Irving Park, Chicago Places

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Irving Park, including Smoque BBQ, Carl Schurz High School and Lincoln Antique Mall.
  • The best place in Irving Park Chicago: Smoque BBQ

    Smoque BBQ

    3800 N Pulaski Rd
    Su,Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. $4-21. This new, but very serious barbecue joint serves the best barbecue on the North Side of Chicago. If the brisket and ribs don't satisfy your refined palate, though, you should try the offerings on the Southwest Side before giving up on Chicago barbecue.
    Irving Park
  • Carl Schurz High School

    Carl Schurz High School

    3601 N Milwaukee Ave
    A massive 1910 Prairie School masterpiece by Dwight Perkins, possibly the biggest example of the architectural style, and still a working high school. It's an impressive sight.
    Irving Park eat nearby
  • Lincoln Antique Mall

    Lincoln Antique Mall

    3115 W Irving Park Rd
    An intriguing antique mall in Irving Park with space for dozens of dealers whose eras and offerings vary from Spanish oil paintings to vintage cookbooks. Reportedly, it's a favorite stop for film set designers.
    Irving Park
  • Kuma's Corner

    Kuma's Corner

    2900 W Belmont Ave
  • Abbey Pub

    Abbey Pub

    3420 W Grace St
    Box office 11AM-2AM. $8-20. One of Chicago's essential music venues. The Irish trappings aside, the Abbey Pub does a wider range of great music than almost anywhere else in the city — from surrealist hip hop to English folk rock, with loud stuff, Irish stuff, bluegrass stuff, and foot-stomping stuff thrown in.
    Irving Park
  • Hot Doug's

    Hot Doug's

    3324 N California Ave
    There are no two finer words in the English language than "encased meats," my Facebook friends.
  • City Newsstand

    4018 N Cicero Ave
    An estimated 60 newspapers and 6,000 magazines from everywhere and south of there, with imports from Prague, Italy, and some kid's basement in Omaha. If it's in print, you stand a very good chance of finding it here.
    Irving Park
  • Prop Thtr

    3502 N Elston Ave
    Most shows $32, $22 students. Prop is the best place in Chicago to see smart, exciting new dramatic theater, from "Porno Zombies" to Daley biographies. The current production will almost certainly be worth seeing, but the New Plays Festival in July offers two shows and a slew of live readings.
    Avondale eat nearby
  • Sears

    4730 W Irving Park Rd
    M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-7PM. This was a million-dollar store when it was built in the 1930s, and it still thrives despite the economic downturn at the Six Corners. Nothing fancy, but the building has some interest as a retail time capsule of sorts.
    Irving Park
  • Horner Park

    Horner Park

    2741 W Montrose Avenue
    Great big wonderful park with plenty of softball fields, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, trees, and a nice walking path. The leafy surroundings make it a great place for the annual pumpkin patch in the fall.
    Albany Park food nearby
  • St. Wenceslaus Church

    3400 N Monticello Ave
    The other monumental religious edifice that dominates the Avondale skyline, it is considered to be "one of the best examples of the fusion of Art Deco stylings with medieval European architecture in the city of Chicago." Although the historic church is a stop for many of the tourists visiting the landmark Villa District, this majestic Romanesque-Art Deco hybrid is actually a few blocks south of the district's formal boundaries.
    Avondale eat nearby
  • Sabatino's Restaurant and Lounge

    Sabatino's Restaurant and Lounge

    4441 W Irving Park Rd
    M-Tu,Th 11AM-11:30PM, W 11AM-midnight, F 11AM-12:30AM, Sa 4PM-12:30AM, Su 12-10:30PM. $14-29. Another fine choice for forgotten-by-time Chicago-Italian ambiance and reasonable prices, with strolling violins Monday through Thursday. It's close to the expressway as well as the train, and offers free valet parking.
    Irving Park
  • Arun's Thai Restaurant

    Arun's Thai Restaurant

    4156 N Kedzie Ave
    Su,Tu-Th 5-10PM, F-Sa 5-10:30PM. prix-fixe meal: $85. One of the finest Thai establishments in the world, including Thailand. One book named it to a list of places to visit throughout the world before you die.
    Irving Park
  • Noon O Kabab

    4661 N Kedzie Ave
    M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. $7-17. Persian food that deservedly earns rave reviews, particularly the polo (seasoned rice) dishes. Meals come with some tasty complimentary appetizers. It's a great take-out option, too.
    Albany Park
  • Dharma Garden

    3109 W Irving Park Rd
    Su,Tu-Th 11AM-10PM, M 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. $8-$14. There are several worthwhile Thai restaurants in Irving Park, but Dharma Garden serves vegetarians and seafood lovers especially well, with an emphasis on natural ingredients and healthy preparation.
    Irving Park
  • Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

    Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

    3471 N Elston Ave
    M-Th 4PM-2AM, F 11AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-3AM, Su 10AM-2AM. Colorful Irish pub in Avondale with a beer garden and very popular food, including Sunday brunch (10:30AM-3PM).
  • Pumping Station: One

    Pumping Station: One

    3354 N Elston Ave
    Pumping Station: One is a non-profit organization, commonly referred to as a hackerspace, in Chicago, Illinois. It is modeled after similar organizations located in the United States and Europe. The facilities consists of 2,000 square feet workspace and 2,000 square feet storage.
    Avondale eat nearby
  • Hot Doug's

    3324 N California Ave
    In a town known for its sausages (the Chicago-style hot dog), Hot Doug's is unique and nationally renowned. The restaurant only sells sausages but amongst its menu you'll run across bacon sausages, venison sausages, ostrich sausages, and other sausages made from exotic game. These are always done with a gourmet flair, such as Guinness mustard or feta cheese. In addition, on F and S, they offer french fries made with rendered duck fat; it's an interesting treat. However, the line is often out the door.
  • Montrose Saloon

    2933 W Montrose Ave
    A truly beautiful dive bar with games, cheap beer, and a schedule of events that includes a bluegrass jam on the second Wednesday of every month.
    Albany Park
  • Mirabell


    3454 W Addison St
    M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-8PM. $16-25. For many years, the foremost outpost of German (and Hungarian) food outside of Lincoln Square. Waitresses in traditional costumes, oompah bands, beer steins, and a noted selection of Hummel figurines set the Bavarian atmosphere for heaping portions of food.
  • Pork Shoppe

    Pork Shoppe

    2755 W. Belmont
    American BBQ
  • Bread & Wine

    Bread & Wine

    3732 W Irving Park Road
    Bread & Wine is a neighborhood restaurant, wine bar and market specializing in fresh, original, New American farm to table fare.
    Irving Park
  • Francisco Brown Line CTA

    Francisco Brown Line CTA

    4648 N Francisco Ave
  • Prop Theatre

    Prop Theatre

    3502 N Elston Ave
  • Factory Theater

    Factory Theater

    3502 N Elston Ave
  • Delphina - Psychic Medium

    Delphina - Psychic Medium

    4210 W Irving Park
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