The Best Restaurants in Wicker Park and Bucktown Neighborhood
There are plenty of dining options available in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Being next to each other, both neighborhoods offers all kinds of restaurants that fits your taste buds for the day. Out of all, I have come up with the best restaurants in Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhood. As a whole, the best restaurants in Bucktown and Wicker Park offers delicious bruch, lunch or dinner in cozy and vibrant ambience.
Quick Tip: Most important, being popular neighborhoods for dining and hangout places, finding a parking during peak time is a challenge. I insist, avoid driving your car if possible unless you are ready to drive around to look for a parking spot 🙂
1) Big Star
Big Star is the place to enjoy Mexican Street food in Wicker Park, especially different kinds of tacos indeed! Big Star offers authentic and fusion versions of Mexican Street food in funky lively setup. Their cocktail menu features variety of drinks including tropical flavors. I recommend their margaritas from the menu. One of my favorite restaurants with outdoor seating in Wicker Park during summer season.
Big Star is located at 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
2) Antique Taco
Antique Taco is counter served restaurant in Wicker Park serving Mexican food. Different kinds of unique seasonal tacos are their specialties. Do not hesitate to try their chips and guacamole. Overall, one of the best restaurants in Wicker Park.
Antique Taco is located at 1360 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
3) Parlor Pizza Bar
Parlor Pizza Bar in Wicker Park is one of the best hangout places, offering wood-fired pies and range of craft beer & cocktails. I went for lunch at Parlor Pizza Bar, but I would say this place is perfect for dinner or weekends when you are looking for a cool place to hang out with friends or family. Parlor Pizza Bar outdoor patio is dog friendly, so you can bring your furry friend with you for outdoor dining during summer season.
Parlor Pizza is located at 1824 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
4) Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Do you like thin crust pizza? If yes then Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Wicker Park is one of the popular places to enjoy thin crust pizza and house brewed craft beers. Piece brewery & Pizzeria has sports bar kind of setup featuring live music and band on some nights.
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria is located at 1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Amaru is one of the best restaurants in Wicker Park, offering tropical flavors of Latin America and Caribbean right here in Chicago. At Amaru, you can enjoy the wide range of tropical cocktails that goes well with the food menu. I recommend to try their Cuban Burger called Frita Cubana, made with cheese, burnt garlic aioli, shoe string potatoes.
Amaru is located at 1904 W N Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
6) Umami Burger
Umami Burger is a chain offering delicious gourmet burgers in Wicker Park. Umami Burger has several locations nationwide. Their burger menu is amazing when it comes to names. At Umami, out of all burgers, their Throwback and Umami burgers are popular. In my opinion, it is perfect place to hang out with friends and family for dinner and drinks.
Umami Burger is located at 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
If you are looking for an upscale Greek restaurant then Taxim is your best choice in the neighborhood. At Taxim, you will get authentic Greek style dishes paired with Greek wines. Taxim features cozy and romantic ambience and roof top patio for dining. I would say, one of the best restaurants in Wicker Park for outdoor dining during summer season.
I have not named the dishes as they are all Greek to me! Best way to order is to ask the server. Overall, great food but be ready to pay. Yes, food menu is pricey, but you get best service and great food.
Taxim in Wicker Park is located at 1558 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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8) Cafe Istanbul
Cafe Istanbul is famous for the Mediterranean food made on wood fire, paired with Turkish wine and coffee. It’s a small cozy place that tends to get very busy and filled up quickly during dinner time. Overall, if you are looking for an authentic Turkish food in Chicago, then do not think twice, at Cafe Istanbul you will have great time dining Turkish flavors.
Cafe Istanbul is located at 2014 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Cumin restaurant is a small cozy place, serving authentic Indian and Nepali food in Wicker Park. Restaurant also has buffet during lunch hours, so either you can go for lunch buffet or order of your choice. If you like Chicken then I recommend to try their tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala and butter chicken. Do not order all three at once, it will be too much food. You can either order Tandoori Chicken paired with gravy Chicken.
Cumin restaurant is located at 1414 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
10) Furious Spoon
Furious Spoon is a Japanese restaurant serving different kinds of ramen soup and other dishes like rice bowl paired with side dishes like dumplings and edamame. But, Ramen soup is Furious Spoon’s specialty! Don’t try anything else but one of their ramen soup bowls.
Furious Spoon is located at 1571 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
11) Craft Pizza
Craft Pizza in Wicker Park is serving New York style, thin crust pizza in Chicago. Their popular pizza include classic Margherita or Margherita topped with peperoni. You can choose your favorite veggies as topping as well. I would say, perfect for light lunch in the Wicker Park. Do not worry, it’s not going to be too heavy for the lunchtime.
Craft Pizza is located at 1252 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
12) Small Cheval
Small Cheval in Wicker Park is a retro type small joint is famous for serving popular burgers, beers and cocktails. Place is small with limited seating but always happening. Overall, I highly recommend Small Cheval to someone who is looking for a very good burgers in Wicker Park neighborhood.
Small Cheval is located at 1732 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
13) Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar is one of the popular family friendly place for brunch, lunch and dinner, but in my opinion perfect for dinner. Overall ambience is very cozy. At Mindy’s you can get from pasta, to burgers to salad, everything you get an American cuisine. I also recommend to try their hot chocolate during your visit. Apart from Hot Chocolate, their cocktail menu is pretty extensive as well.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar is located at 1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
I hope above list of the best restaurants in Wicker Park & Bucktown will help you plan your next dine out in the neighborhood.
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