Northwest Side of Chicago

A guide to the neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago

Hagen’s Fish Market: Seafood is Lovefood

Hagen’s Fish Market: Seafood is Lovefood

Hagen’s Fish Market has operated in Portage Park since 1946 and is home to Chicago’s last natural hardwood smokehouse. They sell a variety of fresh, smoked and fried seafood, all prepared with a care and skill unrivaled in the city.

Pizza Art Cafe (Restaurant, Lincoln Square/Ravenswood)

Tucked into a residential street in Ravenswood just a few blocks from the center of Lincoln Square, this is the type of place at which I could see myself becoming a regular. It’s Italian. It’s BYOB. And it’s inexpensive. A triple threat in my book.

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater, an awe-inspiring old movie palace, is home to a completely restored lobby, state-of-the-art sound and one of Chicago’s largest single screens — all for for five bucks.

UNDER THE ‘L’ – Western Brown Line

UNDER THE ‘L’ – Western Brown Line

Follow us 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

UPchicago Bar Crawl: Edison Park

If you venture to Chicago’s far northwest side you’ll find the cozy neighborhood of Edison Park, home to various types of bars and restaurants all with something different to offer.

Chris’s Billiards: A Chicago Classic

Chris’s Billiards: A Chicago Classic

The legendary Chris’s Billiards is a perfect place for pool players of all skill levels to knock some balls around and toss a few beers back. Located in Portage Park, this BYOB establishment gained national attention after being featured in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color of Money.”

Turtle Racing at Big Joe’s

If you’re in the 98% percentile of Americans who have never seen a turtle race, this is definitely worth a visit. Friday night at this Lincoln Square watering hole every dollar you spend on drinks buys you a raffle ticket, which positions you one step closer to sponsoring a turtle.

Underbar (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Open from 9PM-4AM (5AM on Saturdays), Underbar is an excellent spot for the late drink in Roscoe Village.

Beat Kitchen (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Beat Kitchen boasts an intimate setting for live shows and even hosts a weekly Tuesday night Underground Comedy showcase.

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

A great bar to catch a drink at when your feet hurt; Hungry Brain is Roscoe Village’s comfiest bar.

Liberty Lounge (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Liberty is the perfect mix of blue collar, hipster, and down home Chicago. It’s no-frills but warm, just the way I like my dives.

Four Moon Tavern (Bar, Roscoe Village)

The 4 moon Tavern is a step up from a dive bar. The low lights, wooden paneling and eccentric knick-knacks (See: Longhorn Cow Skulls and a 1940’s cash register), embody a vibe of comfort and familiarity.

Riverview Tavern (Bar, Roscoe Village)

From the owners of Seven Ten Lounge and Southport Lanes comes this laid back Roscoe Village Tavern touting good pub grub and a spacious bar to hang out and play a game of pool.

5 Kickass… Chicago Bowling Alleys

5 Kickass… Chicago Bowling Alleys

Looking to escape the summer heat or the winter cold? Want to claim that you’re exercising while drinking pitchers of PBR? Check out this list of 5 kickass Chicago bowling alleys, grab your balls and hit the lanes!