Party Earth Review Its motto is “Eat, Sleep, Whiskey,” which pretty much sums up the hipster and foodie paradise – and Michelin star-rated restaurant – that is Longman & Eagle. Unlike venues that normally get Michelin’s approval, however... ... read full review
2657 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Blue Line: Logan Square
M–F, Su 9am–2am, Sa 9am–3am
Logan Square, Chicago –
Its motto is “Eat, Sleep, Whiskey,” which pretty much sums up the hipster and foodie paradise – and Michelin star-rated restaurant – that is Longman & Eagle.
Unlike venues that normally get Michelin’s approval, however, L&E is devoid of white tablecloths and crystal glasses; instead, the vibe is casual, the décor minimal, and suit jackets are definitely not required.
Wood planks and exposed ductwork give the front room a rustic modern look, as do the tatted up regulars who belly up to the charcoal-lacquered bar for daily brunch or a few beers and craft cocktails. Dark tables and a couple dozen booths fill the rest of the space; a barebones design repeated in the back room where unpretentious couples and artsy Logan Square residents ponder which of the forty $3 whiskey shots they want to try.
A small patio expands capacity a bit in summer, but even that does little to waylay the consistent evening crowds, who file in en masse with their cool vintage duds and band t-shirts a-blazin’ for roasted marrow bones and wild boar Sloppy Joes.
Out-of-towners looking for a kitsch-free Chicago experience might be especially grateful for the inn upstairs, where six simple but immaculate guest rooms can also cater to locals who don’t feel like finding their way home.
Whether the clientele is visiting from Denmark or has just stumbled down the street, Longman & Eagle serves up an elite level of hospitality with a casual neighborhood attitude.
The wait for a table can be up to two hours at night, and they don’t take reservations, so you might want to have a snack before you go. Just give them your name and number at the door and they’ll call you when a table opens up. Then you can hang at the bar – if there’s room – or pregame at another place in the Square.
Hipsters, foodies, savvy travelers, whiskey lovers, couples, and artsy groups of friends, late 20s to late 30s.
Barely audible jukebox. No TVs in bar, but large flat-screens, media players, and free Wi-Fi available in the rooms upstairs.
Michelin-rated menu of seasonal and sustainable fare (changes frequently) like roasted marrow bones, wild boar Sloppy Joes, seared tuna, and family farm porchetta. Brunch served daily and includes egg breakfasts, house-made biscuits, pork belly sandwiches, and mac and cheese. Advanced reservations for rooms strongly suggested. Reservations not accepted at restaurant.
Brunch menu $5–$15, bar snacks $4–$9, small plates $10–$15, sandwiches/salads $8–$13, entrées $15–$25. Beer $4–$15+, wine $9–$12/glass or $25–$90/bottle, cocktails $8, mixed drinks $6–$12, whiskey $6–$30, shots $3+. Guest rooms $75–$225+/night.
Casually hip but not sloppy: vintage wear, checkered t-shirts, Etsy finds, cool dresses, fitted sweaters.
Thursday through Saturday nights or weekend brunch for a packed and fun scene once inside, though there is the risk of a long wait, or earlier in the week to start working through the roughly 150 whiskeys on hand.
The Owl (2521 North Milwaukee Avenue) is a popular late-night drinking hotspot for the Logan Square artist crowd, and serves as a perfect pit stop while waiting for a table at L&E.