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Guidebook for Chicago

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Guidebook for Chicago

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Restaurant, bar and one of the largest patios in Chicago. Park & Field has over 6,000 square feet of bonfire pits, bocce ball courts, and outdoor seating.
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Park & Field
3509 W Fullerton Ave
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Restaurant, bar and one of the largest patios in Chicago. Park & Field has over 6,000 square feet of bonfire pits, bocce ball courts, and outdoor seating.
Creative sandwiches, draft cocktails, beer & boozy milkshakes offered in modern, airy digs.
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Wyler Road
3581 West Belden Avenue
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Creative sandwiches, draft cocktails, beer & boozy milkshakes offered in modern, airy digs.
Our go-to Mexican restaurant when we are too busy to make dinner.
El Pacifico
3534 West Fullerton Avenue
Our go-to Mexican restaurant when we are too busy to make dinner.
Custom roasted coffee, savory biscuits, and of course PIE! Small interior and large outdoor space with picnic tables and fruit trees.
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Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
2051 North California Avenue
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Custom roasted coffee, savory biscuits, and of course PIE! Small interior and large outdoor space with picnic tables and fruit trees.
Romantic, Latin-inspired steakhouse & wine bar, also offering seafood dishes, cocktails & beer.
Penumbra Restaurant & Wine Bar
3309 W Fullerton Ave
Romantic, Latin-inspired steakhouse & wine bar, also offering seafood dishes, cocktails & beer.
Relaxed, counter-serve, BYOB operation preparing down-home Puerto Rican bites to eat in or take out. Try the jibarito - a sandwich made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread, garlic-flavored mayonnaise, and a filling that typically includes meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Yum.
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Jibaritos y Mas
3400 W Fullerton Ave
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Relaxed, counter-serve, BYOB operation preparing down-home Puerto Rican bites to eat in or take out. Try the jibarito - a sandwich made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread, garlic-flavored mayonnaise, and a filling that typically includes meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Yum.
Offers farm-to-table American fare for breakfast and lunch, including country bread, quiche, and egg dishes, plus a three-course prix fixe weekend dinner menu. The rustic, BYOB restaurant boasts a relaxed, communal vibe with wooden plank floors and an exposed kitchen. Reservations accepted for dinner services on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Cellar Door Provisions
3025 West Diversey Avenue
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Offers farm-to-table American fare for breakfast and lunch, including country bread, quiche, and egg dishes, plus a three-course prix fixe weekend dinner menu. The rustic, BYOB restaurant boasts a relaxed, communal vibe with wooden plank floors and an exposed kitchen. Reservations accepted for dinner services on Friday and Saturday evenings.
You won’t find any meat here. But even carnivores will love The Chicago Diner. Accompany your vegetarian or vegan breakfast, brunch or lunch with one of the diner’s renowned vegan milkshakes and you’ll be wondering when you can come back for a second visit. Get the Reuben.
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The Chicago Diner, Logan Square
2333 North Milwaukee Avenue
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You won’t find any meat here. But even carnivores will love The Chicago Diner. Accompany your vegetarian or vegan breakfast, brunch or lunch with one of the diner’s renowned vegan milkshakes and you’ll be wondering when you can come back for a second visit. Get the Reuben.
Indian restaurant with a large variety of chai teas. You can order at the counter for a quick bite, or sit down in the back and be waited on. Love the chai!
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Chiya Chai Cafe
2770 N Milwaukee Ave
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Indian restaurant with a large variety of chai teas. You can order at the counter for a quick bite, or sit down in the back and be waited on. Love the chai!
When we moved here 20 some years ago, Lula was our first foray into the neighborhood. Old couches and coffee, we loved it, and ended up making Logan Square our home. It's come a long way. Upscale, doubled in size, wonderful food and drinks, and history.
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Lula Café
2537 North Kedzie Avenue
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When we moved here 20 some years ago, Lula was our first foray into the neighborhood. Old couches and coffee, we loved it, and ended up making Logan Square our home. It's come a long way. Upscale, doubled in size, wonderful food and drinks, and history.
Hipster spot with modern farm-to-table fare & nose-to-tail eats plus whiskey & craft cocktails.
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Longman & Eagle
2657 North Kedzie Avenue
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Hipster spot with modern farm-to-table fare & nose-to-tail eats plus whiskey & craft cocktails.
Contemporary cantina offering modern Mexican fare & gourmet tacos plus huge artisanal tequila menu.
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Masa Azul
2901 West Diversey Avenue
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Contemporary cantina offering modern Mexican fare & gourmet tacos plus huge artisanal tequila menu.
Wood-fired pizza, bagels & pasta in a casual, loft-like space with a bar for pastries & alcohol. Open in the morning for coffee and bagel sandwiches through evening.
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Reno
2607 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Wood-fired pizza, bagels & pasta in a casual, loft-like space with a bar for pastries & alcohol. Open in the morning for coffee and bagel sandwiches through evening.
French bakery & café with specialty breads, sweet & savory crepes, quiches, sandwiches & pastries.
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La Boulangerie
3129 W Logan Blvd
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French bakery & café with specialty breads, sweet & savory crepes, quiches, sandwiches & pastries.
High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.
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Intelligentsia Coffee - Logan Square
2642 North Milwaukee Avenue
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High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.
This chill coffeehouse with java & sandwiches has colorful floors, exposed-brick walls & artwork.
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New Wave Coffee
2557 North Milwaukee Avenue
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This chill coffeehouse with java & sandwiches has colorful floors, exposed-brick walls & artwork.
Hip, shabby-chic coffee house featuring a changing roster of house-roasted java plus tea & pastries.
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Gaslight Coffee Roasters
2385 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Hip, shabby-chic coffee house featuring a changing roster of house-roasted java plus tea & pastries.
Storefront cafe serving proprietary coffee, caffeinated mocktails & locally made pastries.
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Passion House Coffee Roasters
2631 N Kedzie Ave
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Storefront cafe serving proprietary coffee, caffeinated mocktails & locally made pastries.
Espresso, drip & pour-over coffees plus tea & local baked goods served in a modern industrial space.
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Damn Fine Coffee Bar
3317 W Armitage Ave
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Espresso, drip & pour-over coffees plus tea & local baked goods served in a modern industrial space.
Trendy cafe serving mostly Latin fusion food (& some American breakfast items) plus coffee.
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Cafe Con Leche
2714 N Milwaukee Ave
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Trendy cafe serving mostly Latin fusion food (& some American breakfast items) plus coffee.
Bustling diner serving breakfast, sandwiches & comfort-food entrees in casual digs since 1977. Get there early (6-9 am) for the early bird specials!
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Cozy Corner Restaurant and Pancake House
2294 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Bustling diner serving breakfast, sandwiches & comfort-food entrees in casual digs since 1977. Get there early (6-9 am) for the early bird specials!
Drinks & Nightlife
Corner bar serving up a range of craft beers & beer cocktails in a low-lit space with a tin ceiling.
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The Double Urban Tavern
3545 West Fullerton Avenue
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Corner bar serving up a range of craft beers & beer cocktails in a low-lit space with a tin ceiling.
Cocktail bar is a standout with throwback decor and easily some of Chicago's best drinks in the heart of Logan Square.
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Billy Sunday
3143 West Logan Boulevard
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Cocktail bar is a standout with throwback decor and easily some of Chicago's best drinks in the heart of Logan Square.
A stylish tropical oasis-meets-flotsam strewn island hut, Lost Lake evokes both the glamorous tropical escapism of 1930s Hollywood and the rugged nautical, island aesthetic of the world's first tiki bar — the original Don’s Beachcomber Cafe.
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Lost Lake
3154 West Diversey Avenue
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A stylish tropical oasis-meets-flotsam strewn island hut, Lost Lake evokes both the glamorous tropical escapism of 1930s Hollywood and the rugged nautical, island aesthetic of the world's first tiki bar — the original Don’s Beachcomber Cafe.
The Revolution Brewpub, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, is a gathering place for our diverse community and for beer devotees who come to visit from all over the globe. You can grab a spot at the bar, for some excellent one-off brews that are only available at Revolution. Or you can get a table and taste some of the fantastic dishes served up by the brewpub team.
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Revolution Brewing - Brewpub
2323 North Milwaukee Avenue
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The Revolution Brewpub, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, is a gathering place for our diverse community and for beer devotees who come to visit from all over the globe. You can grab a spot at the bar, for some excellent one-off brews that are only available at Revolution. Or you can get a table and taste some of the fantastic dishes served up by the brewpub team.
Scofflaw is a gin-focused cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A rebellious mix of the baroque and affordable, Scofflaw brings together a diverse array of drinkers for beautifully crafted cocktails, craft beer and small plates that go well beyond “bar food.” Whether enjoying dinner and cocktails in the Victorian-style salon, grabbing a barstool for a shot and a beer or brunching on the patio, you’ll be treated to warm service and a familiar fun vibe—not to mention fresh baked cookies at midnight.
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Scofflaw
3201 West Armitage Avenue
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Scofflaw is a gin-focused cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A rebellious mix of the baroque and affordable, Scofflaw brings together a diverse array of drinkers for beautifully crafted cocktails, craft beer and small plates that go well beyond “bar food.” Whether enjoying dinner and cocktails in the Victorian-style salon, grabbing a barstool for a shot and a beer or brunching on the patio, you’ll be treated to warm service and a familiar fun vibe—not to mention fresh baked cookies at midnight.
Chill hangout with vintage arcade games & pinball machines, plus a full bar with many beers on tap.
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Logan Arcade
2410 West Fullerton Avenue
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Chill hangout with vintage arcade games & pinball machines, plus a full bar with many beers on tap.
Trendy yet laid-back bar featuring creative cocktails plus DJs or live music nightly with no cover.
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The Whistler
2421 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Trendy yet laid-back bar featuring creative cocktails plus DJs or live music nightly with no cover.
Coffee by day, nightclub in the evening.
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Estereo
2450 N Milwaukee Ave
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Coffee by day, nightclub in the evening.
Entertainment & Activities
Decades of games, dozens of beers & 60-plus whiskeys in a loft-like setting with vaulted ceiling.
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Emporium Logan Square
2363 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Decades of games, dozens of beers & 60-plus whiskeys in a loft-like setting with vaulted ceiling.
Renovations to The Logan Theater revealed stunning details of the original design and architecture that were obscured under decades of plaster. Fully restored stained glass arch over the Theatre's entrance, refurbished marble walls, and a decorative relief panel dating back to the Theatre's elegant 1915 interior. The full bar and lounge is open late and serves a range of drinks. Monday night is open mic night.
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The Logan Theatre
2646 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Renovations to The Logan Theater revealed stunning details of the original design and architecture that were obscured under decades of plaster. Fully restored stained glass arch over the Theatre's entrance, refurbished marble walls, and a decorative relief panel dating back to the Theatre's elegant 1915 interior. The full bar and lounge is open late and serves a range of drinks. Monday night is open mic night.
Offers tours of haunted spots, legendary mob crime spots and more weird stuff. Other companies to consider – Chicago Detours and Untouchable Tours.
Weird Chicago Tours
600 N Clark St
Offers tours of haunted spots, legendary mob crime spots and more weird stuff. Other companies to consider – Chicago Detours and Untouchable Tours.
Everything Else
Sunday mornings through early afternoon. Not only will you find produce and plants, but also local restaurants set up shop for lunch items and sweets. Bakers, soap makers, meats, mushrooms, cheeses. Entertainment and people watching. It's a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.
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Logan Square Farmers Market
2363 North Milwaukee Avenue
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Sunday mornings through early afternoon. Not only will you find produce and plants, but also local restaurants set up shop for lunch items and sweets. Bakers, soap makers, meats, mushrooms, cheeses. Entertainment and people watching. It's a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.
Sightseeing
Seeing the city from the Chicago River is one of my favorite ways to view it.
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Chicago Architecture Center
111 South Michigan Avenue
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Seeing the city from the Chicago River is one of my favorite ways to view it.
Call it adventure sightseeing! Take a kayak down the Chicago River and into the city for some great views and a lot of fun. Best at nighttime when the city is lit up.
Kayak Chicago
1501 North Magnolia Avenue
Call it adventure sightseeing! Take a kayak down the Chicago River and into the city for some great views and a lot of fun. Best at nighttime when the city is lit up.
Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.
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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
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Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.
Getting Around
For $9 a day, you can travel from North Avenue (the Sheffield stop) down to Chinatown, making stops along the way. Be sure to get out and walk the Chicago Riverwalk, stopping as the mood strikes for food and drink.
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Chicago Water Taxi
400 North Michigan Avenue
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For $9 a day, you can travel from North Avenue (the Sheffield stop) down to Chinatown, making stops along the way. Be sure to get out and walk the Chicago Riverwalk, stopping as the mood strikes for food and drink.
Parks & Nature
Humboldt Park has a sprawling 219 acres, a boathouse, inland beach and historic lagoons. Great for walking, running, biking, relaxing, bird watching, turtle watching . . .
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Humboldt Park
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Humboldt Park has a sprawling 219 acres, a boathouse, inland beach and historic lagoons. Great for walking, running, biking, relaxing, bird watching, turtle watching . . .
The lakefront is a favorite Chicago hang out. You can go due east on the Fullerton bus to get there, which would require a little walking from Sheffield to the lake, passing the free Lincoln Park Zoo on the way. Or continue onto the Brown Line and go to Buckingham Fountain, close to The Art Institute, Grant Park and the Museum Campus.
The Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake
2401 N Lake Shore Dr
The lakefront is a favorite Chicago hang out. You can go due east on the Fullerton bus to get there, which would require a little walking from Sheffield to the lake, passing the free Lincoln Park Zoo on the way. Or continue onto the Brown Line and go to Buckingham Fountain, close to The Art Institute, Grant Park and the Museum Campus.
Great for running, biking, walking, getting from here to there. It was an old rail line that was transformed into an above ground park, connecting neighbors from Ridgeway to Ashland. 2.7 miles in length.
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The 606
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Great for running, biking, walking, getting from here to there. It was an old rail line that was transformed into an above ground park, connecting neighbors from Ridgeway to Ashland. 2.7 miles in length.
A quiet park with a playground for kids, and a running/walking path.
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Palmer Square
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A quiet park with a playground for kids, and a running/walking path.