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PatSB Feb 5, 2011 06:28 PM

We'll be visiting Chicago and staying in the Lakeview area. We're looking for restaurants that use local, sustainable farming methods. Any suggestions in this area or in the donwtown area? Thank you!

  1. nsxtasy Feb 5, 2011 08:17 PM

    In Lakeview, I'm a big fan of Deleece, but I don't know whether they emphasize local ingredients. I know two places that emphasize local sources, neither in Lakeview but both nearby, are North Pond in Lincoln Park and Lula in Logan Square.

    You can also see a list of local chefs who support the Green City Market, the city's largest and best known farmer's market, at www.greencitymarket.org/chefs As I glance through the list, I see three places in Lakeview: Bittersweet Pastry (bakery/cafe - some stuff is very good, some meh), Southport Grocery (great place for breakfast/brunch), and Hearty Boys (good brunch, haven't been there for dinner yet).

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      PatSB Feb 6, 2011 01:24 PM

      Thanks for your suggestions. We'll definitely check them out.

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      ferret Feb 6, 2011 07:42 AM

      Sola:

      http://www.sola-restaurant.com/

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        nsxtasy Feb 6, 2011 08:32 AM

        What's the story on Sola? I thought chef-owner Carol Wallack was supposed to move it downtown by the end of 2010, and re-concept the original location in North Center as Ohana, a more neighborhood-y restaurant. But Sola's website is still up and only says they will be moving some time in 2011. I guess the big move is running behind schedule...?

        Incidentally, Carol Wallack was one of the original owners of Deleece and I believe her sister is still one of the owners. I've eaten there a couple of times this past year and absolutely LOVED it, as I reported about my New Year's Eve dinner there in this topic:

        Deleece - Chef Brandon Canfield rocks in Lakeview - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757360

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          nsxtasy Feb 23, 2011 08:02 AM

          >> What's the story on Sola? I thought chef-owner Carol Wallack was supposed to move it downtown by the end of 2010, and re-concept the original location in North Center as Ohana, a more neighborhood-y restaurant.

          Yesterday Chef Wallack announced that she has cancelled her plans to move Sola, and it will remain in North Center: http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.co...

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        mountsac Feb 6, 2011 09:32 AM

        In that area: Perennial
        near Downtown (West Loop): Province
        I also enjoy Lula Cafe, but that's in Logan Square

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          nsxtasy Feb 6, 2011 11:30 AM

          Perennial is in Lincoln Park, not Lakeview...

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            mountsac Feb 6, 2011 01:53 PM

            Meh, they're close enough that I consider them in the same area. But again, I'm a suburbanite, whose sense of distance might be distorted.

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          Shaggy Feb 7, 2011 09:03 AM

          Brown Trout does local, as does Uncommon Ground (not quite Lakeview). I'd agree about Sola, and add that they are still open and running (at least last week, unless I didn't see correctly).

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          Uncommon Ground
          1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

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            smilla653 Feb 24, 2011 02:41 PM

            Lula, while not in Lakeview, is not to be missed, especially if you can time your visit to take advantage of the Monday night farm menu.

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              GourmetWednesday Mar 15, 2012 10:49 PM

              Erwin is in Lakeview and is self-described as "market driven". http://www.erwincafe.com/erwin.html

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