Andersonville Chicago

Lesser-known Andersonville haunts to check out

Andersonville is a great Chicago neighborhood: Tons of bars, restaurants, boutiques and unique shops to keep you busy. But for all the times I’ve been there, I tend to go toward the “usuals:” Kopi Cafe, Hopleaf, Andies, Ann Sather. And there’s so much more to this neighborhood, which is celebrating its 50th this year.

This food walk will probably take on plenty of detours as you go, but check out these shops and restaurants you may have missed:

Women & Children First (5233 N Clark). Ok, ok, this place is pretty well known, but this homey bookstore is a wonderful place to pick up a new read, attend author readings and more.

Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark). As many times as I’ve walked past, I can’t believe I didn’t stop in. With three floors of independent shops within selling everything from Terry’s Toffees to clothing, jewelry and home accessories, there’s certainly a unique and handcrafted gift for yourself or someone else here.

Middle East Bakery & Grocery (1512 W Foster) is another I’ve been past but not stopped into. Their readymade spinach pies are delicious and with their sheer variety made fresh, you could probably have lunch for a week or two. They also sell a diverse selection of spices and packaged nuts and candies, some in unique combos. Stop in and get some fresh pita and hummus while you’re at it.

George’s Ice Cream and Sweets (5306 N Clark) has some wild and delicious flavors. Its usual line out the door will tell you how popular it is.

First Slice Pie Cafe (5357 N Ashland) is a block east of Clark, but its homemade pies are worth raving over. I love the polka dote pie, but there’s something for every palate.

Summerdale (5413 N Clark). Wow, talk about comfort food. From huge meatballs to fried mushrooms and heart-stopping mac and cheese, this relaxed bar restaurant feels like a great place to spend a summer evening. Their beer and cocktail lists are definitely of interest.

The Coffee Studio (5628 N Clark) is consistent, has great coffee and bites, and is adding some insanely delicious ice cream this summer (the mocha is for true coffee lovers!).<

City Olive (5644 N Clark) has the artisan olive oils, tapenade and gourmet foods to please any foodie or cook.

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