Restaurants

Top Choice Latin American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Irazu

Chicago’s unassuming lone Costa Rican eatery turns out burritos bursting with chicken, black beans and fresh avocado, and sandwiches dressed in a heavenly, spicy-sweet vegetable sauce. Wash them down with an avena (…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Dove's Luncheonette

Grab a seat at the retro counter for Tex-Mex plates of pork-shoulder posole and shrimp-stuffed sweet-corn tamales. Dessert? It's pie, of course – maybe lemon cream or peach jalapeño, depending on what staff have bak…
Pies in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

There’s a statistic that states one out of five people has eaten an entire pie solo. Hoosier Mama is your place to do it. Pastry chef Paula Haney hand rolls and crimps her dough, then plumps it with fruit or creamy …
Pizza in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Piece

The thin flour-dusted crust of ‘New Haven–style’ pizza at this spacious Wicker Park microbrewery offers a welcome reprieve from the city’s omnipresent deep-dish version. The best is the white variety – a sauceless p…
Desserts in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Margie’s

Margie’s has held court at Bucktown’s edge for more than 90 years, dipping ice-cream sundaes for everyone from Al Capone to the Beatles (check the wall photos). Sure, you can admire the marble soda fountain and the …
American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Vienna Beef Factory Store & Cafe

A true Chicago hot dog uses a Vienna Beef weenie, and this factory is where they're made. There's no better place to indulge than right at the source, in the employee cafeteria. Grab a tray, go through the line, the…
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Big Star

Once a filling station, it's now a taco-serving honky-tonk bar helmed by big-name Chicago chef Paul Kahan. So goes gentrification in Wicker Park. The place gets packed, but damn, those tacos are worth the wait – por…
Bakery in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Stan's Donuts

In a field rich with contenders, Stan's may have Chicago's best doughnuts. Staff are always super nice, the retro vibe rocks, and the Biscoff pockets (that's cookie butter inside a frosted square doughnut) and lemon…
American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

‘Come for dessert, stay for dinner’ might be the motto at this mod restaurant helmed by renowned pastry chef Mindy Segal. With nine kinds of hot chocolate available (they’re like dipping your mug into Willy Wonka’s …
Steak in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Boeufhaus

Chicago has heaps of steakhouses, but none like European–style Boeufhaus in Ukrainian Village. Sit in a snug banquette or at the copper-topped bar and carve into dry-aged steaks and appetizers such as the beloved sh…