Restaurants

5 Chicago Restaurants to Visit Now

Chicago’s food scene is as vibrant as ever, with new restaurants opening and old favorites thriving. Let’s take a look at some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants to visit now, across our city’s neighborhoods…

 

Bookmark these 5 trending Chicago restaurants:

 

Clever Rabbit

Clever Rabbit is located at 2015 W. Division in Wicker Park.

 

Booth One

Booth One is located at 1301 N. State Street in Gold Coast.

 

Tied House

Tied One is located at 3157 N. Southport in Lakeview.

 

S.K.Y.

S.K.Y. is located at 1239 W. 18th Street in Pilsen.

 

Gideon Sweet

Gideon Sweet is located at 841 W. Randolph in West Loop.

 

 

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Lifestyle, Neighborhood Guide

How to Spend a Day on Broadway

Lakeview is a beloved north side neighborhood that’s home to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and longtime institutions. The neighborhood itself is one of Chicago’s more sprawling and culturally diverse, so here we’ll focus on Lakeview East — and more specifically: Broadway Street. Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a visitor, there are plenty of options on its main street (Broadway) to get a local taste of Lakeview, from day to night. Here we’ve outlined a dozen of our favorite spots along Broadway, from Diversey to Addison.

 

Bookmark these 12 destinations along Broadway…

 

Maison Marcel

Start your day at Maison Marcel, where you can find French pastries, coffee, and boho-inspired decor.  (Maison Marcel, 3114 N. Broadway)

Lakeview Athletic Club

Work up a sweat at Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), equipped with studio classes and a rooftop pool for summer months.  (Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 N. Broadway)

Ingmar James

Stop by Ingmar James salon for a little pampering, from a fresh cut to master coloring.  (Ingmar James, 3255 N. Broadway)

Mortar and Pestle

Enjoy a top-rated brunch at Mortar and Pestle, where you can find a quality menu of breakfast and lunch fare.  (Mortar and Pestle, 3108 N. Broadway)

Unabridged Bookstore

Pop in Unabridged Bookstore for a literary experience, offering a range of books for all ages and interests.  (Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway)

The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Visit The Coffee & Tea Exchange to discover a variety of specialty coffee and teas, a neighborhood staple since 1975.  (The Coffee & Tea Exchange, 3311 N. Broadway)

Vanille Patisserie

Indulge your sweet tooth at Vanille Patisserie, where you’ll find dessert pastries, tartes, cakes, macarons, and more.  (Vanille, 3243 N. Broadway)

Reckless Records

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records has been a destination for music aficionados across genres.  (Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway)

wineHouse

wineHouse offers an inviting setting for wine tastings, special events, joining a wine club, and picking up a bottle for your favorite BYOB spot.  (wineHouse, 3164 N. Broadway)

Wakamono

Dine at Wakamono, a Lakeview favorite for sushi and Japanese fare — plus it’s BYOB.  (Wakamono, 3313 N. Broadway)

Laugh Factory

Hit up a show at Laugh Factory, one of the best and most popular comedy clubs in Chicago.  (Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway)

DryHop

Enjoy a night cap at DryHop, a hip local Lakeview brewery and restaurant.  (DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway)

 

Have you visited Lakeview lately? Tell us your favorite spots along Broadway!

 

 

 

Feature image: Jess Keys by Jules Kennedy

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Bars

5 Best Irish Bars in Chicago

Indulge in the Irish holiday and get out to your local pub! St. Patrick’s day is the world’s best excuse to drink a little too much beer and spend the day with you buddies. Feeling stuck? Go on a pub crawl! There are plenty of options, so don’t limit yourself this weekend. 

1. O’Shaughnessy’s Public House – 4557 N Ravenswood Ave 

“A Ravenswood neighborhood hangout, open since April 2008, our authentic Irish pub is a comfortable place where everyone is welcome to relax, enjoy a great meal or refreshing drink and have a good time. We hope to see you soon! SLAINTE! O’Shaughnessy’s is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.” Call: 773-944-9896

2. Lady Gregory’s – 5260 N. Clark 

“Welcome to Lady Gregory’s! Named after the passionate, complex Irish author. We built her soul into our Andersonville nook and hope you stop by to experience our special spot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you in … whether you’re just walking by and feeling peckish or bringing your whole brood in for a night of food and fun, our cozy and sophisticated atmosphere will entice you. Our menu, filled with distinctive specialties, will comfort and delight you. And, you might be pleasantly surprised to see our emphasis on farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients.” Call: 773-271-5050

3. Brehon Pub – 731 N. Wells

 

“Brehon Pub in Chicago, IL has been a River North favorite since 1980. Deriving its name from the ancient Irish legal system (Brehon Law), it was started appropriately by two Irish-American brothers practicing law in Chicago. Look for the “Burke” coat-of-arms over the front door. We serve delicious food and alcoholic beverages to ensure that the merriment never stops. Don’t forget to join us for our famous St. Patrick’s Day Party!” Call: 312-642-1071

4. Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish Bistro – 3905 N. Lincoln

“Opening it’s doors in September 2005, in the heart of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro has been serving up gastro-pub fare with traditional Irish pub favorites, complemented by a thoughtful assortment of craft beers, a friendly wine list and a deep selection of Irish whiskey for more than 11 years.  As important as great food, music and drinks, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers the warm family welcome, that makes a great Irish pub. Join for us for the run up of St Patrick’s Starting March 1st with a Whiskey tasting and continuing through St Patrick’s Weekend. Plenty of Irish Music, Culture, Drinks and Pub Plates to go around!” Call: 773-248-3905

5. The Kerryman – 661 N. Clark Street

“Drenched in history, the Kerryman’s location was once a notorious gangster hangout known as the McGovern Saloon, where the young Dion O’Banion got his start as a singing waiter.  In 1978 the location became home to one of the “original” punk clubs and was considered to be the zenith of the original Chicago punk movement. Now known as Chicago’s liveliest Irish bar, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland.  The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland and the Head Chef Damo Moloney from Co. Limerick, Ireland who creates an upscale authentic Irish menu. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, an after work pint or late night dancing the staff at The Kerryman are here to make you feel welcome and at home.” Call: 312-355-8121

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