What’s up in Avondale? Lots. With Logan Square to the South and Roscoe Village to the East, its “up-and-coming” badge was bound to fade. We’re not interested in labels, though. We’re intrigued by authentic Polish sausage, some retro miscellany, and a space that claims to be coffee house, cider bar, music venue, and more.
Ready for a visit? We suggest checking out the following.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
This stop’s a no-brainer. It’s fried chicken at its finest. If you weren’t hungry before passing by 3361 N Elston Ave, you’ve since changed your mind. “Front porch cocktails”, local ingredients, and priceless hospitality encourage getting comfortable here.
St. Hyacinth Basilica
While Honey Butter fries up some sacred offerings, St. Hyacinth Basilica is a feast for the eyes. Erected in 1921, the baroque structure speaks to the heart of Chicago’s Polish community. Behold the “Polish Cathedral style” architectural and historical significance at 3636 W Wolfram St.
This recently awakened spot caters to all-day cravings. Coffee, beer, cider, the sound of silence, and the sound of underground acts experimenting should beckon the curious and eternally thirsty. Enjoy loitering from 11AM-2AM every day, and until 3AM on Saturdays.
It’s geo-metric! Boogie woogie, woogie. If this 100-foot-long wall art puts you in a dancing mood, who are we to halt the groove? Located under the overpass at Addison & Avondale St, the Rafael Lopez-led piece certainly satisfies color seekers.
Kurowski Sausage Shop
Link aficionados and fluent Polish speakers work their magic at 2976 N Milwaukee Ave. Expand your lingual horizons and your sense of smell with a trip to the Eastern European grocer.
This local watering hole refrains from “trying”. Cheap beer, easy cool, good grease, and “killer” cocktails by the ounce fill 2959 N California Ave. Visit The Orbit Room’s replacement every day from 5PM to midnight.
Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles
One man’s trash from the 80s and 90s is another man’s retro treasure. Welcome to a place where vintage tsatskes, choice records, and live music parade. See what nonsense and new shows are happening at 3156 W Diversey Ave.
Korean-American shared plates with high-quality contents, Michelin recognition, and a relaxed atmosphere. 3500 N Elston Ave juggles with ease. Escort food-forward friends, and you’ll all leave with a full heart and stomach.