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A Night Out In Chicago’s Wicker Park

November 7, 2013 6:00 AM

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Chicago is an eclectic city made up of a number of different neighborhoods. Whether you’re in Chinatown or Ukrainian Village, there seems to be a unique community depending on what you’re in the mood for. Take advantage of the Wicker Park area for some great nightlife, whether you’re looking for a dive bar or an upscale dining and drinking experience. Take a stroll down Division Street and find out how you can see the best of Wicker Park on foot.

(Credit: Amy Cavanaugh)

(Credit: Amy Cavanaugh)

Bangers & Lace
1670 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-6499
www.bangersandlacechicago.com

Don’t be fooled by the lodge-style décor complete with fireplace as this is a one-of-a-kind spot that will have you coming back time and time again. The extensive draft selection offers everything you might expect and even specialty items like peach-, blueberry- or pear-flavored beer. The menu has some classic dishes with a unique twist, like chorizo deviled eggs or grilled corn with jalapeno cream. Items on the menu range from Middle Eastern lamb flatbread to Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. If you’re looking for some great food, specialty drafts and a fun late night spot, check out Bangers & Lace open every day of the week.

Gold Star Bar
1755 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-8700
www.facebook.com/pages/Gold-Star-Bar

Just about a block down from Bangers & Lace, Gold Star Bar is on the cusp of Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park. Filled with a laid-back atmosphere, you can check your snooty attitude at the door and just relax with friends. Whether you’re looking for ultra cheap drinks, beer specials or the free popcorn, this is a late-night spot that will welcome you to become a regular. Play some of your favorite tunes on the jukebox or play a game of pool while drinking with friends.

(Credit: The Fifty/50's Facebook)

(Credit: The Fifty/50′s Facebook)

The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
www.thefifty50.com

While the menu consistently features classic American cuisine, there are some great seasonal food specials like house-made Burrata cheese and fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell. Locals come for the signature cocktails, shots and discount prices. Each day of the week features its own discount special. Whether your thing is the $2 domestic beer bottle specials on Mondays or the $20 mimosa buckets on Sundays, there is something for everyone at The Fifty 50. Check out the website to book a private party or for upcoming special event information.

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The Bedford
1612 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-8800
www.bedfordchicago.com

Although the dive bars may have their place, The Bedford offers an upscale atmosphere combined with top-notch cuisine. While you can still order French fries or macaroni and cheese, the upscale twist to classic comfort food can be extra decadent. Open until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, there are no reservations necessary for those looking for a great late-night spot for drinks. Take advantage of a place worthy of those new pair of shoes you’ve been wanting to wear and check out The Bedford.

The Boundary Tavern & Grille
1932 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-1919
www.boundarychicago.com

While the regular menu is a feat in and of itself, the specials are created weekly by the chefs for an extra treat. There are six sister locations scattered around the city, but the Wicker Park location has been a staple in the neighborhood for over five years. The Boundary Tavern & Grille is open until 2 a.m. daily with a 3 a.m. extension on Saturdays. There is a huge selection of ales for the beer enthusiast, a great selection of wines and some flavorful signature cocktails. People come for the food but stay for the drinks, so make sure to check out this local favorite for a contemporary twist on classic food and drinks.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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