Gather is the type of place that would be impossible to get into if it were in River North, but since it’s in Lincoln Square, it doesn’t end up on everyone’s list. That’s a shame, because Gather is great. Its seasonal menu of new American food will please just about everyone, and the chef used to work for Charlie Trotter, and that experience shows because even the boring sounding dishes end up being interesting. The space is low-key but nice enough for a celebration or date night, and there is also a back patio which is fantastic for large groups.
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Baker Miller is a Lincoln Square bakery and cafe that mills their own flour. They make great savory and sweet items.
Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe
Jimmy’s is a counter-service spot in Lincoln Square serving fantastic New York-style pizza.
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Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
PQM is an excellent little cafe. We only wish it stayed open later.
Oyster Bah is a Chicago attempt at a New England seafood shack. It's solid, but not Maine.
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
Piece Pizzeria is serving New Haven Style pizzas, and it’s the ideal spot to hang out over pizza and beer with your friends.
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The Warbler is a restaurant in Lincoln Square serving a wide variety of very tasty American food.
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