New Years Weekend in Lakeview and WIcker Park
My husband and I will be in the Lakeview and Wicker Park neighborhoods this Saturday to Tuesday. We have reservations at Next for New Year's Eve night but are looking for other suggestions of restaurants not to miss.
Any ideas? Thank you!
In Lakeview, I've eaten four times in the past year or so at Deleece on Southport, and all four meals have been fantastic. This contemporary American bistro is turning out superb food (and affordably priced) without the hype of some other places around town. It's a true neighborhood gem. You can read detailed reports in the Deleece topic at www.chow.com/topics/757360 Note that they moved down the street a few months ago; the correct address is 3747 N. Southport Avenue.
Another place in Lakeview worth considering is Mixteco Grill. They serve extremely creative provincial Mexican cuisine. They are closed Mondays.
For breakfast/brunch in Lakeview, I love Southport Grocery and Cafe, including some of their whimsical dishes like bread pudding pancakes and adult pop tarts. Beware, they have long waits to be seated on weekends between 9:30 and 1:00.
Near Wicker Park, another place with excellent provinical Mexican cuisine is Mexique, in West Town. Check out the menu on their website (as well as for Mixteco Grill), as their food is very different from the conventional Mexican food you find in most other cities this side of the border. This is a real local specialty in Chicago.
In Wicker Park, I recommend Bongo Room for breakfast/brunch (with the same caution about long waits on weekends). They specialize in creative pancake dishes, such as pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. Tip: A standard portion size consists of three GIGANTIC pancakes, but you can get one-third or two-thirds portion sizes at reduced prices, which lets you try multiple dishes.
If you enjoy pastries, my favorites include Floriole and Vanille in Lincoln Park (between Lakeview and Wicker Park), Alliance in Wicker Park, and Fritz in Lakeview.
1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Deleece Restaurant (on Southport
)3747 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
2229 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Floriole Cafe and Bakery
1220 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
1736 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
1408 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
A few places in Lincoln Park are also worth mentioning. (As noted above, Lincoln Park is between Lakeview and Wicker Park, and is convenient to both.) North Pond is an upscale contemporary American restaurant. In addition to James Beard-nominated Chef Bruce Sherman's food, what makes North Pond unique is its exquisite setting in the middle of the park, facing its namesake pond with the city skyline looming over the opposite shore. Perennial Virant offers contemporary American cuisine in a small plates format. And Boka is yet another excellent contemporary American restaurant in the neighborhood.
1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614