Neighborhood guide to Bucktown on the West Side of Chicago.

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!

Quenchers Saloon (Bar, Bucktown)

Often forgotten in the war of best beer bars in the city, Quenchers has been kicking around since 1979, ever-expanding their beer choices for the thirsty patron. Grab a pint, a handful of popcorn, and voila: welcome to your new favorite bar.

Lemmings (Bar, Bucktown)

Lemmings is a Bucktown safe haven for those whose worst nightmare is an evening spent at Cans or Wicker Park Tavern.

The Gallery Cabaret (Bar, Bucktown)

The bar, music venue, and, of course, art gallery is more than just an average neighborhood bar. Inside you’ll find some of the liveliest and interesting people looking to share some ideas and simultaneously get their drink on.

Takashi (Restaurant, Bucktown)

If you’re looking for a safe bet in fushion cuisine then put your chips on Takashi, a French/Japanese small plate restaurant in Bucktown.

The Bloomingdale Trail

The Bloomingdale Trail

Take a trip on the Bloomingdale Trail, one of the best examples of a lost territory, a place that seems to exist outside the context of the rest of Chicago’s urban shuffle.

Estelle’s (Bar/Lounge, Wicker Park)

This decidedly unpretentious Wicker Park late-night spot not only has a great vibe, but a fabulous beer list. Check it out if you’re in the area and wanna try some place new!

Beer Bar Godfathers: The Map Room vs Hopleaf

Everyone and their mom is serving a beer aficionado’s selection of micro brews and imported ales these days, but before most would dare consider beer “artisanal” there were two brew belching powerhouses in Chicago showing everyone how it’s done.

Belly Shack (Restaurant, Bucktown, BYOB)

Feast (Restaurant, Bucktown)

With locations in Bucktown and the Gold Coast, Feast offers delicious American food with a twist in a posh but relaxed atmosphere.

Big Star (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

Looking for a little Chicago honky-tonk? You’ve come to the right place.

Margie’s Candies

Satisfying Chicago’s sweet tooth since 1921, this local confectionery is a must-visit.

Shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown

Sick of trekking around the mall, visiting the same old stores, then showing up at a party where two other girls are wearing the same Express top? Check out our guide to shopping in the neighborhoods of Wicker Park/Bucktown.