A decidedly residential neighborhood edged with leafy boulevards and plenty of greenspace, Logan Square is the most walkable of Chicago’s 77 community areas. And if you’re grabbing food to go, you’ll find an abundance of spaces to unfurl a blanket for an impromptu picnic.
You’re similarly spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink. Here, boundary-pushing chef-driven restaurants and stylish cocktail bars share blocks with easygoing joints for tacos, breakfast, and a few rounds of beer. So our guide likewise packs in everything from upmarket farm-to-table fare to killer $2.50 pastor tacos, lardo-stuffed sourdough croissants to buttery biscuits, and elegant gin cocktails to $2 PBR draughts.
And while you can’t go wrong with any of these 18 spots on their own, if you’ve been feeling cooped up for obvious reasons and fancy a crawl, we also included a few of our favorite itineraries of late.
Itinerary #1: Elegant cocktails, then takeout beers and tacos
Grab a cocktail on Scofflaw’s serene back patio. Then make your way west down Armitage Ave. for a pint on Go Tavern’s tented back patio. On your way out of this longtime packaged goods bar, grab a six-pack to go, then cross the street and pick up savory al pastor tacos from Taqueria El Heredero.
Itinerary #2: Sunday brunch, sundries and booze
Start your Sunday morning with breakfast burritos and coffee from Lula Cafe, which we suggest you eat a few steps away on the namesake square while people-watching. Then pop down Milwaukee Ave. into Daisies Market for a few sundries: conservas, locally grown produce and Michigan wine. Keep strolling southeast to California, and turn right in time for Sunday afternoon margaritas, or warm fireside sangria with chips and guac, on the rooftop at Lonesome Rose.
Itinerary #3: Friday night — half out, half in
Have an after-work beer on Middle Brow’s spacious patio before heading to pick up your Bang Bang Pie biscuit order (between 4 and 6 p.m. on Fridays). While in line at Bang Bang, place your takeout Spice Room order of saag paneer and gobi Manchurian for a cozy Friday night dinner in, to precede Saturday morning’s biscuit-fest.
Itinerary #4: Throwbacks and Cuban comfort
Start at Giant with to-go cocktails or a bottle of wine and Parm-dusted onion rings, which we suggest you take (with a blanket) to the ample green space dividing Humboldt Blvd. Walk about three-quarters of a mile east down Armitage, grab a partially covered patio seat at BYO spot 90 Miles and warm up over spicy, comforting ropa vieja, followed by another short hop east down Armitage for sundaes at Margie’s Candies.