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Our Neighborhood Favorites

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Our Neighborhood Favorites

Cocktails & Bars
Enjoy a cocktail & terrific view of the city from The Robey’s lounge or rooftop pool (*there is a separate fee to use pool).
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The Up Room
2018 W North Ave
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Enjoy a cocktail & terrific view of the city from The Robey’s lounge or rooftop pool (*there is a separate fee to use pool).
Local’s watering hole, a low-key & lovable dive bar. On Tuesday nights expect Irish folk jam sessions to break out in the back (lot of fiddlers!). Cash only.
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Innertown Pub
1935 West Thomas Street
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Local’s watering hole, a low-key & lovable dive bar. On Tuesday nights expect Irish folk jam sessions to break out in the back (lot of fiddlers!). Cash only.
Inventive craft cocktails in laidback setting, great if you prefer drinks on the drier side
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Queen Mary
2125 W Division St
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Inventive craft cocktails in laidback setting, great if you prefer drinks on the drier side
Award-winning high-end cocktails. No jeans or mobile phone convos allowed.
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The Violet Hour
1520 North Damen Avenue
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Award-winning high-end cocktails. No jeans or mobile phone convos allowed.
Sample small (or large) pours of a selection of wines at various price points.
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Joe's Wine Cellar
2108 West Division Street
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Sample small (or large) pours of a selection of wines at various price points.
Legendary Wicker Park dive bar. Cash only.
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Rainbo Club
1150 North Damen Avenue
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Legendary Wicker Park dive bar. Cash only.
Rotating selection of over 30 craft beers on tap, and whiskey. Great sausages too.
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Bangers and Lace
1670 West Division Street
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Rotating selection of over 30 craft beers on tap, and whiskey. Great sausages too.
Small speakeasy with good cocktails and occasional live entertainment. Dark & cozy.
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Bordel
1721 West Division Street
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Small speakeasy with good cocktails and occasional live entertainment. Dark & cozy.
Food scene
Forget touristy Portillo's, VinnyD's has great Vienna beef Chicago hotdogs, Maxwell Street Polish sausage, gelato, and Italian beef sandwiches. And yes, you must try the beef with giardiniera).
VinnyD's
1709 W Division St
Forget touristy Portillo's, VinnyD's has great Vienna beef Chicago hotdogs, Maxwell Street Polish sausage, gelato, and Italian beef sandwiches. And yes, you must try the beef with giardiniera).
Shareable plates inspired by Asian street food
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Mott St
1401 North Ashland Avenue
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Shareable plates inspired by Asian street food
Delicious world flavor dishes for sharing. Gorgeous decor!
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Beatnik - West Town
1604 W Chicago Ave
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Delicious world flavor dishes for sharing. Gorgeous decor!
Handmade fresh pastas!
Tortello
1746 W Division St
Handmade fresh pastas!
Spanish tapas, paellas, and jamon! Everything you need for a light (or large) meal.
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Black Bull
1721 West Division Street
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Spanish tapas, paellas, and jamon! Everything you need for a light (or large) meal.
E-saan style Thai street food. Crispy chicken is my fave. It’s ok to use your hands for the sticky rice! BYOB.
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JJ Thai Street Food
1715 W Chicago Ave
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E-saan style Thai street food. Crispy chicken is my fave. It’s ok to use your hands for the sticky rice! BYOB.
Casual & perfectly executed with a German influence.
Funkenhausen
1709 W Chicago Ave
Casual & perfectly executed with a German influence.
Delicious Indian-English pub food with large rotating beer selection on tap
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Pub Royale
2049 West Division Street
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Delicious Indian-English pub food with large rotating beer selection on tap
Easily one of the best Turkish restaurants in the city. Their Iskender kabob takes us right back to our time in Turkey!
Cafe Istanbul
2014 West Division Street
Easily one of the best Turkish restaurants in the city. Their Iskender kabob takes us right back to our time in Turkey!
Enjoy a cocktail on their beautiful summer patio before going somewhere for dinner.
Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink
1846 W Division St
Enjoy a cocktail on their beautiful summer patio before going somewhere for dinner.
A Wicker Park favorite for tacos & large patio space. There is a takeout window if you need tacos on-the-go.
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Big Star
1531 North Damen Avenue
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A Wicker Park favorite for tacos & large patio space. There is a takeout window if you need tacos on-the-go.
One of the best taco places in the city
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Antique Taco Wicker Park
1360 North Milwaukee Avenue
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One of the best taco places in the city
Low-key place for street food tacos. One of our faves! Cash only.
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Taqueria Traspasada 2
811 North Ashland Avenue
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Low-key place for street food tacos. One of our faves! Cash only.
Casual with outstanding steaks that rival the fancy Downtown/River North steakhouses.
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Boeufhaus
1012 North Western Avenue
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Casual with outstanding steaks that rival the fancy Downtown/River North steakhouses.
Tasty pintxos & Basque cuisine
Bar Biscay
1450 W Chicago Ave
Tasty pintxos & Basque cuisine
A Chicago BBQ fave
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Smoke Daddy BBQ - Wicker Park
1804 West Division Street
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A Chicago BBQ fave
For a taste of Buenos Aires
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Folklore | Argentine Restaurant
2100 W Division St
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For a taste of Buenos Aires
Sushi & robata. The lunch specials are a bargain!
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Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill
1751 West Chicago Avenue
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Sushi & robata. The lunch specials are a bargain!
Inventive gelato flavors
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Black Dog Gelato
859 North Damen Avenue
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Inventive gelato flavors
Homecooked Polish comfort food. Low-key, casual, and deliciously authentic. Cash only.
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Podhalanka
1549 W Division St
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Homecooked Polish comfort food. Low-key, casual, and deliciously authentic. Cash only.
Sandwiches, cheeses, cocktails, & the best baguettes in the city (we buy all our baguettes here, bread & pastries by Aya Fukai)! Very limited seating.
All Together Now
2119 W Chicago Ave
Sandwiches, cheeses, cocktails, & the best baguettes in the city (we buy all our baguettes here, bread & pastries by Aya Fukai)! Very limited seating.
Au Cheval took Chicago by storm with its craveable burgers & fries. Small Cheval satisfies those cravings by serving only their burgers & fries.
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Small Cheval
1732 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Au Cheval took Chicago by storm with its craveable burgers & fries. Small Cheval satisfies those cravings by serving only their burgers & fries.
Modern Korean cuisine with a cultish following. Their tasting menu is a steal!
Jeong
1460 W Chicago Ave
Modern Korean cuisine with a cultish following. Their tasting menu is a steal!
Concepted by the award-winning team behind The Publican, and inspired by seaside summers in Bretagne.
Café Cancale
1576 North Milwaukee Avenue
Concepted by the award-winning team behind The Publican, and inspired by seaside summers in Bretagne.
For all you lovers of Mexican seafood dishes.
Mariscos La Costa 2
1132 N Ashland Ave
For all you lovers of Mexican seafood dishes.
Lao Peng You for amazing dumplings, noodles, and more. It's apparently too new for Airbnb to allow me to add it to the guidebook, so just know that 2020 w Chicago Ave is the address. Other info is on google.
2020 W Chicago Ave
2020 West Chicago Avenue
Lao Peng You for amazing dumplings, noodles, and more. It's apparently too new for Airbnb to allow me to add it to the guidebook, so just know that 2020 w Chicago Ave is the address. Other info is on google.
Really tasty Nashville hot fried chicken. Location isn't showing on this Airbnb map but it's at: 1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642.
Fry the Coop
1529 W Chicago Ave
Really tasty Nashville hot fried chicken. Location isn't showing on this Airbnb map but it's at: 1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642.
Another winning effort from the Beatnik & Black Bull team. More Iberian fare, this time focusing on Portugal's coastal flavors.
PORTO
1600 W Chicago Ave
Another winning effort from the Beatnik & Black Bull team. More Iberian fare, this time focusing on Portugal's coastal flavors.
There's only 1 menu item I recommend here but it's perfection: the mozzarella sticks. Wonderful!
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Roots Handmade Pizza- West Town
1924 West Chicago Avenue
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There's only 1 menu item I recommend here but it's perfection: the mozzarella sticks. Wonderful!
Phodega is another place too new for Airbnb. Very small menu, but great Vietnamese soup.
1547 N Ashland Ave
1547 North Ashland Avenue
Phodega is another place too new for Airbnb. Very small menu, but great Vietnamese soup.
Grocery & Liquor Stores
Great small selection of fresh items & craft beer by the bottle
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Garden Gourmet Market
1130 North Ashland Avenue
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Great small selection of fresh items & craft beer by the bottle
Mexican grocery & taco/torta/burrito counter (great tortas!)
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Carnicerias Guanajuato
1436 North Ashland Avenue
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Mexican grocery & taco/torta/burrito counter (great tortas!)
Small retail space but solid wine selection--they curate wines primarily in the $22-$40 range and do a darn good job of it. On the other side of the space they have a small wine-and-cheese plate space to relax as well.
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Lush Wine & Spirits West Town
1412 West Chicago Avenue
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Small retail space but solid wine selection--they curate wines primarily in the $22-$40 range and do a darn good job of it. On the other side of the space they have a small wine-and-cheese plate space to relax as well.
Supermarket. Worth a walk over just to get a bottle of the Mariano's brand fresh-squeezed orange juice. It's addictive!
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Mariano's
2021 West Chicago Avenue
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Supermarket. Worth a walk over just to get a bottle of the Mariano's brand fresh-squeezed orange juice. It's addictive!
Nice selection of wine & spirits. There are two locations in Wicker Park, but for some reason this guidebook won't allow me to enter the location of the closer store. It is at Milwaukee Ave & Hermitage Ave!
Garfield's Beverage Express
1704 N Milwaukee Ave
Nice selection of wine & spirits. There are two locations in Wicker Park, but for some reason this guidebook won't allow me to enter the location of the closer store. It is at Milwaukee Ave & Hermitage Ave!
The Jewel-Osco at 1341 N Paulina St. is the closest supermarket to the house, open 24/7. Grocery stores in Illinois are allowed to sell alcohol (located on second floor at this store).
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Jewel-Osco
1341 North Paulina Street
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The Jewel-Osco at 1341 N Paulina St. is the closest supermarket to the house, open 24/7. Grocery stores in Illinois are allowed to sell alcohol (located on second floor at this store).
Convenience Stores & Pharmacies
Smaller selection of goods but well represented. Also has a small grocery section. This is the closest place to grab the basics.
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Target
1664 W Division St
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Smaller selection of goods but well represented. Also has a small grocery section. This is the closest place to grab the basics.
There are two locations close by, this one at 1372 N Milwaukee Ave and another one at 1650 W Chicago Ave.
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Walgreens
1372 North Milwaukee Avenue
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There are two locations close by, this one at 1372 N Milwaukee Ave and another one at 1650 W Chicago Ave.
conveniently located next to the Blue Line "El" station.
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CVS
1200 North Ashland Avenue
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conveniently located next to the Blue Line "El" station.
Coffee Shops / Cafés
The closest place to run out and grab a good cup of coffee.
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Caffè Streets
1750 West Division Street
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The closest place to run out and grab a good cup of coffee.
Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, tea, coffee, & more! They also have a quiet indoor space separate from the bakery if you need a remote workspace.
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Alliance Bakery
1736 W Division St
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Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, tea, coffee, & more! They also have a quiet indoor space separate from the bakery if you need a remote workspace.
A Milwaukee based coffee roaster.
Colectivo Coffee - Wicker Park
1211 N Damen Ave
A Milwaukee based coffee roaster.
A San Fransisco based coffee roster.
Philz Coffee
1642 W Division St
A San Fransisco based coffee roster.
Coffee shop / record shop.
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Purple Llama
2140 W Division St
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Coffee shop / record shop.
Coffee shop / bookstore.
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Volumes Bookcafe
1474 N Milwaukee Ave
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Coffee shop / bookstore.
Entertainment
Theatre that features great local & regional productions. They also have comedy & various other events throughout the week.
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The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave
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Theatre that features great local & regional productions. They also have comedy & various other events throughout the week.
An independent theatre and mainstay in the area. Check out Block Club Chicago's wonderful article on this theatre's history headlined, "100 Years In Wicker Park: The Chopin Theatre’s Revival Brought Elegance To Gritty Polish Triangle"
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Chopin Theatre
1543 West Division Street
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An independent theatre and mainstay in the area. Check out Block Club Chicago's wonderful article on this theatre's history headlined, "100 Years In Wicker Park: The Chopin Theatre’s Revival Brought Elegance To Gritty Polish Triangle"
Longstanding, classic piano bar that has stood the test of time.
Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret
1383 North Milwaukee Avenue
Longstanding, classic piano bar that has stood the test of time.
Get your game on--retro arcade game, that is. Relive your childhood with a drink & play arcade games to your hearts content.
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Emporium Wicker Park
1366 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Get your game on--retro arcade game, that is. Relive your childhood with a drink & play arcade games to your hearts content.
Escape Artistry runs two escape room challenges in the area, both on Milwaukee Ave. Break a mental sweat and make some new friends!
Escape Artistry - Time Gallery
1342 N Milwaukee Ave
Escape Artistry runs two escape room challenges in the area, both on Milwaukee Ave. Break a mental sweat and make some new friends!
Legendary Chicago music venue/dive bar. Shows or other events almost every night. Cash only.
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The Hideout
1354 West Wabansia Avenue
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Legendary Chicago music venue/dive bar. Shows or other events almost every night. Cash only.
Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.
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The Empty Bottle
1035 North Western Avenue
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Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.
Spas
A Russian style bath house that offers saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, & massages with men's, women's, and co-ed areas . Far from fancy but good for a mid-week breather without feeling like you've overindulged.
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Red Square Spa
1914 West Division Street
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A Russian style bath house that offers saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, & massages with men's, women's, and co-ed areas . Far from fancy but good for a mid-week breather without feeling like you've overindulged.