We count our coworking blessings daily and much of that comes down to sharing space with so many vibrant entrepreneurs and professionals.
We also love the many amenities that come with coworking in awesome Chicago neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Ravenswood. So, we give you “A Day In The Life Of A Coworker,” our new series detailing things to do, places to go, and people to see in the neighborhoods we call home.
To kick it off, here is what we’d consider a perfect day of dining in Wicker Park.
Breakfast: Birchwood Kitchen
If you haven’t been to Birchwood Kitchen yet, you…must…go. Boasting some of the very best sandwiches in Chicago, or anywhere, they also serve breakfast. Go basic with the “Sourdough Waffle,” or have a light, healthy snack like the “Avocado Toast,” avocado on multigrain toast with lime-marinated cucumbers, pea shoots, and sambal-roasted peanuts. The “Croque Madame” is another favorite of ours, a classic French sandwich with ham, gruyete, grainy mustard, suny eggs, and fresh greens. The quiche is also sublime and is changed daily. Try Birchwood Kitchen, then thank us for turning you on to this neighborhood gem.
Lunch: Handlebar, En Hakkore, Podhalanka
Lunch being the critical meal of a coworkers’ day, we couldn’t choose just one. There are many varied and critically-acclaimed lunch options in Wicker Park. Here are three of our favorites.
Handlebar: Handlebar, a long-time Wicker Park favorite serves “made-from-scratch vegetarian and vegan comfort food. We recommend the “Black Bean Maduro,” made with sweet plantains, brown rice, cheese, pico, black beans, and a spicy chipotle-tomato sauce.
En Hakkore: We mainly stop by En Hakkore for the enormous bowls of bibimbap, but this eclectic, counter-service spots serves other Korean classics. The wide-ranging menu also serves tacos, sandwiches and sushi.
Podhalanka: This Polish spot is about as old school as it gets. Situated right next to the Chopin Theatre, it’s a must-stop when it comes to Polish fare in Chicago. The Podhalanka experience is akin to stopping by your Polish grandmother’s kitchen—whether you have one or not.
Dinner: Mott Street
One of our absolute favorites, Mott Street is the product of a superb kitchen team trained at the nearby Ruxbin, an elite BYO restaurant. They serve high-level comfort food in a very family-friendly atmosphere. They also boast an excellent beverage selection, should you chose to partake. We suggest trying the “Short Rib.” It’s marinated and grilled with tamale pave, jalapeno yogurt and radish. The menu is filled with varied meat, chicken and seafood selections. We enjoy lounging on their comfortable outdoor patio when the weather is warm.
Enjoy your day of dining in Wicker Park. If you’re already a member of Platform Coworking, let us know if you’ve tried any of these spots. If you’re new to the neighborhood, set up an appointment to see our coworking space in Wicker Park, just Click Here.