Visiting Chicago? If you’ve already been to the Bean, museums and Navy Pier, try something new and step off the beaten path and into one of the city’s 77 unique neighborhoods.
Each has one-of-a-kind places to shop, eat and explore. Need a little guidance? No problem.
This week’s spotlight: Andersonville
Summary: The thriving Andersonville neighborhood on the city’s far north side was built by Swedish immigrants. Today, it houses unique, locally owned shops businesses, a sizeable LGTB population and holds strong ties to its Swedish ancestry.
M. Henry | 5707 N. Clark St.
The well-known brunch spot offers savory egg dishes and sweet offerings that include blackberry bliss pancakes and lemon-berry brioche French toast.
Big Jones | 5347 N. Clark St.
The eatery offers an ode to southern cooking, no matter what the meal. Enjoy complimentary beignets at brunch will awaiting the the Big Jones benedict. At dinner, opt for classic southern fried chicken with cornbread, or crawfish and cheese hush puppies.
Little Bad Wolf | 1541 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
A classic bar with great draft beers, hand crafted cocktails and upscale bar food. Looking for the local favorite? Go for the Bad Burger, mac ‘n cheese or a big plate of different Chinese-inspired boa buns.
Svea | 5236 N. Clark St.
Savor the taste of Andersonville’s Swedish roots. The cash-only place offers Swedish pancakes, the Viking breakfast and a Swedish meatball sandwich for lunch.
Taste of Lebanon | 1509 W. Foster Ave.
Cheap. Fast. Delicious. Favorites include the lentil soup, chicken shawarma or lamb kebab wraps, or anything with hummus. Finish off with $1 baklava.
First Slice Pie Cafe | 5357 N. Ashland Ave.
From French silk to chocolate peanut butter, key lime or traditional apple pie, First Slice has all the favorites. There’s a lunch menu, but don’t leave without saving room for a slice.
George’s Ice cream & Sweets | 5306 N. Clark St.
Pretzels, cookies, cake bites, ice cream… the list goes on! Be sure to try one of the unique ice cream flavors that are very generously scooped — such as the Kitty Kitty Bang Bang which combines Cheesecake ice cream with chocolate chips and raspberry swirl.
Swedish Bakery | 5348 N. Clark St.
Grab a number and choose from a variety of European pastries, from coffee cake to almond cake and other authentic favorites.
Hopleaf | 5148 N. Clark St.
A beer lover’s paradise. With over 400 bottle selections and 64 drafts, there aims to be a taste for everyone. Soak up the suds with food offering such as mussels and crispy frites.
Simon’s Tavern | 5210 N. Clark St.
This Swedish and Norwegian-inspired vintage bar has a unique vibe, a great jukebox and a seasonal glogg.
Photo: Kevin N.
Lady Gregory | 5260 N. Clark St.
This Irish restaurant draws you in with floor-to-ceiling windows and classy decor. It’s a great place to grab brunch, mack on some mac ‘n cheese or savor one of 100 beers on tap.
pH Comedy Theater | 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
For more than a decade, its comedy shows have ranged from weekly open-mic, stand-up nights to limited-run sketch and scripted comedy shows.
Swedish American Museum | 5211 N. Clark St.
Experience the culture and history that built Andersonville. There are artifacts from the mass immigration of Swedes to Chicago, as well as contemporary works from Swedish artists.
Neo Futurist | 5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Check out the city’s longest-running theater piece, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” where cast members attempt to perform 30 mini-plays in 60 minutes.
Borderline Music | 5351 N. Clark St.
The pop-culture mecca has new and used tracks to old vinyls with an emphasis on dance music, imports, remixes and DJ compilations.
Fourside | 5061 N. Clark St.
Known for its unique frames and comical greeting cards, this store is a go-to for vintage home decor.
Women and Children First | 5233 N. Clark St.
This store features the work of female authors, and books with that reflects women’s lives and interests. It showcases works of the LGBT+ community and if you request any other topic they can get it in store in just a few days.
*All photo’s credited to company websites except when noted.