North Side of Chicago

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

The Coffee and Tea Exchange

Open since 1975, The Coffee and Tea Exchange is a coffee and tea drinker’s paradise.

Fish Bar (Restaurant, Lakeview)

As a fan of DMK Burger Bar, I had high hopes for their next door neighbor by the same owners, Fish Bar. Another creation by Chef Michael Kornick, this little seafood spot doesn’t disappoint.

Uncle Fun: A Toy Store for Everyone

Uncle Fun: A Toy Store for Everyone

Uncle Fun is not your typical Toys R’ Us. It’s a gag gift utopia filled with nostalgic trinkets that kids, and the kid in all of us, can enjoy.

Zanies Comedy Club

Zanies Comedy Club

Zanies Comedy Club has been host to comedians such as Chelsea Handler and Jerry Seinfeld, and is the king of Chicago stand-up comedy.

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

With locations in Chicago, New York, London, and Edinburgh, Baby Wants Candy has spread musical and comedic joy to over 1,700 audiences.

Joe’s Bar On Weed Street (Bar/Concert Venue, Lincoln Park)

Joe’s on Weed offers a great place to watch sports and drink cheap beer.

KISS Meets the Neo-Futurists

Fortunately, the good folks over at the Neo-Futurists never let bad movie scripts disappear. With their weekly series, “It Came from the Neo-Futurarium X,” running every Thursday, the talented troupe of actors resurrect the dead for the purpose of hilarity.

Shopping on Southport Avenue

Check out some unique Chicago boutiques on Southport Avenue. Go for a leisurely stroll with friends, taking the time to check out every window display and boutique.

Cheesies Pub & Grub (Restaurant, Lakeview)

Cheesies is, simply put, drunk-late-night-food heaven. Also works well for hangovers.

Candyality: What Your Sweets Say About You

Candyality: What Your Sweets Say About You

Is Candyality the “Sweetest Destination in Chicago”? Read on to find out!

McGee’s (Bar, Lincoln Park)

Located just off the DePaul campus in Lincoln Park, McGee’s is crawling with twenty-somethings on one mission: to get really drunk.

The Beaumont (Bar, Lincoln Park)

Partiers flock to this spot as a late-night option, and you can expect patrons to be three sheets to the wind and ready to give their dancing shoes a workout.

Kendalls (Bar, Lincoln Park)

Another bar from the Casey Moran crew (Kelsey’s, Kincades, Twisted Lizard, O’Donovan’s), Kendall’s is a staple on the strip of Lincoln Avenue bars that seem constantly packed with young 20-somethings looking for a good deal and a place to catch the game.

Kincades (Bar, Lincoln Park)

Good food and beer specials, a rowdy crowd, and karaoke & trivia nights. What more could you want in a Lincoln Park bar?