specialty spirits. They also offer classes & tours. The tour guides knowledgeable and enthusiastic as they tell guests about the distilling process and samples of some of their tasty whiskey are given. (http://www.koval-distillery.com/newsite/). The shop is open Monday - Friday: 2-7 pm; Saturday: 1-6:30 pm; and Sunday: 2-5 pm. If you want a tour, they are typically offered every Wednesday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm, and Sunday at 2, 3 and 4 pm. Go to the website to book a tour.
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KOVAL Distillery
5121 North Ravenswood Avenue
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I checked brewery because distillery was not an option. This place is just a couple blocks north of us. They are an urban craft-distiller focusing on organic whiskey, liqueurs & specialty spirits. They also offer classes & tours. The tour guides knowledgeable and enthusiastic as they tell guests about the distilling process and samples of some of their tasty whiskey are given. (http://www.koval-distillery.com/newsite/). The shop is open Monday - Friday: 2-7 pm; Saturday: 1-6:30 pm; and Sunday: 2-5 pm. If you want a tour, they are typically offered every Wednesday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm, and Sunday at 2, 3 and 4 pm. Go to the website to book a tour.
Shopping
The Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Andersonville neighborhoods have a number of unique stores. There is a press here to live locally, including shop locally. We encourage you to patronize our locally-owned businesses. They help to create the character of our three great neighborhoods. Our list covers a wide range of stores. Caution: As neither William nor I ever shop for women's clothing, we did not include women's clothing stores on this list as we can't vouch for their quality.
Hazel is one of my go-to card and gift shops. They have fantastic taste in everything from home goods to jewelry, toys to handbags. Many locals think is the best gift shop in the city!
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Hazel
1902 West Montrose Avenue
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Hazel is one of my go-to card and gift shops. They have fantastic taste in everything from home goods to jewelry, toys to handbags. Many locals think is the best gift shop in the city!
Amy has a great collection of candy--hard-to-find old-fashioned candies, a variety of imported candies, and amazing candies produced in-house. My absolute favorite though is the OMG Bar. So good and such a taste-treat in your mouth. William and I loved it so much we had Amy make smaller versions to include in gift bags for those who came to our wedding! Oh, and there is a nice assortment of super-premium ice creams (from Wisconsin), too. Amy adds a malted-milk ball on top to ice cream in a cup as a little extra treat. Tip: If you love chocolate, order the Zanzibar (made with three kinds of cocoa) -- it is delicious, rich and fudgy!
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Amy's Candy Bar
4704 North Damen Avenue
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Amy has a great collection of candy--hard-to-find old-fashioned candies, a variety of imported candies, and amazing candies produced in-house. My absolute favorite though is the OMG Bar. So good and such a taste-treat in your mouth. William and I loved it so much we had Amy make smaller versions to include in gift bags for those who came to our wedding! Oh, and there is a nice assortment of super-premium ice creams (from Wisconsin), too. Amy adds a malted-milk ball on top to ice cream in a cup as a little extra treat. Tip: If you love chocolate, order the Zanzibar (made with three kinds of cocoa) -- it is delicious, rich and fudgy!
A treat for your senses! Merz is an old-world apothecary (think herbs, tinctures, and potions) with perfumes as well as bath and body items that are great splurges and gifts. The Apothecary was established in Chicago in 1875 by Peter Merz and continues to offer very high-quality advice and merchandise. The pharmacist can help you determine what supplements would be beneficial and safe to take with any prescription medication you are taking. They have a downtown outpost in the Loop at 17 E Monroe. Note: Closed on Sundays!
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Merz Apothecary
4716 North Lincoln Avenue
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A treat for your senses! Merz is an old-world apothecary (think herbs, tinctures, and potions) with perfumes as well as bath and body items that are great splurges and gifts. The Apothecary was established in Chicago in 1875 by Peter Merz and continues to offer very high-quality advice and merchandise. The pharmacist can help you determine what supplements would be beneficial and safe to take with any prescription medication you are taking. They have a downtown outpost in the Loop at 17 E Monroe. Note: Closed on Sundays!
Gene's is a unique European grocery/deli/butcher with items you can't find anywhere else. Recommended for quick lunch (soups, salads, blintzes or pretzel-roll sandwiches) or for continental imports. Memorial Day to early fall, you can buy and eat various encased meat products on their rooftop beer and wine garden.
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Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen
4750 North Lincoln Avenue
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Gene's is a unique European grocery/deli/butcher with items you can't find anywhere else. Recommended for quick lunch (soups, salads, blintzes or pretzel-roll sandwiches) or for continental imports. Memorial Day to early fall, you can buy and eat various encased meat products on their rooftop beer and wine garden.
This is a women-owned bookstore which offers a range of books and offers readings by various writers. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Great collection of children's books. It is a very lesbian-friendly space as well.
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Women & Children First
5233 North Clark Street
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This is a women-owned bookstore which offers a range of books and offers readings by various writers. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Great collection of children's books. It is a very lesbian-friendly space as well.
This Lincoln Square store is a fun place to poke around for unique cards and gifts, many made locally. There are a number of Chicago-themed products (especially items featuring the Chicago flag which make unique souvenirs of a visit to the Windy City), items for kids, a nice card selection (of cards you won't find elsewhere in the area), and fun novelty gifts. They offer journals, coloring books, artwork, bath & body products, drinkware and barware, an amazing assort of fun socks, jewelry, and more.
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ENJOY Lincoln Square
4723 North Lincoln Avenue
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This Lincoln Square store is a fun place to poke around for unique cards and gifts, many made locally. There are a number of Chicago-themed products (especially items featuring the Chicago flag which make unique souvenirs of a visit to the Windy City), items for kids, a nice card selection (of cards you won't find elsewhere in the area), and fun novelty gifts. They offer journals, coloring books, artwork, bath & body products, drinkware and barware, an amazing assort of fun socks, jewelry, and more.
This old-fashioned toy store is stocked with European toys, retro wooden toys, creative playthings, puppets, outdoor games & books for kids of all ages. The staff can suggest toys for a particular age range.
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Timeless Toys Ltd
4749 North Lincoln Avenue
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This old-fashioned toy store is stocked with European toys, retro wooden toys, creative playthings, puppets, outdoor games & books for kids of all ages. The staff can suggest toys for a particular age range.
Who says record stores are no more? This is a local rock & pop resource. They sell both new & used CDs & vinyl, plus buy-backs for previously owned items.
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Laurie's Planet of Sound
4639 North Lincoln Avenue
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Who says record stores are no more? This is a local rock & pop resource. They sell both new & used CDs & vinyl, plus buy-backs for previously owned items.
This small Lincoln Square store offers both new & vintage gifts & home accessories. They also sell unique crafts produced by local artisans.
homesoul
4526 N Lincoln Ave
This small Lincoln Square store offers both new & vintage gifts & home accessories. They also sell unique crafts produced by local artisans.
This is a cooking specialty store which offers a big range of curated cooking tools, gadgets & pots & pans. In addition, they have a number of cooking & wine classes taught on-site at the first-floor demonstration counter or in their fully-equipped upstairs kitchen classroom.
The Chopping Block
4747 North Lincoln Avenue
This is a cooking specialty store which offers a big range of curated cooking tools, gadgets & pots & pans. In addition, they have a number of cooking & wine classes taught on-site at the first-floor demonstration counter or in their fully-equipped upstairs kitchen classroom.
This crowded showroom offers a constantly changing inventory of reasonably-priced wood furniture from India & Indonesia. They can ship. If you see something you want, buy it. They may never get another piece like it!
Nadeau - Furniture With a Soul
4433 N Ravenswood Ave
This crowded showroom offers a constantly changing inventory of reasonably-priced wood furniture from India & Indonesia. They can ship. If you see something you want, buy it. They may never get another piece like it!
This is a huge warehouse which showcases upscale architectural salvage & furnishings. The owners have collected these treasures from around the world. The prices, however, are not cheap! It is fun to browse through, though!
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Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
4325 North Ravenswood Avenue
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This is a huge warehouse which showcases upscale architectural salvage & furnishings. The owners have collected these treasures from around the world. The prices, however, are not cheap! It is fun to browse through, though!
This store calls itself a "curiosity cabinet of odd, amusing & eclectic items resurrected from the past." They stock vintage & antique taxidermy, anatomy items, books, toys, & more. Unique gifts!
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Woolly Mammoth
1513 West Foster Avenue
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This store calls itself a "curiosity cabinet of odd, amusing & eclectic items resurrected from the past." They stock vintage & antique taxidermy, anatomy items, books, toys, & more. Unique gifts!
The tenants in this collection of retail incubator spaces change but you find artists, jewelry makers, candy, soap, kitchen tools, & more at various booths.
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Andersonville Galleria
5247 North Clark Street
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The tenants in this collection of retail incubator spaces change but you find artists, jewelry makers, candy, soap, kitchen tools, & more at various booths.
This small store stocks very unusual products for the kitchen or your bath. They have beautiful products and the prices are reasonable. The upstairs showroom is for those remodeling.
Andersonville Kitchen & Bath Showroom
5038 N Clark St
This small store stocks very unusual products for the kitchen or your bath. They have beautiful products and the prices are reasonable. The upstairs showroom is for those remodeling.
Proceeds from this resale shop benefit an LGBT health center. You can find a variety of clothes, housewares, books, electronics, furniture and more. Inventory changes often.
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The Brown Elephant
5404 North Clark Street
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Proceeds from this resale shop benefit an LGBT health center. You can find a variety of clothes, housewares, books, electronics, furniture and more. Inventory changes often.
This cookware store has a great selection of merchandise to outfit your kitchen. They also offer classes on a regular basis (mostly demonstrations) on particular cuisines.
The Wooden Spoon
5047 North Clark Street
This cookware store has a great selection of merchandise to outfit your kitchen. They also offer classes on a regular basis (mostly demonstrations) on particular cuisines.
While primarily a doggie day care/boarding/training facility, they have a store with a wide variety of treats, food, toys,& leashes. Get a present for your dog while you visit Chicago. If you need a dog fix, ask to observe the dog play area.
Urban Pooch Canine Life Center
4501 N Ravenswood Ave
While primarily a doggie day care/boarding/training facility, they have a store with a wide variety of treats, food, toys,& leashes. Get a present for your dog while you visit Chicago. If you need a dog fix, ask to observe the dog play area.
This small but unique store offers rehabbed furniture and antique/accessories for your home--lots of mid-century modern. Plus, there is often a great French bulldog in residence. They also hang works by featured artists. Check out their website: http://www.districtchicago.com/
District
4835 N Damen Ave
This small but unique store offers rehabbed furniture and antique/accessories for your home--lots of mid-century modern. Plus, there is often a great French bulldog in residence. They also hang works by featured artists. Check out their website: http://www.districtchicago.com/
If you are in the market for a terrarium, this is the place to go! They also have a wide range of unique products, from rugs, pillows, decor to plants to gifts, bedroom, kitchen, etc. The owner is very helpful and prices are reasonable.
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Alapash New Home (and Terrariums)
1944 W Montrose Ave
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If you are in the market for a terrarium, this is the place to go! They also have a wide range of unique products, from rugs, pillows, decor to plants to gifts, bedroom, kitchen, etc. The owner is very helpful and prices are reasonable.
This Lincoln Square bookstore has a great selection of titles, helpful staff (check out the staff picks near the front) and a delightful little cafe (which even serves wine). You can linger here for a long time! They also have readings by authors a couple of times a week and host book groups.
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The Book Cellar
4736 North Lincoln Avenue
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This Lincoln Square bookstore has a great selection of titles, helpful staff (check out the staff picks near the front) and a delightful little cafe (which even serves wine). You can linger here for a long time! They also have readings by authors a couple of times a week and host book groups.
This Chicagoland outdoors store chain carries a good selection of high quality gear (not inexpensive). The friendly sales staff are extremely knowledgeable about their gear and match you to what you actually need (not just the priciest items).
Uncle Dan's Outdoor Store - Lincoln Square
4724 N Lincoln Ave
This Chicagoland outdoors store chain carries a good selection of high quality gear (not inexpensive). The friendly sales staff are extremely knowledgeable about their gear and match you to what you actually need (not just the priciest items).
Lill Street offers classes in a variety of arts but you can just stop in and shop the pottery and contemporary jewelry created by Lill Street folks. There are 3 gallery spaces to check out. First Slice has an outpost here too so have a slice of pie!
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LILLSTREET Art Center
4401 North Ravenswood Avenue
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Lill Street offers classes in a variety of arts but you can just stop in and shop the pottery and contemporary jewelry created by Lill Street folks. There are 3 gallery spaces to check out. First Slice has an outpost here too so have a slice of pie!
This is a fabulous vintage & antique store in Andersonville offering great deals on vintage furniture. Small but not overstuffed with merchandise. They also have antique treasures & knick-knacks. New stuff 3x a week!
Mercantile M
5409 1/2 N Clark St
This is a fabulous vintage & antique store in Andersonville offering great deals on vintage furniture. Small but not overstuffed with merchandise. They also have antique treasures & knick-knacks. New stuff 3x a week!
This relatively new spot in Andersonville is a museum of cool. LOTS of records, lovely paintings, posters, photographs, speakers, coasters, frames & T-shirts. Pricing is not for the timid.
Transistor
5224 N Clark St
This relatively new spot in Andersonville is a museum of cool. LOTS of records, lovely paintings, posters, photographs, speakers, coasters, frames & T-shirts. Pricing is not for the timid.
This Andersonville toy store stocks unique specialty items that you may not find in Target or Walmart. They have toys for all ages & gift wrap for you. You can order a specific item by phone. They'll have it wrapped and ready when you come to pick it up! Staff are helpful in identifying toys for certain ages for us non-parents! Airbnb did not automatically provide their street address. It is 5311 N Clark Street.
Toys Et Cetera
5311 North Clark Street
This Andersonville toy store stocks unique specialty items that you may not find in Target or Walmart. They have toys for all ages & gift wrap for you. You can order a specific item by phone. They'll have it wrapped and ready when you come to pick it up! Staff are helpful in identifying toys for certain ages for us non-parents! Airbnb did not automatically provide their street address. It is 5311 N Clark Street.
Magic Inc. is the oldest, continuously family-run magic shop in North America, and is frequented by amateurs and pros alike. If you go see a show at the Chicago Magic Lounge and get the magic bug, you can come here and buy a trick or purchase a book about magic. Staffed by professional, knowledgeable magicians who know their stuff. They are fully stocked with tricks, books, and videos from rank beginner to professional. Staff will often perform tricks for customers (with the intent of encouraging them to buy that or a similar trick, I am sure, but it is clear that they just love doing magic tricks).
Magic Inc.
1838 West Lawrence Avenue
Magic Inc. is the oldest, continuously family-run magic shop in North America, and is frequented by amateurs and pros alike. If you go see a show at the Chicago Magic Lounge and get the magic bug, you can come here and buy a trick or purchase a book about magic. Staffed by professional, knowledgeable magicians who know their stuff. They are fully stocked with tricks, books, and videos from rank beginner to professional. Staff will often perform tricks for customers (with the intent of encouraging them to buy that or a similar trick, I am sure, but it is clear that they just love doing magic tricks).