While nearby Andersonville (recently named the 7th hottest 'hood in America) gets all the attention, Edgewater quietly maintains its lakefront location featuring Chicago’s most underrated beach, affordable rents, great Ethiopian food, and cool local spots like Ollie’s Lounge and Moody’s Pub. Bonus: unlike Logan Square, you don’t need a handlebar mustache to be admitted.
Edgewater is packed with Ethiopian food options but the best of the bunch is Demera, a laid-back yet white-tableclothed emporium for all things Ethiopian. To the uninitiated, the empanada-style beef sambusas are clearly the way to go. Pair yours with honey wine, Ethiopian beer or whatever the hell you want to BYOB, and now you can say you’ve eaten Ethiopian food.
For something different that’s not a barcade, Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo features a demo library with more than 1,000 games spaced out amidst 2,000sqft of open play area. It’s the perfect place to nerd out while waiting for a show at the nearby Aragon, impress your date with your vast geek knowledge, or just chill out and relax after way too much Ethiopian food.