Spending time in North Center? Get to know this Chicago neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a barber shop to a German restaurant.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in North Center, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Iron Heritage Grooming Co.
Topping the list is barber shop, men's clothing and cosmetics and beauty supply spot Iron Heritage Grooming Co. Located at 2041 W. Belle Plaine Ave. (between Lincoln and Hoyne avenues), it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 40 reviews on Yelp.
The products used at Iron Heritage are handcrafted with no animal testing. The barber shop offers apparel, beard products, combs, brushes, boy products and more.
2. Laschet's Inn
Next up is pub and German spot Laschet's Inn, situated at 2119 W. Irving Park Road (between Hamilton and Hoyne avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 482 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
The restaurant specializes in German food and beer. On the menu, look for the grilled bratwurst, knackwurst and Thuringer sausage served with sauerkraut or the jumbo Bavarian pretzel.
3. The Bad Apple
Beer bar and traditional American spot The Bad Apple, which offers burgers and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 4300 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Cullom and Pensacola avenues), four stars out of 1,518 reviews.
The Bad Apple specializes in burgers using natural ingredients. The dressings and sauces are made from scratch, they cure their own bacon and make their own house pickles.
4. Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe
Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe, a bakery and cafe, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 130 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3720 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Waveland Avenue and Grace Street) to see for yourself.
The cafe serves quiche, breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. The bakery offers a variety of scones including cheddar chive, mixed berry and vegan chocolate chip.
5. The Chicago House of Za Vegan Pizzeria
Check out The Chicago House of Za Vegan Pizzeria, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 199 reviews on Yelp. You can find the vegan spot, which offers pizza and more, at 1939 W. Byron (between Lincoln and Damen avenues).
The pizzeria makes thin crust, pan and stuffed vegan pies. On the menu, look for the Italian with Italian sausage, tomatoes and basil or the Michaelangelo with spicy seitan pepperoni and basil.