Outdoor Grill Chicago
in Chicago's Avondale
3265 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 202-9980
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Avondale was originally part of the town of Jefferson, an early Chicago suburb. Following annexation in 1889, Avondale became an official Chicago community area. Industry prompted the arrival of European immigrants in the early 1900s with Germans, Scandinavians and Poles flocking to this emerging working class neighborhood in search of jobs, property and the advantages of American life. With a growing Latino population, Avondale's European heritage is less evident today, but the tight-knit, family-oriented vibe is still firmly entrenched in the neighborhood's blue collar roots. Avondale's residential streets feature single-family homes, bungalows, two-flat walkups, multi-unit courtyard buildings, in addition to new construction town-homes and condominiums.
Older Avondale residents may recall the Riverview Amusement Park, which was in operation from 1903 until 1967. Riverview was located just across the North Branch of the Chicago River along Avondale's western border. The site, once occupied by rollercoasters and merry-go-rounds, is now a shopping center called River View Plaza. Ironically this area continues to be a major neighborhood destination, although this time around the draw is great sales at Dominick's and Jewel.
Sports and outdoor enthusiasts head to the five-acre Avondale Park to enjoy basketball courts, the swimming pool and open green space, right in the heart of the neighborhood. The park has gymnastic and cheerleading camps and the city's "Community Gardens in the Parks" program is available for aspiring green thumbs. Also a popular recreation spot in Avondale, Brands Park offers a place to play basketball and tennis, but what brings the families out in droves during the summer are "Movies in the Park," a chance to view older films on the big screen while sitting under the beautiful night sky.
New China Buffet, Buffet Castle, White Castle, Subway, Little Caesar's - Avondale has some decent chain and independent restaurant options. However, when Avondale residents crave something extra special, there are a few neighborhood mainstays that regularly attract the appetites. The Outdoor Grill is a Chicago hotspot that boasts some of the best gourmet burgers in the city. With limited hours of operation, Outdoor Grill gets 'em lining up out the door for a taste of the Steak Fajitas, Beefs and Gyros, the Maxwell Street Polish, or the classic known simply as The Dog, done up Chicago-style, of course. Another Avondale gem for fabulous culinary delights is Chief O'Neill's. This Irish restaurant and pub is named after turn-of-the-century Police Chief, Francis O'Neill, who was known for both his bravery and his honesty. The fare here is a far cry from your typical bar food. Instead you'll find favorites like fish and chips, Irish stew, shepherd's pie - oh, and Chief O'Neill's can truly boast one of the best beer garden's in the city - this is one we'll let you check out for yourself.
With a "death metal" theme dominating the atmosphere by way of piped-in music, pierced and tattooed staff, and a menu sporting metal band-named dishes, Kuma's Corner is a haven for lovers of beers, burgers, and, of course, heavy metal. Kuma's burgers are touted as some of the best in Chicago. Try the Black Sabbath (chili and pepper jack cheese), the Iron Maiden (avocado, pepper jack and chipotle), or the Metallica (buffalo sauce, bacon and bleu cheese dressing), all served on a pretzel roll with a heaping side of fries. Fill your head with metal, your gut with meat and rock on! Oddo's is an Avondale fave for pizza (pan, deep-dish or thin-crust) but the menu also has a selection of pasta plates. This cozy, dimly-lit neighborhood joint has been a fixture in the local dining district for fifty years, so you know Oddo's has to be doing something right! For margarita's and tasty Mexican cuisine, check out the offerings at La Finca. Roscoe Village's MoJoe's Cafe has a new Avondale Park sibling called MoJoe's Hothouse. Featuring a homey 1950s-style decor and playing mostly jazz and blues for its coffee drinking patrons, the Hothouse also has regular live music and poetry performances.
Turning the focus to Avondale retail, you'll see this northwest neighborhood has both urban fashion fatigues and some niche market merchandise. Laying claim as the first Islamic bookstore in America, as well as the first to take their shop to the Internet, Kazi Publications Bookstore specializes in Islamic literature in an array of categories. For clothing and accessories, trendy Avondale residents hit up Avenue, which is the ultimate spot for the full-figured gal to find her perfect dress size along with some great jewelry to go with the outfit. Dots Fashion and Discovery Clothing Co. stocks inexpensive apparel, handbags, belts, necklaces and more.
Avondale residents can get around the neighborhood via CTA public transportation, which includes several bus routes and the Blue Line L train. The Blue Line makes two stops in Avondale - one at Belmont (on Avondale's southern border) and another on Addison (on the neighborhood's northern edge). The Kedzie/California bus runs north/south as do the Western Avenue and Pulaski Avenue buses, which both offer late night Owl service. To cross the neighborhood from east to west, hop on the Belmont or Addison buses. Avondale residents with their own cars have a straightforward commute to downtown because the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) slices right through the neighborhood and heads directly to the Loop.