Bridgeport, Chicago Places

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Bridgeport, including Scoops, Saint Mary of Perpetual Help and Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar.
  • The best place in Bridgeport Chicago: Scoops


    608 W 31st St
    A deceptively old fashioned neighborhood ice cream parlor offering homemade ice cream in a non-old fashioned variety of flavors. They also happen to have free WiFi and homemade cannoli.
    Armour Square
  • Saint Mary of Perpetual Help

    Saint Mary of Perpetual Help

    1039 W 32nd St
    Another massive, opulent church of the Polish Cathedral Style, built in 1882.
    Bridgeport eat nearby
  • Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

    Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

    960 W 31st St
    Su-F 11AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-3AM. Longtime Chicago scenester Ed Marszewski and his brother Mike have re-launched their mother's stalwart bar and liquor store as a community bar. Expect regular performances from 90s no-wave and post-rock bands, electronic artists and performance artists. Ed's connections to the art scene are broad and deep (he's thrown parties at venues ranging from warehouses to the MCA), so the entertainment should be good.
  • Armour Square Park

    Armour Square Park

    3309 S Shields Ave
    M-F 9AM-10PM, Sa Su 9AM-5PM. A good place to play some baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, or take a dip in the pool. Occasional events include outdoor movie screenings.
    Armour Square food nearby
  • Bridgeport Coffee Company

    Bridgeport Coffee Company

    3101 S Morgan St
    M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 8AM-7PM. Starbucks doesn't exist in Bridgeport and in this coffeehouse, the staff knows their customers by name. Features original blends roasted in house and some excellent loose-leaf teas. Free wireless, live jazz on Sundays, and live blues on Wednesdays.
  • Gio's Cafe & Deli

    Gio's Cafe & Deli

    2724 S Lowe Ave
    Some of Chicago's best Italian is hidden in a tiny checkerboard tablecloth deli, more resembling a grocery store than a restaurant, hidden further still in the residential streets of Bridgeport. It's also, as you might expect, a steal of a bargain. Delicious Italian pastas, chicken, and panini.
    Armour Square
  • Grandstand

    600 W 35th St
    M-F noon-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A store with extensive inventory of sports memorabilia. A good place to pick up a reproduction Negro League jersey or rare baseball cards.
    Armour Square
  • Zhou B Art Center

    1029 W 35th St
    A big arts center in the heart of Bridgeport hosting three contemporary painting galleries: Oskar Friedl, 33 Collective, and the Zhou Brothers Art Foundation, as well as the eerie abstracts and mixed-media experiments of 4Art. The Oskar Friedl Gallery in particular really warrants a visit as it is one of the city's better spots for avant-garde works. The cafe/bar inside is also pretty fantastic. Check ahead to make sure the gallery that interests you is open. The whole huge place is open to wander around on the 3rd Friday of each month.
    Bridgeport eat nearby
  • Augustine's Eternal Gifts

    3327 S Halsted St
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-6PM. A store full of everything spiritual: from a rosary and cross collection to occult tomes and voodoo powders. Knowledgeable and helpful staff.
  • Pleasant House Bakery

    Pleasant House Bakery

    964 W 31st St
  • Ed's Potsticker House

    3139 S Halsted St
    Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F Sa 10AM-11PM. One of Chicago's great neighborhood restaurants, though you would never know it from the inauthentic sounding name. Chicago's Chinese community more and more bleeds across neighborhood boundaries into Bridgeport proper, and this restaurant is the showcase of the culinary possibilities this creates for the area. It's a mom and pop run Chinese restaurant specializing in Northern Chinese cuisine. There are a lot of great dishes on the menu (hint, not the ones you've heard of before) — aim for the lamb cumin, soup dumplings, or the whole Szechuan style tilapia.
  • Pancho Pistola's

    700 W 31st St
    M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-10PM. $8-15. Authentic and very solid food in a nice sit-down family owned Mexican restaurant notable for its great margaritas. One of Bridgeport's trendiest restaurants (there aren't a lot of those).
  • U.S. Cellular Field

    U.S. Cellular Field

    333 W 35th St
    U.S. Cellular Field is a baseball park in Chicago, Illinois. Owned by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, it is the home of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball's American League. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at the original Comiskey Park. The new park, completed at a cost of US$167 million, also opened with the Comiskey Park name, but became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003 after U.S. Cellular bought the naming rights at $68 million over 20 years. It hosted the MLB All-Star Game that same year. Many sportscasters and fans continue to use the name Comiskey Park. Prior to its demolition, the old Comiskey Park was the oldest in-use ballpark in Major League Baseball, a title now held by Fenway Park in Boston.
    Armour Square food nearby
  • Polo Cafe & Catering Bridgeport USA

    3322 S Morgan St
    lunch: M-F 11AM-3PM, dinner: W 6PM-8PM, F Sa 5PM-9PM, brunch: Sa 9AM-2PM. $15-40. A fine Bridgeport steakhouse decked with Mayor Daley-worship decor. Show up early on Saturday for the "Bloody Mary Brunch" and try "The Mayor's Steak and Eggs."
  • Mitchell's Tap

    3356 S Halsted St
    Su-F 11AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-3AM. cover on Sa only: $3-5. Lots of different kinds of beer, bowling, golf machines, and frequent live music.
  • Ricobene's


    252 W 26th St
    M-Th 11AM-midnight, F Sa 11AM-1:30AM, Su 11AM-11:30PM. $4-12. With one exception the food here is uninspired, but the atmosphere is extreme Bridgeport, and it's a great place to bring kids. The exception is the Italian breaded steak sandwich, yet another neighborhood "delicacy," which it does better than anyone. There's nothing subtle about it — a big ol' breaded steak on chewy Italian bread, optionally drenched in red sauce, plus cheese, and hot or sweet giardinera. Don't order the king size unless you like to view your meal as a challenge.
    Armour Square
  • Han 202

    Han 202

    605 W 31st St
    High class, trendy dining on the cheap! The ethnic makeup of this section of town might fool you, but "Asian Fusion" is about as unlikely as a Utah brewpub. Bridgeport is a decidedly non-trendy neighborhood. But the neighborhood's new Han 202 has taken off, and its chef's cooking has attracted favorable comparisons to some of the flashiest and most esteemed in the city. The rave reviews are no doubt reinforced by the extraordinary deal — $25 for a fixed price five-course meal, plus BYOB with no corkage fee.
    Armour Square
  • Lina's Pizza

    Lina's Pizza

    3132 S Morgan St
    Lina's Pizza has been a neighborhood mainstay serving pizza since 1982.
  • Pancho Pistolas

    Pancho Pistolas

    700 W 31st St
  • Jackalope Coffee & Tea House

    Jackalope Coffee & Tea House

    755 W 32nd St
  • Carbón


    300 W 26th St
  • Tacos Erendira

    3207 S Halsted St
  • Nana


    3267 S. Halsted (at 33rd St)
  • Freddie's Pizza & Pasta Parlor

    701 W 31st St
  • Phil's Pizza

    3551 S Halsted St
  • Zhoub Cafe

    1029 W 35th St
    Certainly the most stylish hang-out in Bridgeport, the cafe/lounge is a nice place to relax on the couches, surf the free WiFi, and have a glass of wine.
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