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Neighborhood Hotspots: Lincoln Park

October 24, 2017

This post was a Tide Spin post. Tide Spin has now merged with Pressbox to create Tide Cleaners.


Just when you think you’ve discovered it all, five new restaurants and a bar open up over the weekend...or so it seems like when you live in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.


For all the time you are saving from not doing laundry or dry cleaning, let this Neighborhood Hotspot serve as your Tide Spin guide to some of Lincoln Park’s most popular joints.



  Del Seoul / Photo Credit; Lion + Maven


It’s easier to ask what Lincoln Park’s food scene doesn’t have versus what it does, so be sure to dine with some decisive people. Lucky for us, Tide Spin’s Marketing Coordinator Nicole gave us the tip on our first food recommendation.


  1. Del Seoul Korean Street Food--If you’ve never been here before, the staff will tell you to try their infamous K-Town Chicken Wings first (pictured): jumbo (and we mean jumbo) wings smothered in a sweet soy, chili and garlic glaze. Be sure to add a side of kimchi for an extra kick to your plate. Otherwise, opt for a Bulgogi “Bahn Mi” Sandwich, or share a variety of Korean BBQ tacos.

  2. Toro Sushi--There’s no lack of sushi places in Lincoln Park. but the long lines on Saturday night say something about the incredibly fresh fish at this BYOB sushi spot. It’s not the cheapest on the list, but the variety of rolls in generous portions are totally worth it. Toro Sushi is tiny inside, so it’s better to come with a smaller group on a random weeknight.

  3. The Budlong Hot Chicken--Get your Nashville-style hot fried chicken fix at this relatively new addition to Armitage Avenue. Adding to the finger-lickin’ goodness is the fact that their chicken is locally sourced and antibiotic and hormone free. Each plate is served with a thick slice of Texas toast and a homemade pickle, but we bet you won’t resist adding a buttery biscuit or two.




Barrelhouse Flat / Source; Yelp


It’s easy to think of Lincoln Park as a bar scene limited to college kids on Lincoln Ave., but there is some refuge for those looking for a classic old-fashioned or martini amidst the DePaul bars.


  1. The Barrelhouse Flat--Considered one of the city’s “finest cocktail spots,” the Barrelhouse Flat even made it to Esquire’s Best Bars in America list. Choose from one of the classics or leave it up to the bartender to whip up something magical in this swanky establishment. Tide Spin Business Development Manager Samantha highly recommends the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail.

  2. Ignoble Wine Bar--This newcomer is already making a splash with a near-stellar Yelp rating. The wine bar features an affordable selection of interesting wines, craft beers and cocktails, as well as good food to pair with your flights of wine. Its casual atmosphere is a better option for those chill nights out.

  3. J. Parker--The outdoor rooftop seating may be closed for the season, but the 13th floor view is just as spectacular inside the bar’s top-to-bottom glass window enclosure. Take a tour around the world with their country-specific drink inspirations, such as Spain’s “Vino de Sol” or Puerto Rico’s “Enchanted Fruit.” Stay tuned for their announcement of fall cocktails.




 Molly's Cupcakes / Source: Facebook


Lincoln Park is home to legendary entertainment establishments, expansive parks (like Oz Park), great shopping along Halsted and Armitage, and amazing desserts for that sweet-tooth craving. Be sure to pay a visit to these Lincoln Park gems at least once in during your time in the Windy City.


  1. Molly’s Cupcakes--From gooey cake batter to tart key lime pie, Molly’s cupcakes are stuffed with incredible fillings and topped with icing that NEVER seems like it’s too much. You can enjoy your cupcake(s) sitting on one of the suspended indoor swings, or grab a table and one of the many board games stocked inside the shop. An honorable mention for sweets goes to Sweet Mandy B’s on Webster.

  2. Kingston Mines--Chicago is synonymous with “blues” around the world, so it would be a shame not to visit the neighborhood blues joint, which also happens to be the largest and oldest continuously-operating blues club in Chicago. The spot is also a date-night favorite for Tide Spin CEO David and his wife. Forget about your laundry, grab some beers and dance the night away!

  3. The Second City--This Lincoln Park establishment is famous for producing some of the biggest names in comedy, including John Belushi, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Bill Murray. Catch a showing of The Best of The Second City on Mondays at 8 p.m. or weekends at 4 p.m. for a taste of some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from over the last 50 years.





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