The Edgewater neighborhood is on the North Side of Chicago, with lakefront views, a charming community feel and tons of history. Since Edgewater is a little bit further outside of the Loop, you can get a lot more bang for your buck. This hidden gem of a neighborhood has great restaurants, shops and nightlife. Here are top-rated picks for a fun-filled day in Edgewater that’s easy on your wallet.



Edgewater is about a 20 minute 'L' train or Uber ride from downtown Chicago. The CTA Red Line is the cheapest and most direct route from the Loop. Exit at the Thorndale station. 



Cinnamon roll

You have tons of choices for a budget-friendly breakfast. Here are a few favorites:

  • Ann Sather Café - Known for their giant cinnamon rolls! (3415 N. Broadway Street)
  • The Bongo Room - Popular brunch spot with trendy decor (5022 N. Clark Street)
  • Over Easy Café - Order the Banana Spiked French Toast (49433 N. Damen Avenue)



Pork Shoppe is another popular spot for lunch or dinner. The trendy BBQ joint offers $8 lunch specials, which include your choice of a main dish and side. Pair Brisket Tacos with Collard Greens or a Pork Belly Pastrami Sandwich with Shoppe Slaw.


The Growling Rabbit has a large menu of American comfort food that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. There’s plenty of seating in the two casual dining rooms. Biscuits and Gravy, or a Carnitas or Cuban “Bombwhich” will hit the spot. They're known for their sweet treats, too, so don't forget to top off your lunch with a slice for dessert.

The Growling Rabbit  |   5938 N. Broadway Avenue  |  773-654-1444

Pork Shoppe  |  5721 N. Clark Street  |  773-654-1800



Edgewater has a fantastic thrift shop for bargain hunting. The Brown Elephant carries clothing, accessories, furniture and books. Proceeds from the store support the Howard Brown Health Center.

The Brown Elephant  |  5404 N. Clark Street  |  773-271-9382



Buffalo wings

Dak is known for their Korean chicken wings and rice bowls. They also sell imported Korean sodas. The best part is you can get a filling meal for about 10 bucks!

Dak  |  1104 W. Granville Avenue  |  773-754-0255



 Mango Pickle cocktail

Mango Pickle is mixing up the most authentic cocktails from India. Their signature drinks are unlike any other that you’ll find in the city. Some popular choices include the Bollywood Old Fashion, Chai Time, or Not Your Mama's Lassi. Inspired by the famous mango lassi, the Not Your Mama’s Lassi is a fruit-infused cocktail with a pinch of spice.

Mango Pickle  |  5842 N. Broadway Street  |  773-944-5555

Moody’s Pub has been described as a ski-lodge-esque bar has been around since 1959. Stop by for a drink in their outdoor beer garden, or cozy up by one of the two fireplaces. Spending the day with your significant other? Moody’s was named one of the most romantic spots in the city by Chicago Magazine. Complimentary peanuts are served at every table.

Moody’s Pub  |  5910 N. Broadway Street  |  773-275-2696


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