You don’t have to be a hipster to love you some Wicker Park. While we’d wager a bet it’s home to more vintage shops and man buns than any other neighborhood in the city, it’s also one of the very best places in Chicago to drink and dine. From reliably delicious old standbys, to buzz worthy newcomers, here are our picks for the top spots to eat in Wicker Park this summer.
Mahalo is new on the WP dining scene, brining a tropical infusion to Milwaukee Ave just in time for summer. Focusing on Hawaiian Fusion, Mahalo takes you out of the city and puts you into the surf shack. The food and vibes at Mahalo transport both your dining experience and your taste buds. You’ll also find us here in with sunnies on in January, pretending we’re in Honolulu.
Chop Shop is in that dubious part of the neighborhood that might technically be considered Bucktown … but we’re including it here anyway. While we love the restaurant-slash-butcher-shops menu any time of the year (charcuterie, anyone?) it’s especially decadent when it’s enjoyed on the spot’s string-light bedazzled rooftop, with one of it’s notorious punch bowls (they’re seriously massive.)
Big Star is a classic Wicker Park spot. With an amazing patio, tacos, and margaritas Big Star will satisfy all food and drink needs. Located right next to the Damen Blue Line stop, Big Star is easy to find and a fun experience for all. Big Star strives to please the public, so if you’re in a rush they also have a walk-up window for quick and easy taco service.
Located directly across the street from Big Star is the Wicker Park institution that is The Violet Hour. This pre-prohibition, craft-cocktails-only joint is a great place for date night or a low-key night out. Make sure to check out their House Rules beforehand so you can be up to speed with the calm, cool and collected vibe that the Violet Hour offers all its patrons. No, they don’t have beer.
If you’re a Saved By The Bell fan then this restaurant is the spot for you. Saved By The Max is a brand new pop-up diner located on North Ave. in the heart of Wicker Park. Expected to last until December 2016, Saved By The Max has been the talk of the town with lines down the street almost every night. Go back in time at The Max fast, it won’t be here for long!
If patios are your thing then Mott Street is a spot you definitely do not want to pass up. From the wide-ranging (and delicious) menu to the fun vibes of the entire restaurant, Mott St. really does it all.Not only does Mott St. execute an amazing patio and dinner menu, their brunch is fantastic. Only a few block from the Division Blue Line stop, Mott St. certainly adds charm to the Wicker Park neighborhood.