My Favorite Places in North Center

Today’s moving day, but in honor of the neighborhood (and surrounding area) we called home for the past 50 weeks, here are some places and people I’ll miss being so close to …

Big BricksIf you liked smoked meats (pulled pork, brisket, chicken), you have to go here. Order the Pulled Pork Nachos. And if you like sour beers, they have Duchesse De Bourgogne on tap.


Anna’s Asian GrillConfession: we’ve only eaten here via Grub Hub, but YUM! Sushi and Thai, together as they are meant to be. Although if you want to be a bit more adventerous with Thai food, Sticky Rice isn’t far away.

Laschet’s InnWe lived within walking distance of three German restaurants (four when we moved in, but Glunz closed). This was our favorite. Warm bacon vinagarette dressing, amazing sauerkraut, and a complimentary shot of schnapps at the end? What’s not to love??


I-Cafe (Sukur’s Place)I walked past this place tons of times and didn’t really give it any notice. It’s a pretty plain-looking, counter-service place. But then my husband took me there and it was delicious. If you like Turkish food, kabobs, or quick, cheap, delicious food, check it out.

Bad AppleThis place isn’t a secret or anything. It’s been on Check, Please! after all. But delicious burgers (my favorites are El Chupacabra and Edmund Fig-gerald) and an impressive beer list (including sour options) = solid spot for dinner. Even if there is usually a wait.

Glenn’s Diner. This place has also been on Check, Please! so again, not a secret. But if you love seafood, you have to go here. The menu changes based on what they can get fresh.

Horner ParkBeing two miles from the Lakefront Trail, I mostly only ran there on the weekends. So when I wanted a run free from intersections, stop lights, and with water fountains, the 1-mile loop around Horner Park was my destination. It was also great for speedwork. Or a fun run before Wurst Fest.

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Wurst Running Club EverObvi. I promise I’ll still make it to Pint Night once in awhile.


Spring YogaI’m no yogini, and this place is for Serious Yoga, but even if you’re a beginner, the instructors are very friendly and encouraging. You will get quite the workout.

Body R+DTechnically in Lakeview, but close enough. A Megaformer (Pilates reformer on steroids) studio. I really enjoyed the workouts here and still hope it make it up there once in awhile (especially since I still have three classes left in my account). Get on their newsletter because they offer discounts once in awhile.

Jeni’s Ice CreamAlso technically in Lakeview, but OMG amazing ice cream.

Have you been to any of these places? Do you love them too? Remaining North Centerians, what did I miss? I know there were some great spots that we didn’t get a chance to check out. 

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9 Comments on “My Favorite Places in North Center”

  1. Laschet’s is my fave restaurant. Need to checkout i-Cafe. Here are some more: Selmarie, Chicago Brauhaus, Julius Meinl, Half Acre, free Wrigley Field shuttle, rooftop deck at Gene’s Delicatessen, Gene’s store, Paulina Meat Market, Huettenbar, Resi’s Bierstube’s beer garden, Pannenkoeken Cafe, free Welles Park pool, Maifest, German/American Fest, Ribfest, River Park running track. Sure, some of these are technically in Lincoln Square, but only a few blocks from where I live in “The NC”.

    1. I was thinking we could coordinate going to Pint Night together and sharing an UberX ride home … Or try to wrangle everyone in coming down to Fleet Feet South Loop.

  2. Loved seeing Big Bricks at the top of the list, it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’d add Glen’s Diner for their fresh fish, and Wasabi Cafe for their all you can eat sushi.

    Hopefully we can still all get together as the WRCE is expanding all over the city 🙂 we could come to you, or we can split the difference and meet at Old Town or something. Wurst friends forever will find a way! Also, sausage pool party?

    1. Ha! I don’t think we would have gone there that much had it not literally been our corner bar. New place doesn’t have a “corner” bar (I mean, it does if I walk a half mile). BUT! It has a pool. And in-unit laundry. And a fitness center in my building. I can walk a half mile (or Uber).

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