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.