As Spring brings warmer weather, it is time to be reminded of all the wonderful family friendly restaurants and coffee shops that offer outdoor dining in North Center.   One of the great benefits of living in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood is that a restaurant seems to always be around the corner or at least within a short walking distance.

Who can pass up a homemade ice cream delight from Margie’s Candies just east of the Montrose brown line el stop at Montrose/Honore?   Take home some homemade candy for later.

Glenn’s Diner on Montrose just west of the Montrose brown line el stop offers daily fresh seafood specials and a diner atmosphere.

Starbucks Coffee at the northwest corner of Montrose and Wolcott offers a few tables outside to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Chicago’s Pizza and Pasta offers pizza and Italian food that can be enjoyed down the street at Montrose just west of Wolcott.

A popular intersection for outdoor dining is Lincoln/Leavitt/Montrose.   There one can eat at Bowman’s Bar and Grill (southwest corner) for traditional American fare or Julius Meinl (southeast corner) for a more European flair.

Jury’s Restaurant down the street at Lincoln/Pensacola offers highly reviewed burgers, sandwiches, salads, high-end entrees, and more.

The Red Eyes Coffee shop at Lincoln/Berteau provides early morning outdoor seating.

O’Donovan’s Pub and Restaurant at the corner of Irving Park/Hoyne offers better than average bar food, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and great weekly specials such as $2.00 burgers on Mondays, $6. 95 half slab of ribs on Thursdays, $9.95 strip steak dinner on Saturdays, and a prime rib dinner for $9.95 on Sundays.   The steak dinner is a particular favorite in my household.

There is always something on the menu for everyone. It is very family friendly and accommodates group celebrations from local North Center schools such as the Schools of St. Benedict, Coonley Elementary, and Bell Elementary School.   An added family draw on week-end evenings is the personalized table magic performed by a roaming magician which is a tradition carried on from its original roots when it operated as Schulien’s.

Chicago Joe’s at the northeast corner of Irving Park /Oakley is another fine eating establishment in North Center that offers good American fare with outdoor seating.

These are just a few of the North Center eating establishments where you can enjoy the warm weather and dine “al fresco” Chicago style.   Bon appetit!

Ann Marie Walker, Move with Maggie Team

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