Roscoe Village is a neighborhood just a bit north of us and boasts some great summer street festivals, restaurants, shops, and boutiques - it's also very family friendly and is a great way to wile away an
afternoon with the wee ones. Here are some of our favorite spots!
Kitsch'n on Roscoe - if you're still hungry for breakfast after a morning at Ray's this is a great place to check out. This weekend they are hosting a Tacos, Cerveza, and Tequila event, and you can find details here. With a focus on comfort food, and tounge-in-cheek 70's decor it is a spot after our own hearts! They boast a beer garden, award-winning breakfast/brunch fare (they were on Rachael Ray's $40 a day) and truly unique, laid-back atmosphere. Located at 2005 W Roscoe, just a quick trip up Damen Avenue from Ray's B&B.
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Shangri-La Vintage is consistently voted one of the best spots for it's specific niche market, and boasts some of the best real vintage finds. It's no Salvation Army thrift store, and you can always find something from a handbag to a period outfit. Of course, being of the hipster nature, they do not have a website that we know of. But you can see their front door from Kitsch'n on Roscoe. Located at 1952 W Roscoe.
Hamlin Park has a more than decent playground setup, and even a pool for those 2 months that Chicago gets unbearable hot instead of bitterly cold. After a jaunt around the park you can always take the exhausted kiddos to Black Dog Gelato to refuel their sugar tanks. For the adults, try the Whisky spike variety to help you through a hot afternoon with the little darlings. 1955 W Belmont. Formerly located only in Ukranian Village. If you want some info on the new location check here.
All said and done Roscoe Village is a prime spot for wandering around on a nice day. It's full of boutiques, shops, and has one of the best wine and liquor stores around in case you want to hit up a byob restaurant. Of course be sure to check out their summer festivals as well, the most popular being August's Retro on Roscoe Festival.