Out of the Loop: Wicker Park/Bucktown

by Laura Bowen '16

Laura Bowen '16

Laura Bowen '16

This is the first 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 (well deserved after surviving a Chicago winter). 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: For the health-conscious, Quesadilla la Reyna del Sur offers vegetarian Mexican fare, while Handlebar, whose website promises “Food, Booze, Good Times,” has both vegan and vegetarian options. More indulgent options include the “Infamous Horseshoe Sandwich,” at Six Degrees, an open-faced sandwich on Texas Toast topped with two meats, cheese sauce and fries. For something sweeter, Stan’s Donuts offers a wide variety of flavors and is open as late as 10:30pm.

Toto, I have a feeling we are not in MPP anymore.

Toto, I have a feeling we are not in MPP anymore.

Where to Study: The Wormhole Coffee Shop or Filter are both good places to get some work done and enjoy a cup of coffee. The Map Room also offers study spots (and free pretzels!) and is open day and night, which makes it a great place to grab a frosty beverage as well.

Where to Drink: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Boothies had several recommendations for bars in the area, including the sports bar The Fifty/50 or, if you are looking to play darts or a game of pool, the Beachwood Inn offers both. Green Eye Lounge, offers “Cheap Drinks for Reasonable People” and Lottie’s is a neighborhood bar whose somewhat uninviting exterior is not reflective of its interior.

Those who attended the 80’s-themed Booth Beercade Fall Mixer are familiar with the Logan Square location of Emporium, where you can drink beer and play classic video games, but the original Wicker Park location is also worth a trip.

Where to End the Night: The Shambles is open until 4am every night of the week (5am on Saturdays) and Danny’s Tavern, known for its nightly DJs, is great for anyone looking to dance. The Double Door, a great venue for concerts, has an attached speakeasy in its basement called Door No. 3, where there are also nightly DJs or performances. Anyone looking for late night food can head to Santulo’s, a pizzeria open till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.


Laura is a dual-degree MBA/MPP student and is a professional Booth Bubble Burster.