The Bourgeois Pig Café
The experience of the Bourgeois Pig in Lincoln Park is always a surprise; in the food’s pretentious deliciousness, the old-wood atmosphere, or the sheer size of the building(s?) it lives in. You can hide away in any of a dozen subdivided nooks in the upper floors, which should never be able to fit into that amount of space, or mingle downstairs with the culturally hip of the neighborhood, who should never be allowed to have such revealing personal conversations as loud as they do. Or you can street watch from the patio. Be forewarned: it lives up to its name, in as good a way as is possible.
738 West Fullerton, (773)883-5282, bpigcafe.com
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