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.
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. Pop-ups and temporary venue spaces add to the area’s spontaneous vibe.
Check out the neighborhood’s historic buildings, like St. Hyacinth Basilica (one of only three basilicas in the city). Or catch a show at Prop THTR, a long-standing storefront theatre that stages original works inspired by literature.
Explore like a local
Share a barstool with Pauly the dog at Reed’s Local. Order the Iron Maiden burger at Kuma’s Corner…while listening to Iron Maiden. Sip rum cocktails from a conch shell at Lost Lake, the cool-kid version of a classic tiki bar.
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