Why we love it
An under-the-radar dining and nightlife scene is putting all eyes on Avondale, an area that many predict will be the city’s next “it” neighborhood. But hurry — it won’t be under-the-radar for long.
Explore like a local
- Grab a drink with the locals at Ludlow Liquors or Reed’s Local.
- Order the Iron Maiden burger at Kuma’s Corner…while listening to Iron Maiden.
- Swing by Sleeping Village for coffee in the morning and live music in the evening.
Avondale’s industrial roots give it an urban, down-to-earth feel, while an influx of young residents and cool restaurants are breathing fresh life into the neighborhood.
In Avondale, you’ll find an explosion of both cool and classic bars and eateries — pilgrimage-worthy beer bars, taprooms serving up award-winning beers, old-school karaoke bars, Old-World buffets, hole-in-the-wall hangouts where locals love to kick back, and more.
A few local favorites include award-winning Korean restaurant Parachute, Italian steakhouse Mirabella Italian Cuisine, farm-to-table eden, Cajun-Creole (and gluten free) CheSa’s Bistro & Bar, and classic barbecue joint Soul & Smoke.
Check out the neighborhood’s historic buildings, like St. Hyacinth Basilica (one of only three basilicas in the city). Grab some pints at the Revolution Brewing tap room, score your own game at retro Avondale Bowl, then catch a show at hip venue Sleeping Village.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter