North Side of Chicago

A guide to the neighborhoods on the North Side of Chicago.

Holiday Shopping Downtown: Treat Yourself While Checking off Your Gift List

Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!

Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover

Transistor is one of those hard-to-define Andersonville stores. Is it a record store? A bookstore? With art for sale on every inch of wall and amps, instruments, and headphones on display, I had to ask—what is Transistor?

Metropolitan Brewery

Metropolitan Brewery on the North side is crafting German Lagers with Chicago style. Learn about them here, then check ’em out in Andersonville or at your local bar.

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Mark Smith runs a tight ship at the poetry slam held on Sunday nights at the Green Mill.

UPchicago Bar Crawl: Old Town

UPchicago Bar Crawl: Old Town

We are on a mission to perfect the art of the neighborhood bar crawl… and I’m not gonna lie, I think we may have accomplished our goal with this one. Good beer, good pub food, so-bad-it’s-good karaoke, and one member mysteriously disappearing mid-crawl? Yep, we’ve officially done it.

Old Town Ale House (Bar, Old Town)

Do like we did and post up at a table with some good friends, good beer, and watch as the graphic wall art turns funnier with each drink you put down.

Wells on Wells (Bar, Old Town)

Wells on Wells is a fairly low-key bar, with two flat screens, plenty of tables and a proudly displayed Iowa Hawkeyes flag.

Declan’s Irish Pub (Bar, Old Town)

Born in ’72, Declan’s Irish pub is a great place to catch some Oklahoma football or have a quiet weeknight beer.

Burton Place (Bar, Old Town)

This small 4am dive bar is the perfect way to end an evening in Old Town.

Old Town Pub (Bar, Old Town)

The underground lairish style of Old Town Pub feels classic, the wooden walls are welcoming and unpretentious.

UNDER THE ‘L’ — Lawrence Red Line

UNDER THE ‘L’ — Lawrence Red Line

Follow UPchicago.com and host Jessie Stegner as we explore some of the city’s coolest CTA “L” stops, checking out unique spots within walking distance of public transportation! Next stop: Western Brown Line. In this episode, we visit the Uptown Theater District, Shake Rattle & Read, and other great local spots!

Table Fifty-Two & Art Smith’s Chicago Legacy

Oprah’s famed personal chef, Art Smith, is still taking the Gold Coast by storm with his restaurant, Table Fifty-Two.

Rose Angelis (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)

Nestled on Wrightwood between Southport and Racine is a little piece of Italian heaven known as Rose Angelis.

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Located at the north end of Lincoln Park, Montrose Harbor has a little something for everyone: swimming, fishing, sledding, bird watching, a dog beach, a great restaurant and tons of bunnies!