Uncommon Ground

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Uncommon Ground 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... Chicago United States 41.951149 -87.6598522
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Uncommon Ground - Bar | Coffee Shop | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 9am–midnight, F–Sa 9am–2am
    Kitchen open M–Th until 10pm, F–Sa until midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Uncommon Ground Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

The eco-cocktail drinks change throughout the year but are always worth checking out. One past example, the Tree Tini, helped pay for the planting of more than ten thousand trees! Not a bad reason to enjoy a martini.

  • Crowd

    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+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly musical acts, mostly acoustic and folksy singer/songwriters. Yearly Jeff Buckley tribute. TV in front room. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Eco-friendly menu with local focus, including organic pancakes, burgers, and large salads. Full coffee house in back. Outdoor seating in summer.

  • Prices

    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).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: basic t-shirts and jeans, Cubs gear, sundresses, business attire, shorts and sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for the live music, Fridays and Saturdays for dinner, or before or after Cubs games for a few pints.

  • Close By

    Just down the street is Metro (3730 North Clark Street), another live music venue featuring bigger names in indie rock.

Uncommon Ground User Reviews

Average rating:
The Cozy Piece of My Heart
Tyler W. Feb 12, 2013
If you're like me I love a great atmospheric setting with beautiful cmpany while I enjoy my food. I was nearly knocked to the ground with the beautiful hospitality as soon as I walked in constantly checked on to see if I needed anything. I had enter the Uncommon Ground at the North Clark area. The firewood was set to blaze on a very cold evening, and thanks to the Uncommon Lords for suggesting a free glass of water, while my eyes whistfully scanned the completely stocked open bar. and how cuteous.The place even has wood barstools, and a cabin fever typed of feel to the decour. Thankfully, I even joined myself to the backroom just a little closed off which was Open Mic night. I enjoyed a plate of swetened caramalized sweet potatoe french fries with a delicious white sauce which I still cant make at my house. The number of artists eagerly set up one after the other and granted us sweet, sorrowful, and hilarious stories strumming from their voices and instruments.I never felt like leaving this far from being a dive warm cozy home. A great place to dine in, and be there for open mic at 7pm, on any given night but never worry if not there on time there will be plenty of artists to hear from. Hey if you have the courage not that its needed go up and take a whirl at it yourself.
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