1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
2812 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
(773) 764-6322; Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m-7 p.m., Sunday 9
a.m-6 p.m. No credit cards.
6928 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago
804 Davis St., Evanston
Known for its ethnic diversity, Rogers Park throws its doors
wide open to families, offering an eclectic taste of Chicago and
off-the-beaten-path discoveries that will appeal to everyone from
toddlers to tweens, plus mom and dad.
My family, plus my son's best friend, set out late one morning
for the far north side neighborhood for a day of wandering.
The first stop: Uncommon Ground, the organic
restaurant on Devon Avenue. The boys bellied up to the bar for hot
milk steamers and cocoa, I picked an absolutely delicious
'chaider'-hot organic apple cider and chai tea that is tart, spicy
The restaurant was bustling for morning brunch, but not crowded.
Older neighborhood residents mixed nicely with younger hipsters and
families, from the stroller set and older.
Our next stop was a Devon Avenue classic. On a street known for
its Indian and Pakistani shops and eateries, the Argo
Georgian Bakery is a small change of pace. The gentleman
who runs it speaks with a thick Russian accent, but when you point
to the traditional beehive brick oven, he grins and nods.
"Khachapuri? How many?"
The hot bread, light and flaky, with cheese clinging to the
inside, is big enough to hold in both hands, making a perfect hot
snack. We bought a bag of frozen dumplings to take home and were
off again, munching happily.
Next our plan called for a stop at Evil Squirrel
Comics on Glenwood Avenue. We'd heard really good things
about the small, sunny store and my son wanted expert advice on
trading card games. As we browsed, I asked the owner, Shawn King,
what he'd recommend for kids just getting into comics.
My son ended up with two early Classic Avengers anthologies.
Upon hearing that William is also interested in Magic: The
Gathering, another employee explained the packs on display and the
boys each added a starter deck to their pile of loot.
We left, promising to bring the boys back for the regular Sunday
evening Magic: The Gathering game, which is open to beginners. I'm
also intrigued by a regular Knit Night for knitting and comics
discussion. The next time we come to see a show at the Lifeline
Theater up the street, we'll be sure to stop back in.
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