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Guidebook for Chicago

Kelli

Guidebook for Chicago

Sightseeing
Portage Park is a huge, beautiful park with a twice-monthly farmers market and two pools. The perimeter is one mile for all walkers and joggers.
13
locals recommend
Portage Park
13
locals recommend
Portage Park is a huge, beautiful park with a twice-monthly farmers market and two pools. The perimeter is one mile for all walkers and joggers.
Food Scene
Our favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Sit in the cozy cafe, tuck into the sunny outdoor space, or retire to Portage Park across the street!
7
locals recommend
Portage Grounds
5501 West Irving Park Road
7
locals recommend
Our favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Sit in the cozy cafe, tuck into the sunny outdoor space, or retire to Portage Park across the street!
This sports bar have delicious bar food and great veggie burgers. You have to try the mac & cheese bites!
9
locals recommend
Sutherlands
5353 West Irving Park Road
9
locals recommend
This sports bar have delicious bar food and great veggie burgers. You have to try the mac & cheese bites!
A delicious Colombian steakhouse with must-try plantains.
7
locals recommend
Las Tablas
4920 West Irving Park Road
7
locals recommend
A delicious Colombian steakhouse with must-try plantains.
Not only do they boast the largest print magazine collection in the country, they have a fabulous cafe and often have live music.
City News Cafe
4018 North Cicero Avenue
Not only do they boast the largest print magazine collection in the country, they have a fabulous cafe and often have live music.
Poretta's is a two block walk from our house and offers amazing Italian fare and pizza.
Porretta's Banquets & Catering
3718 North Central Avenue
Poretta's is a two block walk from our house and offers amazing Italian fare and pizza.
This is our go to place for take out. Their subs and soups are legendary in the neighborhood.
Bob-O-Rinos
3435 North Central Avenue
This is our go to place for take out. Their subs and soups are legendary in the neighborhood.
We are partial to Greek food because Jimmy lived there for 4 months. It's tasty and they have a wonderful rooftop garden.
Veranda
5700 West Irving Park Road
We are partial to Greek food because Jimmy lived there for 4 months. It's tasty and they have a wonderful rooftop garden.
Our favorite Thai restaurant in the neighborhood!
Ruk
4431 North Milwaukee Avenue
Our favorite Thai restaurant in the neighborhood!
Our local "go to" for pizza!
Suparossa Carryout & Delivery
4256 North Central Avenue
Our local "go to" for pizza!
A Chicago institution, deep dish pizza is only a few blocks away from our house!
9
locals recommend
Giordano's
West Irving Park Road
9
locals recommend
A Chicago institution, deep dish pizza is only a few blocks away from our house!
A delicious independent coffee shop with an attached used book and record store!
Perkolator
6032 West Irving Park Road
A delicious independent coffee shop with an attached used book and record store!
This is our secret go-to pizza place! We love to order from this tiny independent pizzeria.
Frank's Pizzeria & Restaurant
6506 W Belmont Ave
This is our secret go-to pizza place! We love to order from this tiny independent pizzeria.
The most delicious burgers, handcut fries, and boozy milkshakes with a rock-themed interior. It can be packed on the weekends, but is worth the wait!
9
locals recommend
BRGRBELLY Portage Park
5739 West Irving Park Road
9
locals recommend
The most delicious burgers, handcut fries, and boozy milkshakes with a rock-themed interior. It can be packed on the weekends, but is worth the wait!
Delicious fresh tea or buy by the pound.
Tea'se Tea Shoppe
5755 W Irving Park Rd
Delicious fresh tea or buy by the pound.
A long walk or a short drive, this is classic diner food, but the best you'll find on the NW side. Great for brunch!
Shilas Restaurant
3938 North Cicero Avenue
A long walk or a short drive, this is classic diner food, but the best you'll find on the NW side. Great for brunch!
Great pizza & Italian food. Pricer side of casual.
La Villa Restaurant Lounge and Banquets
3638 N Pulaski Rd
Great pizza & Italian food. Pricer side of casual.
New fancy tacos with an outdoor patio. Walking distance.
6
locals recommend
Cochinita Taco Co.
3938 N Central Ave
6
locals recommend
New fancy tacos with an outdoor patio. Walking distance.
Boutique steakhouse in the heart of Six Corners
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locals recommend
Community Tavern
4038 North Milwaukee Avenue
16
locals recommend
Boutique steakhouse in the heart of Six Corners
This feels like an old lounge-y steak place. People go here for anniversary. It's a bit dark, but has great reviews.
16
locals recommend
Sabatino's Restaurant Chicago
4441 West Irving Park Road
16
locals recommend
This feels like an old lounge-y steak place. People go here for anniversary. It's a bit dark, but has great reviews.
Order the vodka bow-tie pasta!
Trattoria Porretta Ristorante, Pizzeria, and Catering
3656 North Central Avenue
Order the vodka bow-tie pasta!
Delicious bakery, lunch, and often trivia, live music, yoga, etc.
Fannie's Cafe, Bakery, And Coffee Shop
5044 W Montrose Ave
Delicious bakery, lunch, and often trivia, live music, yoga, etc.
Arts & Culture
Take in a show at our neighborhood theatre company. Visit www.filamenttheatre.org for full run shows on the weekend and concerts during the week!
Filament Theater
4041 North Milwaukee Avenue
Take in a show at our neighborhood theatre company. Visit www.filamenttheatre.org for full run shows on the weekend and concerts during the week!
Our neighborhood yoga studio offers drop in classes.
The Yoga Shop
3880 North Milwaukee Avenue
Our neighborhood yoga studio offers drop in classes.
A few miles away, the Gift is a small, intimate theater offering great shows!
The Gift Theatre
4802 North Milwaukee Avenue
A few miles away, the Gift is a small, intimate theater offering great shows!
Stop into this free museum where all the art and exhibits are created by veterans.
National Veterans Art Museum
4041 N Milwaukee Ave
Stop into this free museum where all the art and exhibits are created by veterans.
Entertainment & Activities
We can't get enough of Josi's froyo with their delicious changing flavors. You'll want to try ALL of the flavors!
Josi's Frozen Yogurt Cafe
4032 North Milwaukee Avenue
We can't get enough of Josi's froyo with their delicious changing flavors. You'll want to try ALL of the flavors!
This cute little park is a five minute walk from our house. They have a playground, tennis courts, horse shoe rings, basketball courts, and a ball diamond. Not to mention enough grass to just run in!
Chopin Park
3420 North Long Avenue
This cute little park is a five minute walk from our house. They have a playground, tennis courts, horse shoe rings, basketball courts, and a ball diamond. Not to mention enough grass to just run in!
There is a beautiful pond at Riis Park where you can feed the ducks. They offer ice skating in the winter months.
Riis Park Playground
6100 West Fullerton Avenue
There is a beautiful pond at Riis Park where you can feed the ducks. They offer ice skating in the winter months.
Take in a day-long art camp for your kids or the whole family!
Art Side Out Studio & MASK SHOP
4041 North Milwaukee Avenue
Take in a day-long art camp for your kids or the whole family!
Second run movies within a mile from home.
Patio Theater
6008 W Irving Park Rd
Second run movies within a mile from home.
Essentials
THE WORLD'S BEST GROCERY STORE! Oh my goodness, we will talk to you about it for an hour. Just ask.
Tony's Fresh Market
5630 West Belmont Avenue
THE WORLD'S BEST GROCERY STORE! Oh my goodness, we will talk to you about it for an hour. Just ask.
Shopping
Our favorite place to get Chicago-centric gifts and handmade wares!
Replica Chicago Inc
4425 North Milwaukee Avenue
Our favorite place to get Chicago-centric gifts and handmade wares!
Local Goods is a bit of a drive, but their entirety of offerings are from Chicago! Stop in for a cup of coffee, tea, and a take home treat in addition to incredible handmade wares!
Local Goods Chicago
5422 West Devon Avenue
Local Goods is a bit of a drive, but their entirety of offerings are from Chicago! Stop in for a cup of coffee, tea, and a take home treat in addition to incredible handmade wares!
An independent used book and record store!
Sputnik
6034 W Irving Park Rd
An independent used book and record store!
Drinks & Nightlife
Craft beer emporium. Tap This events on the second Thursday of every month. Outdoor live music during the summer. Attached liquor store.
Fischman Public House
4058 N Milwaukee Ave
Craft beer emporium. Tap This events on the second Thursday of every month. Outdoor live music during the summer. Attached liquor store.
Great tater tots & mac & cheese. Live music on weekends. Trivia during the week. Sidewalk cafe.
Hops & Barley
4359 North Milwaukee Avenue
Great tater tots & mac & cheese. Live music on weekends. Trivia during the week. Sidewalk cafe.
Great patio and outdoor cafe. Tasty fish tacos!
The Windsor Tavern and Grill
4530 North Milwaukee Avenue
Great patio and outdoor cafe. Tasty fish tacos!
Live music & other events
Portage Theater
4050 North Milwaukee Avenue
Live music & other events