VG Staff’s Favorite Restaurants in Lincoln Park


Brittany Barnes, Development Manager:

My favorite restaurant in Lincoln Park is Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! I like it because it’s ALWAYS delicious and it offers a variety of options for vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters alike.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614


Laura Baker, Bar and House Management Coordinator:

SIMPLY IT! They are so very friendly and courteous. Lots of food for little money. The Pho is healing! I go there every time I have a cold.  And they always give a little plate of fruit with the check. Every time I pick up take out, they’ll give me a tea or fruit infused water. I just love their service and their food.

2269 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


Christopher Schram, Director of Development:

North Pond – for its commitment to supporting local and regional farmers, its seasonal menus, its romantic setting, its historic building, its great service, and its awesome views on downtown.  It’s a splurge, but it’s worth it.

North Pond
2610 N Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614


Daniel Dempsey, Development Associate for Institutional Giving:

It’s a new twist on a Chicago favorite, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. It’s perfect for large groups, and delicious! Very friendly staff that makes you feel at home. Start off with the Mediterranean Bread, as you wait for the Pizza Pot Pie.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company
2121 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614


Rachel Tornquist, Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer:

The Wing Factory – they have $1 drinks from 6-7pm… what’s not to love?!

Wing Factory
2464 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


Isaac Gomez, Literary Manager

I like The Pasta Bowl because their homemade pasta is delicious and they have gluten free options. It’s affordable and has a casual vibe!

The Pasta Bowl
2434 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60614


Joanie Schultz, Associate Artistic Producer:

Aquitaine!! The salmon is awesome. And the scallops are really good too. Really everything I’ve had there is good. My husband and I love that place.

2221 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


Olivia Simas, Marketing Intern:

My favorite Lincoln Park restaurant is Pasta Palazzo down on Halsted. It’s a cozy neighborhood restaurant with delicious fresh pasta that is honestly more affordable than my usual order at Chipotle.

Pasta Palazzo
1966 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614


Emma Couling, Audience Services and Ticketing Coordinator

I quite by accident discovered this fancy pants French Patisserie when I was going on a walk through the zoo a few months ago–it’s gorgeous

Vanille Patisserie
2108 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614


Emily Herrington, Marketing Assistant

My favorite place in Lincoln Park is Lincoln Station, right across the street from Victory Gardens. The food is a fresh take on pub-style comfort food and the prices for food and drinks are really great. The vibe is always low-key and easy-going. I always go for dinner when I have to stay late at work, and I almost always take advantage of the $5 baked potato deal on Thursdays!

Lincoln Station
2432. N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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