Wine, Beer, and Liquor
Best selection is Andersonville Wine and Spirits
Next best is Rayans
Next best is Clark Haus
Sarah is the owner and usually at the Barista helm. She enjoys coffee, reading, and Abraham Lincoln.
Grocery, Pharmacy, & Sundry
Middle East Bakery & Grocery (also excellent food to go)
We’re proximate to a stretch of excellent breweries on and around Ravenswood Ave nicknamed “Malt Row.” Full list and Eater article on them all is here. Our favorites:
Half Acre (my favorite – large beer garden and taproom with kitchen)
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar (also has Fromagerieu & Tasting Room next door)
Beer & Frites (Belgian)
Tavern / Gastropub / Eclectic / Global / American
Munno (small menu but very good)
Calo Ristorante (old school)
Mexican (In order of quality from “good” to “only in case of emergency”)
L/A Mex Vegan Taqueria (vegan, but excellent. Strange hours)
Cescas (pretty good)
Primo Chuki’s (decent)
Lindo Guadalajara (open 24 hrs – in case of emergency)
Big Jones (southern / New Orleans)
Brunch / Diner
Fried Chicken & Fish (with bonus negroni slushies)
Bakery / Cafe / Wine
Bakery (Asian & European)
La Pâtisserie P (in little Vietnam – best croissants in the city)
Bakery / Bakery (Eastern European Angle)
Middle East Bakery & Grocery (cafeteria style with a few seats)
Israeli & Middle Eastern
Vegan Comfort Food
Vegan Jewish Deli (yes, it’s now a thing)
In the summer there is a small neighborhood farmer’s market on Wednesdays from 3-8pm at Catalpa Ave & Clark St. – https://goo.gl/maps/6DPMUuqckvD2
Tons of boutiques and antiques up and down Clark St. from Foster up to Bryn Mawr.
Spa & Massage
Neighboring Neighborhoods Worth Exploring
Lincoln Square to the west (“adorable”)
Uptown to the east (“still up and coming”)
We are exactly one mile west of the Lakefront Trail. From the trail access point at Lawrence Ave., heading north will take you right along Foster Beach and to the very north termination of the trail at Ardmore Ave. Heading south will take you past all of the main east/west streets (Montrose, Irving Park, Addison, Belmont, Diversey, etc). There is a full-size ¼ mile track in between Wilson and Montrose at the lakefront.
Chase Park is ½ block south of us and has an artificial turf sports field and a new ⅕ mile track. It also has a small playground for kids.
A short walk through St. Boniface Cemetary is pleasant and calming. Cemetery bathing.