May 28, 2008
Looking for a Restaurant in Wicker Park or Nearby?
Whether you’re in the mood for BYOB or upscale cocktails, Wicker Park and its surrounding neighborhoods are full of choices for luscious libations and creative cuisine in beautifully designed spaces.
2700 W Chicago Av
Opened in February 2008, this late-night restaurant serves refined comfort food in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. The restaurant was designed by Leonardo Bonanni, a former researcher at the prestigious Counter Intelligence Group (MIT’s kitchen of the future). With its white countertops and friendly service it recalls a classic diner with a clean, modern sensibility. Bonanni also designed three different chairs for the restaurant, which were custom built locally.
NXXT’s design was inspired by the historic building in which it’s located, and fits well into this rapidly evolving neighborhood. The swooping birch ceiling beams take their cues from the turn-of-the-century structure’s beautiful curved facade.
As the night progresses, the restaurant relaxes into an intimate lounge. The bar features an extensive selection of hard alcohol, as well as an impressive wine list and domestic craft beers.
1952 N Damen Ave
After having won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Midwest, Takashi Yagihashi set his sights on opening a signature restaurant in Chicago. With his designer, he began the long search for the perfect location. The duo found a former residential space in
a now commercial section of Bucktown and went
about creating a fine-dining restaurant with a warm neighborhood feel.
The cuisine—a refined fusion of American classics with Japanese and European influences—is echoed in the restaurant’s design. The minimal achromatic palette allows the rich texture of exposed brick, cherry wood, and fabric-covered panels to define the space. The tranquil yet inviting effect is accented with hand-painted linen wallpaper hung to look like a panoramic painting.
1466 N. Ashland Ave
Recently reopened, Schwa is a destination for avant-garde cuisine. Renowned chef Michael Carlson offers two tasting menus of dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients. Schwa suggests pairing spirits that
are light, bright, and food-friendly with your high-concept meal.
1039 N Western Ave
The culinary component of the lively music venue the Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe offers vegetarian-friendly American classics. Daily specials supplement the small but varied menu of pastas, salads, and sandwiches.
1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Decorated with a tropical mural, Irazu lives up to the Costa Rican credo of pura vida, or pure life. Specialties include chicken casado with caramelized onions, gallo pinto, cabbage salad, sweet plantains, and oatmeal milk shakes.
Coast Sushi Bar
2045 N DAmen Ave
Coast Sushi Bar offers creative interpretations of traditional sushi with welcome additions such as mint, jalapeño, and fresh mango. The cherry-blossom motif that adorns the walls complements the fabric-covered banquettes.
MORE WICKER PARK AND NEARBY RESTAURANTS
2005 W Division St
Upscale Mexican in an upbeat atmosphere. The guacamole is made fresh at your table in a traditional molcajete.
Angels & Mariachis
1721 W Division St
Full-blown Mexican kitsch is new on the scene in a dining room complete with lucha libre and Day of the Dead décor.
Between Boutique Café and Lounge
1324 N Milwaukee Ave
Bold, unusual flavor combinations and sharing plates take center stage at this loungy restaurant.
1265 N Milwaukee Ave
Hip, contemporary sushi lounge with elegant signature maki rolls.
1805 W Division St
Authentic Japanese cuisine in a hip upscale environment with a cool warehouse feel.
2111 W Armitage Ave
Originally opened in Cuba in 1950. Don’t miss the house specialty, paella valencia.
Café Wicked Desserts
2151 W Armitage Ave
The newest dine-in spot for pampering your sweet tooth.
1840 W North Ave
Upscale eatery and bar reminiscent of Miami Beach with a rooftop deck and patio.
1824 W Wabansia Ave
An upbeat 1940s-style supper club and cocktail lounge that serves handmade pastas and delicious signature martinis.
2144-46 W Division St
Pair the homemade pasta with wine from the extensive bottle menu.
Feast Restaurant & Bar
1616 N Damen Ave
A funky Wicker Park favorite with bohemian trimmings.
1434 W Chicago Ave
Urban cooking with a Latin twist based on the flavors and ingredients of Santa Fe.
1576 N Milwaukee Ave
Northern Italian small-plates eatery is great for sharing small plates.
1958 N Damen Ave
This cozy spot keeps the regulars coming back for simple French classics.
2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Delicious dishes made from almost all local ingredients.
1647 N Milwaukee Ave
New rustic trattoria focused on full flavors from local, seasonal ingredients.
1413 N Ashland Ave
A taste of North Africa with the rich spices of Morocco.
Milk & Honey
1920 W Division St
An innovative take on comfort food for breakfast and lunch.
2020 W Division St
Sip cocktails, eat sushi, and unwind in the futuristic upstairs lounge.
SOUTH AMERICAN/ASIAN FUSION
1530 N Milwaukee Ave
Gallery, lounge, and restaurant named for the 1950s Japanese sci-fi classic “Rodan! The Flying Monster.”
Salud Tequila Lounge
1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Upscale favorite dishes and more than 80 varieties of 100 percent agave tequila.
1804 W Division St
Delicious ribs and sweet-potato fries in a barlike atmosphere.
1300 N Milwaukee Ave
Quick service meat- and dairy-free treats like the “chili cheese dog” and “philly cheese steak.”
1633 N Milwaukee Ave
Artful fresh dishes with vegetarian options such as generous salads and sandwiches.