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 bar arcade, 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.
Moody’s Pub is where you would drink if you were a knight. The Edgewater pub basically feels like a castle’s basement, assuming you know of a castle basement that also does excellent burgers (take in its half-pound, charcoal-grilled Moodyburger, which can be topped with blue cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and pimento olives) and pitchers of sangria alongside a sweet-ass fireplace. Meanwhile, Ollie’s Lounge is a laid-back dive where you can sip frosty mugs of Old Style served by a nice little old lady named Miss Ollie.
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Jay Gentile is a Thrillist contributor and he’s asking nicely for you to save him a spot at Mr. Brown’s Lounge. Follow @innerviewmag