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A Taste of Heaven
Photograph: Andrew NawrockiA Taste of Heaven

Andersonville residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots

We asked notable Andersonville residents about their favorite neighborhood restaurants, shops and more

Amy Cavanaugh
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Amy Cavanaugh

Andersonville is a tight-knit neighborhood, with residents who love to support the community. We talked to a group of residents who shared why they love their north side neighborhood, which includes one of the best bookstores in Chicago, a bar devoted to craft beer and great vintage shops. Here's how to do Andersonville like a local.

Jenny Pfäfflin, Exam Manager for Cicerone Certification Program

1. Simon’s Tavern for glögg—and it’s the anchor of Andersonville!
2. Hopleaf for a Belgian beer and a CBJ sandwich
3. Pastoral for cheese!
4. Middle East Bakery and Grocery for meat pies, hummus, spices and more
5. Mercantile M for accessible vintage finds
6. Foursided for delightful ephemera
7. Svea for a Swedish diner breakfast
8. City Olive for olive oils, obviously
9. La Primera for its eclectic beer cooler
10. Ora Sushi for chef’s choice and chirashi

Kevin Romero, Miss Andersonville 2015

1. Vincent, where delightful mussels and fabulous bubbles and flowers abound
2. pH Comedy Theater for BYOB comedy: Improv! Musicals! Stand-up! Hilarity, girl!
3. BowWow Lounge for day care, boarding, retail and dog walking
4. Little Bad Wolf for mean baos, tacos, burgers and cocktails
5. Scout for hidden treasures refurbished into fierce furnishings
6. Esquire Barber Shop, the perfect place for a trim and a shave
7. Gethsemane Garden Center, to get your curb together
8. Square Nail for custom furniture
9. Toys Et Cetera, where everyone knows your child's name
10. Big Jones for brunch. Biscuits. Gravy. Yaaasss!


Allison Deerr, Fundraising Coordinator at Swedish American Museum

1. Swedish American Museum for festive events like Got Glögg? and Julmarknad
2. Jameson Loves Danger for everything a dog parent could need
3. Little Bad Wolf for burgers, bao and craft cocktails
4. Women & Children First for bibliophiles and Portlandia fans 
5. Foursided, you’ll never dread buying a birthday card again!
6. m.henry for heavenly lemon-raspberry brioche French toast
7. Simon’s Tavern for refreshing glögg slushies at Midsommarfest
8. A Taste of Heaven, for satisfying all your comfort food cravings
9. Kopi Café, for great vegetarian food and a cozy, European coffeehouse vibe
10. First Slice Pie Café, because you can never go wrong with a slice of sour cherry pie

Larry Vodak and staff at Scout

1. Taste of Lebanon: On a chilly day, a cup of the lentil soup gets you back in the game.
2. First Slice Pie Cafe: Firmly but pleasantly ask for an entire key lime pie—my father claims it’s the world’s best.
3. Cas Hardware: I think they are what Winston Churchill meant when he was heaping praise on England’s shopkeeper.
4. Tilly Boutique: Where else are you going to find the raincoat worn by Patty Duke in Valley of the Dolls?
5. Andersonville Wine & Spirits brings sophisticated wines and spirits to the highbrow and lowbrow of the neighborhood.


Erin Delahanty, Associate Publisher Time Out Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco

1. The Neo-Futurists for the most intense and fun 60 minutes
2. Big Jones for brunch with a side of beignets
3. George's Ice Cream & Sweets for #yousalty ice cream
4. m. henry for blackberry bliss pancakes
5. Reza's for takeout food meant for one that could feed everyone you know
6. The Coffee Studio for good coffee and a peanut butter chocolate cookie while you work
7. Borderline for hard-to-find records and the newest hits
8. Gethsemane for flowers, Christmas trees, terrariums and plants year-round 
9. Women and Children First for one of the best selections of books in the city, plus great programming
10. Brimfield for wishing you had held onto all that old crap in your parents' garage

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