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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…
Top Choice Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Reckless Records

Chicago’s best indie-rock record and CD emporium allows you to listen to everything before you buy. It’s certainly the place to get your finger on the pulse of the local, au courant underground scene. There's plenty…
Top Choice Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Matchbox

Lawyers, artists and bums all squeeze in for retro cocktails. It’s as small as – you got it – a matchbox, with about 10 bar stools; everyone else stands against the back wall. Barkeeps make the drinks from scratch. …
Top Choice Live Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Hideout

Hidden behind a factory at the edge of Bucktown, this two-room lodge of indie rock and alt-country is well worth seeking out. The owners have nursed an outsider, underground vibe, and the place feels like your grand…
Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Queen Mary

Making waves when it opened in Wicker Park in 2015 in a sea of sports bars, Queen Mary is a neighborhood tavern inspired by the British Royal Navy. It’s named after building owner Mary Kafka, who, alongside her husb…
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…