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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“Wonderful place for Sunday brunch. The menu has unique selections to choose from. Try the pumpkin waffles with ice cream. There is also live entertainment.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Intimate live music venue with a great sound system. Featuring musical performances from many genres. An Evanston favorite for sure. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Casual space for globally inspired comfort food & breakfast, with American folk-art decor.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Whether you drink alcohol or not, this is a place for delicious food and drinks with an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. I LOVE the brandy sour, I rarely drink but this is where I go if I do. “Delicious drink, nice food, expert staff and great ambiance!””
  • 18 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Union Pizza has terrific and simple food. Woodfired pizzas and small plates to share. It's very popular, so go early! There's music in the adjacent space--called SPACE. Check out their website for the performance schedule.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“Modern, window-filled bakery serving sweet & savory pies, sandwiches & drinks from Dollop Coffee Co.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Casual restaurant with on-site bakery serving creative vegetarian & vegan fare plus baked goods.”
  • 19 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Lounge seating in the front and "bites" type menu. Outdoor seating in the summer and a decent bar. Trendy.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“Hip coffeehouse serving java, tea & a small chalkboard menu of light eats in a funky space.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Buzzy coffee shop serving Chicago-roasted Metropolis java, Italian-style espresso & baked goods.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great in house brews, BBQ and burgers. Fun, large food hall atmosphere with tvs for the game. Fireplace in winter, outdoor dining in summer.”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Casual - just good food and nice ambiance. Brunch and early evenings. Nice outside patio in the summer.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Evanston's first and oldest brewery and tap room, founded in 2013. GABF gold and silver medal-winning beer”
  • 11 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Featuring a rotating selection of up to 16 different core, seasonal, and one-off brews. No TV, just lots of conversation!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A good bakery in downtown Evanston that focuses on European style baked goods and cookies”
  • 13 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you like Starbucks, this is nearby. However, we prefer the local shop Brothers K. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Wonderful place for Sunday brunch. The menu has unique selections to choose from. Try the pumpkin waffles with ice cream. There is also live entertainment.”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Casual space for globally inspired comfort food & breakfast, with American folk-art decor.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Union Pizza has terrific and simple food. Woodfired pizzas and small plates to share. It's very popular, so go early! There's music in the adjacent space--called SPACE. Check out their website for the performance schedule.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Casual restaurant with on-site bakery serving creative vegetarian & vegan fare plus baked goods.”
  • 19 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Lounge seating in the front and "bites" type menu. Outdoor seating in the summer and a decent bar. Trendy.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great in house brews, BBQ and burgers. Fun, large food hall atmosphere with tvs for the game. Fireplace in winter, outdoor dining in summer.”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Casual - just good food and nice ambiance. Brunch and early evenings. Nice outside patio in the summer.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Brewery
“Evanston's first and oldest brewery and tap room, founded in 2013. GABF gold and silver medal-winning beer”
  • 11 locals recommend

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