Snuggled between the Chicago River and I-94, ,you’ll find the vibrant neighborhood of Bridgeport. Along Halsted’s main drag, there is a bustle of new activity. In the late 2000s, Bridgeport experienced a revival of community, becoming a hotbed of art, community, and development.

Single family homes, classic 2-flats, and bungalows line the residential streets. The neighborhood is a multicultural collection of families, students, and long-standing community members. Close to Pilsen, UIC, IIT and within walking distance of 3 el trains, it’s an amazing location to call home.

When the Illinois and Michigan Canal was built, connecting the Chicago River directly to Lake Michigan, it triggered the birth of residential Bridgeport. Decades of immigrants have called this area home, and now it is an art-minded community with burgeoning potential!

Check out some of these great Bridgeport spots- some are staples, some new!


  • Kimski
    If you ever wondered what goulash tasted like as kimchi, this is your spot. It’s good!
  • The Duck Inn
    This tavern is easy to miss, but you can smell the Michelin-rated food a mile away.
  • Gio’s
    One of Chicago’s favorite delis- it’s a crowded, delicious mess that you’ll never forget.
  • Pizza Nova
    Thin crunchy crust, gooey cheese, zesty sausage. This is one of the best pizza joints.
  • Nana
    A family restaurant in the home they grew up in, this Mex-American spot is so so good.


  • Monster Island Toys
    Godzilla fans rejoice! This all Godzilla shop celebrates the Japanese lizard.
  • Blue City Cycles
    Get some new wheels to tour the bike-friendly streets of Bridgeport!
  • Lucky Hoodoo
    This fun little shop can tell your fortune, or sell you some spiritual peace of mind.
  • Bark & Bites
    A pet boutique with all the toys, treats, and fashion to spoil your furry friend!
  • Tangible Books
    Small store turned into a maze of literature, non-fiction, and more.


  • Let’s Boogie
    Vinyl, cassettes, maybe a smattering of CDs. This record shop is true vintage.
  • Maria’s
    The well-known and worn heart of B-port, this bar has music throughout the month.
  • VanderCook
    Catch an event at IIT’s Music School- classical, experimental, jazz, and more!
  • Co-Prosperity Sphere
    Music, performing arts, and more are found at this non-profit center.
  • Bernice’s Tavern
    This dive bar hosts local bands, open mic nights and daily specials!

Things to Do

  • Stockyard Coffeehouse
    If you are craving a casual brunch and coffee this is the spot for you.
  • Chicago Maritime Museum
    From film festivals to lectures, this unique spot is a delight.
  • Scoops Ice Cream
    Their motto is “Life is Short, Eat Dessert.” We couldn’t agree more!
  • Jackalope Coffee
    This is more than a coffeehouse with flea markets, tarot readings and more.
  • Palmisano Park
    This former lot has been made into a vertical nature walk with a great view.


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