Distance from downtown: 8.1 miles Via: Blue Line Best for: Booze Go: Afternoon, evening
PARSONS This is the summer hangout, complete with a shipping-container bar and Negroni slushies. The contemporary fish-and-chicken shack (from the folks at Longman & Eagle) has ample outdoor seating for a casual night out on the town. (If heading here Thursday night, just fall in with this crew and you’ll hit some of the best bars in the city.)
REVOLUTION BREWING The craft beer revolution laid siege to Chicago several years ago, and on the front lines was this Wrap Architecture-designed brewpub (and now full-scale brewing facility) just off the California Blue Line. The food is delicious, but if you’re not up for waiting an hour for a table, grab a Double Fist double IPA at the Tap Room in Avondale (it’s easy to miss, so map it ahead of time).
BANG BANG PIE Few places this small have made a bigger splash in Logan Square. Folks line up around the block for the homemade biscuits, scratch-made pies, and delicious candied bacon. If they have it on the seasonal menu, try the Summer Pie: sage ice cream on a graham-cracker crust topped with berries.
LOGAN SQUARE FARMER’S MARKET If you’re still in town Sunday, don’t miss Chicago’s best farmer’s market, along Logan Boulevard. It’s not just local produce: some of the best restaurants in the city set up booths, and you can taste your way through the neighborhood all in a single morning.
L’PATRON Some of the best Mexican food in the city is charred on the grill at L’Patron. Mouth-watering tacos al pastor, giant vegetarian burritos, and a delicious take on guacamole (all at super-affordable prices) make this stop worth the side trip up California Avenue.