Breakfast.Lunch.Dinner | Wicker Park, Chicago


I love Chicago.

I am very excited to be living in this awesome city at this time of my life. There is so much to do and see. Jacob (my husband) and I could spend years trying to go to a different place for every meal, and we wouldn’t even come close to seeing it all!

One of the ‘happenin’ neighborhoods of Chicago is WICKER PARK.  It’s definitely known for having great restaurants, bars, shops and homes. These are some of my favorites and hope you get to try them out on your next visit!

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photos: by yours truly

BREAKFAST— Stan’s Donuts  is adorable. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but pleasing to those taste buds! My donut was incredible. I love the berry, mixed with a cream explosion center! Yummmmm! All their donuts are not listed on their site, you will have to go in to see the rotating specialty ones. There are plenty to choose from! (Also the competition–“Glazed and Confused”– is right across the street…but the line for Stan’s keeps getting longer. Sorry Glazed.)

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photos by Piece Pizza

LUNCH— Piece Pizza Picnic in Wicker Park (the actual park!). On Sunday’s, Piece has a special where you get a large pizza and beer growler for $25!!!! But it has to be to go. Do not fret. Take it to the park! Wicker Park is right around the corner…grab the pizza to go and plop down on a blanket and enjoy the sunshine and an amazing pizza!

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 photos by Big Star

DINNER — Big Star is packed. Always.  You will see why once you have a taco and a margarita (my personal fave). I have only been here three times, which doesn’t feel like enough. I am always happy I waited. They also have a window on the side you can order from, if you are on the move or don’t want to wait for a seat!

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photos by The Violet Hour

LATE NIGHT— This hidden gem is directly across from Big Star. It’s called The Violet Hour, but there is no signage–just the painted wooden facade. Get this, the paintings change. Which is awesome. A friend introduced me by just walking by what looked like a painted wall…she tugged on the door and we entered the world of crafted cocktails! I was felt like we had found a secret passage way! The Violet Hour is a place to end the night.


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