Where To Eat
Thanks to its international history, North Center is a great melting pot of all types of cuisine. A drive down Lincoln Avenue reveals some of the area’s finest restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to Irish bistros. The Bad Apple is one of the area’s most popular establishments, with creative burgers and a wide selection of craft beer. Korean, Japanese, and Thai cuisines are also represented, as are many of the European meals popular during the neighborhood’s earliest days. Check out Laschet's Inn for a German-American menu and steins of great beer.
Friday Night Fun
Catch up with friends over burgers and beer at a local pub, then head to a local music venue or theater for some live entertainment. You might also check out any of the breweries in the neighborhood to try something new from the source. Half Acre Beer Company is a popular choice.
The Perfect Sunday
Soccer fans can catch brunch and a match at The Globe Pub or head over to Horner Park for a pickup game. Town Square is also a great place to spend a Sunday — a weekly farmers market is held there in the warmer months — while Lincoln Avenue features a variety of unique shops to explore.
The most popular mode of transportation in North Center is the Brown Line, which offers two stations at Addison and Irving Park. This train will take you northwest to the Albany Park neighborhood or south to the Loop. You can also take advantage of the various bus lines traveling north/south along Lincoln Avenue and east/west Irving Park Road.
The neighborhood's main focal point is the consistently congested intersection of Damen Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Irving Park Road. While having three major roads makes it convenient to get around, their popularity means that (at least minor) traffic is a constant. While North Center is not not walkable compared to neighboring Lakeview and Roscoe Village, it is less likely you will get where you're going by foot.