Party Earth Review A lively coffee house, restaurant, and live music venue, Uncommon Ground features nightly acts and hearty sustainable cuisine that bring in everyone from crunchy young hipsters and aging hippies to music lovers and mellow... ... read full review
3800 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Red Line: Addison, Sheridan
M–Th, Su 9am–midnight, F–Sa 9am–2am
Kitchen open M–Th until 10pm, F–Sa until midnight
WRIGLEYVILLE, CHICAGO –
A lively coffee house, restaurant, and live music venue, Uncommon Ground features nightly acts and hearty sustainable cuisine that bring in everyone from crunchy young hipsters and aging hippies to music lovers and mellow Cubs fans.
Students and artsy types in need of a caffeine kick take their books to the back room, where they attempt to study or read over the rattle of espresso machines, while an expansive front room bathed in sunlight offers a prime place for local young professionals to chat and people-watch.
A scattering of café tables and a cozy fireplace surrounded by leather armchairs, meanwhile, are usually filled with laid-back locals and hip kids devouring vegetarian chili or angering their vegan girlfriends with a hearty helping of bacon-wrapped meatloaf.
Activists and the eco-conscious usually congregate at the centerpiece of the room, a large bar serving specialty drinks as part of an “eco-cocktail” program that funds various environmental efforts around the world, while mellow music lovers make their way to the intimate performance space to nod along to whichever acoustic or folk acts are on the roster.
Uncommon Ground may cater to a wide range of people, but they clearly all come for the same reasons: coffee, cocktails, good eats, and great music.
Diverse mix of hipsters, eco-conscious young professionals, neighborhood yuppies, families, hippies, and laid-back Cubs fans before and after games, mid-20s to mid-30s+.
Nightly musical acts, mostly acoustic and folksy singer/songwriters. Yearly Jeff Buckley tribute. TV in front room. Free Wi-Fi.
Eco-friendly menu with local focus, including organic pancakes, burgers, and large salads. Full coffee house in back. Outdoor seating in summer.
Brunch menu $7–$14, lunch menu $4–$18, dinner menu $6–$25. Beer $5–$12, wine $7–$12/glass, $32–$50/bottle, cocktails $7–$10, coffee drinks $3–$9 (including spiked coffees).
Anything goes: basic t-shirts and jeans, Cubs gear, sundresses, business attire, shorts and sandals.
Any night for the live music, Fridays and Saturdays for dinner, or before or after Cubs games for a few pints.
Just down the street is Metro (3730 North Clark Street), another live music venue featuring bigger names in indie rock.