by Laura Bowen ‘16
This is the second in a series of neighborhood profiles of Chicago to inspire MPP-dwellers to break out of the Booth bubble and explore the variety that the city has to offer. Each profile features recommendations from Booth students who live in the area on the best places to eat, drink, study, and more!
Where to Eat: Now that the weather is warmer, it is a perfect time to enjoy outdoor dining options--Parson’s Chicken & Fish has a fun outdoor patio, a lengthy drink menu, and fried chicken and fish offerings. Longman & Eagle serves farm to table food and has over 300 types of whiskey available (there are even six rooms available to rent for the night if you have one too many whiskeys!). If you are craving authentic Italian-an unfortunate rarity in the Chicago dining scene-Letizia’s Fiore Ristorante offers reasonably priced and delicious Italian fare, as well as a store in the front section where customers can take wine tasting and pasta making classes.
Where to Study: New Wave Coffee Shop is an independent coffee spot that is ideal for late night finals studying, offering plenty of seating, vegan pastries, and a late closing time—11pm everyday. Gaslight Coffee Roasters also offers a full menu and their slogan is, “We live here, you should too”.
Where to Drink: The Radler is a Bavarian beer hall that serves German comfort food, including a haus pretzel and four types of wurst. Every week, the restaurant has “German Street Food Tuesdays” and offers $2-3 beer specials and a sampling of street food from a different region in Germany. Boiler Room has a “PB&J special” every day of the week for under $9—a slice of pizza, a tall boy of PBR, and a shot of Jameson. Scofflaw has a gin-focused cocktail bar and several American craft beers on tap, as well as small plates and a delicious brunch menu. For an island escape, Lost Lake is a classic Tiki bar offering tropical cocktails and an interior that evokes the aesthetic of the original Tiki bars of the 1930s.
Where to End the Night: Cole’s Bar offers cheap beer and free comedy and music shows until 2am nightly (3am on Saturdays). East Room, which was voted Best New Bar of 2014 by the Chicago Reader, offers an extensive drink menu and $3 shots of Paddy Irish Whiskey every night of the week. Slippery Slope has DJs, dancing, skeeball, and its slogan is “It’s a party every night in Logan Square.”
Laura is working on getting the phrase ‘MPP-dweller’ onto Urban Dictionary.