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Top Choice Brewery in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Half Acre Tap Room

Half Acre was one of the leaders of Chicago's craft brewing movement, concocting the deliciously hoppy Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and selling it in cans. The beer earned a cult following, and the guys opened the Half Acr…
Cocktail Bar in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

The Sixth

Other Chicago neighborhoods are saturated with cocktail bars, but Lincoln Square's The Sixth is proof that one really good one is all you need. Whimsical drinks such as the Spaceman Spiff, a mescal-based concoction …
Cinema in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

The Davis Theater

The Davis Theater is a century-old cinema in Lincoln Square that recently underwent a major renovation. Gone are the stiff chairs, run-down bathrooms and cockeyed screens that used to give moviegoers a kink in the n…
Live Music in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Old Town School of Folk Music

You can hear the call of the banjos from the street outside this venerable institution, where major national and international acts such as Richard Thompson and Joan Baez play when they come to town. Old Town also h…
Cosmetics in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Merz Apothecary

Merz is a true turn-of-the-century European apothecary. Antique pharmacy jars contain herbs, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and supplements, and the shelves are stacked high with skin care, personal care, bath and a…
French in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Bistro Campagne

Chicago has a lot of French bistros sprinkled around, but not many perfect the balance of fine yet unfussy dining in a sophisticated but welcoming ambience the way Campagne does. The stained-glass-filled Lincoln Squ…
Antiques in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Architectural Artifacts

This mammoth, 80,000-sq-ft salvage warehouse is a treasure trove that prompts continual mutterings of ‘Where on earth did they find that?’. Italian marionettes, 1920s French mannequins and Argentinean cast-iron mail…
Microbrewery in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Begyle Brewing

Begyle is a terrific little brewery tucked away in an old warehouse by the train track. The no-frills tap room has board games and skee ball to play while sucking down the 10 beers on tap (the blonde ale and wheat a…
Toys in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Timeless Toys

This charming independent shop is better described for what it does not carry – no Barbies, Harry Potter books or trendy kiddie togs. Instead you’ll find high-quality, old-fashioned toys, many of which are made in G…
Bar in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Huettenbar

Pay homage to Lincoln Square's German roots at the stalwart Huettenbar. The kitschy, wood-paneled ambience is straight out of the Black Forest. So are the fresh beers flowing from the taps. A crisp kölsch from Frank…