Outdoor Grill Chicago
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.