In The Neighborhood: Andersonville
A quick, fifteen-minute drive on Lake Shore Drive or Red Line CTA trip from The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile will bring you to Andersonville, a homey neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. With an eclectic mix of inhabitants, Andersonville has many specialty shops and eateries that reflect a local, independent spirit not found in every locale.
So if you want a taste of authentic Chicago, journey up north where the locals live. You’ll be well armed to explore with our picks of places to eat, drink, shop and more in this unique Chicago neighborhood.
One of the most popular new restaurants in Chicago, Little Bad Wolf, can be found on the far north end of Andersonville. Locals flock to this eatery for its extensive selection of craft beers, artisanal cocktails, wines by the glass and upscale bar food. Little Bad Wolf also stays open late so you can get your cheeseburger fix post-midnight.
Chicago’s largest martinis are located at Marty’s Martini Bar, a true hidden gem. The intimate, elegantly appointed bar makes you feel like you’re in a bygone era with the old-school bartender uniforms, vintage barware and retro vibe. If you don’t fancy a martini, don’t worry – Marty’s also features an extensive wine list also served oversized.
Clark Street, the main shopping area in Andersonville is brimming with vintage and specialty stores but our top pick is Brimfield. The home décor shop includes furniture and vintage, repurposed objects for any budget, and in a nod to its name (owner Julie Fernstrom’s favorite plaid) there is a wall of plaid blankets in every size. Make sure to check out the spacious and fabulously styled event space upstairs.
Andersonville is commonly known as the “Little Sweden” of Chicago since the area has Swedish roots dating back to the 19th century. For over 40 years the Swedish American Museum has welcomed visitors and the 24,000 sq. ft. cultural mecca. It features multiple exhibits, library, genealogy center (for finding those roots) and a museum store. Admission is affordable at $10 for families, adults $4 and children $3.