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Jun 6, 2007 03:09 PM

Best Restaurants in Lincoln Park (defined as North to Diverey, Clark to Western)

Can anyone help sift through the lincoln park restaurant selections? I'd like to stay more local for dinner, but find myself always heading downtown or to wicker park. Suggestions??

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  1. Try Ricardo Tratoria - it is kind of loud, but the food is great. He used to be the chef at Bice Chicago and NY. Make sure you try the Sorbet for desert. Address is:

    2119 North Clark Street
    Chicago IL 60614-6186

    BTW - Duke of Perth for lunch is jsut a few blocks up the street - 2913 North Clark Street - great burgers and fish/chips.

    1. I bet Honey 1 would be surprised to learn they're in Lincoln Park.

      Honey 1 BBQ
      2241 N. Western Ave.

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      1. re: gleam

        They're not in Lincoln Park -- even by the title's definition of Lincoln Park. Honey 1 is solidly in Buckton: south of Fullerton. Divsey is North of Fullerton

        1. re: chicgail

          Yep, I'm definitely wrong about how far south North Avenue is. My bad.

            1. re: gleam

              No. You were actually correct. Honey 1 IS between North and Diversey on Western. My bad; not yours.

              It was actually rather confusing to have Lincoln Park be defined as including everything west of the river and the Kennedy, including Bucktown and Wicker Park.

      2. Boka
        Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
        Nookies (for brunch)
        Adobo Grill (more for apps and drinks than entrees)

        1. That covers a LOT of area, much of it outside of Lincoln Park. It even covers parts of Wicker Park, too (where you say you want to avoid). Lincoln Park only goes about as far as Clybourn on the west

          You're talking about thousands of restaurants.

          If you want to go "local" you're going to have to narrow it down a bit and give people an idea about what types of things you want.

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          1. re: rubinow

            For the record, Lincoln Park's boundaries were defined in the 1920s and given legal status by the City of Chicago as an official community. The boundaries are North Avenue (1600 north) on the south, Diversey Avenue (2800 north) on the north, Lake Michigan on the east and the Chicago River on the west. See

            1. re: Eldon Kreider

              I was using a Wikipedia definition of Lincoln Park. It listed the west boundary as Clybourn.

              Thanks for the map.

          2. It is a fairly large geographic area, with some hit or miss restaurants and a fairly wide range of cuisines represented. Some of our favorites (ranging from slightly upscale to casual, in no particular order):

            Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
            Sai Cafe
            Trattoria Gianni
            Pasta Palozzo
            Dee's (Chinese)
            John's Place

            Hope this helps.

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            1. re: RMA

              Kind of off topic, but the recipe for Vinci's polenta with porcini mushroom sauce appetizer can be found on in the restaurant recipies section. Not sure if it's still on the menu but it tastes good at home too!