Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods with wonderful restaurants, great shopping and home to some of the best theater in the city.
Armitage Avenue is a great place to start. Here you will find:
Butcher and The Burger: Located at 1021 W. Armitage, this is a good casual, local’s spot for burgers including turkey, salmon and elk. Stop in after you walk the nearby stores.
Lori’s Shoes: At 824 W. Armitage, this is a great discount shoe store, which my friends rave about.
Tarantino’s: Located at 1112 W. Armitage, this is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant with great indoor as well as outdoor seating in the summer. The smoked chicken pasta dish is really good.
Tabula Tua: A great store for table top and home accessories. It is at 1015 W. Armitage.
Sai Café at 2010 N Sheffield: A favorite sushi restaurant of many locals with great fresh items.
Further south along Halsted is:
Alinea: If you can get in, make sure to try Alinea. Grant Achatz is an El Bulli trained chef and his restaurant is considered to be one of the best in the US. It is located at 1723 N. Halsted.
Trattoria Gianni: A small neighborhood trattoria near the Steppenwolf, at 1711 N. Halsted, that is always good. The new outdoor seating to the north is perfect during the Summer.
Vinci Restaurant: A long-time locals favorite for Italian, if Alinea is not in your budget. 1732 N. Halsted.
Steppenwolf Theater: Try to see a performance of this Tony Award winning regional theater at 1650 N. Halsted. Recently it sent August: Osage County to New York which won the Tony for best play. Superior Donuts was another recent success that went to NYC.
North of the Steppenwolf is the Roger Brown Study Collection. Roger Brown was a well-known Chicago artist and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After his death he gave his collection and home to the school. The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is a house museum, study collection, and archive, located off campus, an 1888 storefront building. The RBSC is an intimate collection with an very large range of objects, including works by Chicago Imagists and other contemporary artists, self-taught artists, folk and tribal art from many cultures, objects from material and popular culture, costumes, textiles, furniture, travel souvenirs, and other things Brown surrounded himself with for artistic inspiration. The RBSC offers an in-depth contemplation of objects and collections, and serves as a laboratory for art historical, curatorial, and preservation studies. You can schedule a tour at 773-929-2452. 1926 N. Halsted.
Twin Anchors: Located at 1655 N. Sedgwick, since 1932, it is known for its great burgers and ribs. A favorite spot of Frank Sinatra’s, his music is still available on the juke box. A great place to go on a cold Chicago night. Scotch and Frank Sinatra is the best.
North of Armitage is Webster Avenue. After covering Armitage Avenue walk two blocks north to Webster. Here you will find John’s Place at 1200 W. Webster, which is a local’s favorite for breakfast (the smoked salmon scramble and the pumpkin pancakes are wonderful), lunch and dinner.
At 1119 W. Webster is Range, the newly opened restaurant featured locally-sourced farm-raised American fare. It has an attractive, comfortable decor without TVs as many of the neighborhood spots now have.
Rickshaw Republic: At 2312 N. Lincoln, just north of Belden, is one of the first Indonesian and Malaysian restaurants in Chicago. The décor is stunning and the food awesome. The combination plates are the best.
2 Sparrows: A restaurant that’s great for breakfast or lunch at 533 W. Diversey Parkway.
TimeLine Theatre: Located on Wellington and Broadway, this is a theater company that continually gets great reviews for its productions. I have seen four plays in the last two years and the quality is really outstanding! Near the theater, is Bar Pastoral, the cheese and wine bistro.
Café 5411 Gourmet Empanadas: A fun, casual spot serving some great Argentinian empanadas. At 2850 N. Clark.
North Pond Cafe: Chef Bruce Sherman received the James Beard Award for Best Chef Great Lakes 2012. This is a wonderful restaurant in a perfect setting, overlooking the lagoon in Lincoln Park, in an Arts and Crafts style building. The menu reflects and supports local farmers. Great in the evening but perfect for Sunday brunch when you can see the great views of the Chicago skyline. 2610 N. Cannon Drive.
A short walk from North Pond is the traditional French Bistro, Mon Ami Gabi at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. It is a neighborhood favorite. The outdoor dining area in the summer is a highlight.
The Hotel Lincoln: Recently opened, this is a good alternative to Loop, Michigan Avenue and Gold Coast Hotels. It is directly across from the Lincoln Park Zoo, near the Chicago History Museum and with a good restaurant, Perennial Virant, that is perfect for brunch, and a local coffee bar on the first floor. The rooftop bar, is one of the most popular in the city. You can also easily walk to restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
Green City Market: Located in Lincoln Park on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer months. This is a fun spot to buy local produce, have a bite from a local cart, listen to music or attend a cooking demonstration. In the winter it moves to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Peasantry: Billed as offering “elevated street food”, this is a casual Lincoln Park restaurant at 2723 N. Clark. They offer a good selection of starts, soups and salads, flatbreads, burgers, gyros, sausages and pasta. The lamb burger is really good!!
Ricardo Trattoria at 2119 N. Clark Street, is a favorite for authentic Italian specialties. It has been featured in the Chicago Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand since 2011. According to Michelin, “chef/owner Riccardo Michi’s family is best known for its swanky Bice restaurants. When Michi opened his own spot he brought the family know-how, but put his name on the door. The result is a casual, Italian-style trattoria, perfect for either date night or a group dinner”.
Across the street at 2116 N. Clark is his new, casual Ricardo Enoteca, or wine bar, that offers great wines, pastas, pizzas, salads and other meat and seafood items. The warm, contemporary atmosphere is a perfect addition to the neighborhood.