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Uncommon Ground-Edgewater, Chicago, IL

Uncommon Ground-Edgewater

4.5
4.5
661 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Uncommon Ground is currently seating both indoors and outdoors. Masks are required everywhere on premises except when eating or drinking. Vaccine card verification is required for indoor dining.

The second uncommon ground location opened in the historic Edgewater neighborhood in 2007. Both uncommon ground locations are open daily and feature contemporary comfort cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal, regional, organic ingredients. Enjoy tree-lined outdoor cafes in the summer & 2 warm, cozy fireplace in the winter. uncommon ground operates the "1st Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the US" as well as our own brewery, GREENSTAR BREWING, "The 1st Certified Organic Brewery in Illinois" - M.O.S.A.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 465-9801

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Uncommon Ground has event space for 20-200 for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, baby showers or full wedding receptions that can include the ceremony. Private organic rooftop farm receptions are also available. Please visit our parties page at UncommonGround.com to learn more about our events.

  • Private party contact

    Don Westhoff: (773) 465-9801

  • Neighborhood

    Edgewater

  • Cross street

    Devon and Glenwood Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking available.

  • Public transit

    Loyola Red Line, #36 CTA Bus, #151 CTA Bus, #155 CTA Bus

  • Entertainment

    ​uncommon ground features LIVE MUSIC 7 nights a week in an intimate acoustic listening room. Guests make reservations specifically for shows for a wonderful dinner entertainment experience. uncommon ground hosts both local & national touring acts where you will get to see both established & emerging artists. Events can range from acoustic, acoustic rock, pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, acapella, comedy, staged readings, storytelling, documentary film series, etc... Something for everyone happening every night in the intimate performance space.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 661 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BM

    BryanM

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a good time at Uncommon Ground but super sad the Edgewater location is closing. Looking forward to checking out the Lakeview location. A+++
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old standby for brunch does not disappoint!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The owner spent time talking with us. We were sad to hear this location is closing. We will have go to the Clark St. Location in the future. Uncommon Ground is a Chicago staple!
  4. AA

    AllisonA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roxanne was a fantastic server. Food Amazing. Love the outdoor seating area.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Good food. Good service.
  6. j

    jina

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    We used to LOVE Uncommon Ground. The food, service, ambience and value was always 100% on point. Last night I returned to Chicago from a trip and had been thinking about the Vegan Superfood Caesar Salad [kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, romaine etc] at the airport. What I got was ...a romaine caesar salad with very little of anything else. The replacement dish I ordered was also a disappointment. My friend ordered chili which wasn't what as used to be [watery/soupy rather than hearty and delicious]. However, the chocolate cake my son ordered was AMAZING. And the wine was of course just right. We are wondering if there is new management, new chefs, or what happened!
  7. MS

    MonicaS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Unfortunately they were out of many gluten free options.
  8. AB

    AmyB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting- cozy and inviting.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The outdoor patio is gorgeous and the weather was perfect. The server was delightful. The food was very good and the watermelon martinis were amazing.
  10. BS

    BethS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect outdoor dining spot! Great atmosphere on the patio with live music during happy hour. Terrific menu and the food was wonderful. Our family had a great night!
  11. AE

    ArthurE

    Denver

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and drinks were very good. You can taste the fresh ingredients. Service very friendly
  12. h

    happy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food overall very good. Cheesesteak soup… unforgivable!!
  13. HB

    HungryBeardMan

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was delicious as always! We were just a bit frustrated with how slow the service was. Full disclosure, we have never had this problem before at this restaurant, usually the servers are very attentive. Just an off-day I guess.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful! I cannot compliment the servers enough. The food is just not very good.
  15. MH

    MarianH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a lovely garden space and delicious “farm fresh” brunch food, super friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. 14 year old “too cool for school” kiddo thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and ate her pancakes like they were her last meal on earth. Thank you!!!
  16. MS

    MarshaS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    When we arrived, we asked to be seated away from people and they accommodated us. However, a half hour later they put four tables of people literally on top of us. So loud we had to leave.
  17. JC

    JeffC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service. Dining outdoors on a beautiful day is wonderful in this space.
  18. BB

    BB91

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere with the outdoor seating and plants. Food was a little pricey, but tasted good.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Normally I really like uncommon ground however this time I was very disappointed. We were given a wobbly table by itself outside and it took 15 minutes for our server to arrive and even after that the service was terrible. Also, the food which is normally very good at uncommon ground, this time appeared very rushed and very little care was taken with it. If I go back, I hope the restaurant reverts to the way it used to be.
  20. S

    Shri

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We’d a blast at Jackie Bristow’s performance. Drinks/food is amazing. Service is always outstanding at UCG.
  21. C

    Chidiner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were disappointed last evening. We are regulars and have been coming to Uncommon Ground for at least 10 years. We have started to get a bit bored with the menu, which rarely changes, but we still come because the food and service has been good in the past. Last night the service was only fair to poor. It took a long time for a server to even take our drink order. Other tables that arrived after us were being served in what seemed like a reasonable period of time. Our server never even stopped to tell us that they would be a few minutes getting to us. Three members of our party had to choose alternative entrees--on a menu that is slim in choice to begin with--because the restaurant was out of the items they wanted. The rest of the food was just OK. In particular the chopped salad was really just lettuce with a very few pieces of the other ingredients in it, a very poor value, and lackluster in flavor. We left wondering if the Edgewater location is just keeping up the bare minimum and thinking of closing. We won't come back for a while and are looking for a new regular neighborhood place to go. The beer was excellent, however.
  22. TD

    TheDudeAbides

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place and can't wait to get back for some live music and/or karaoke! Food was excellent and value was great - should have split the vegan chilaquiles! Oh and Maddie is an all-star!!
  23. L

    Leee

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely outdoor dining venue. Food was delicious. They were out of rosé wine which was very odd. They fan out of the appitizer we wanted.
  24. J

    Jimsie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I did not appreciate - that when I arrived I was greeted with "you know you only have 1.5 hours to have your meal - we need to turn your table after that. Didn't make me feel welcome - and actually started the evening off with me annoyed. This requirement is stated on the website- it doesn't need to be the greeting on arrival. Destroyed the mood - when I planned to support my guests with drinks, appetizers, dinner, and dessert. As a result, we passed on having desert so as not to be kicked out. Not an appropriate welcome. The website and a sign on the menu would be enough enticement.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    I ordered a chicken sandwich. The flavor was just ok. But my issue was with the size of the chicken breast, it was the smallest piece of chicken I’ve ever had in a chicken sandwich. It’s actually completely unacceptable. I went home and made myself another sandwich because I was still hungry.
  26. AC

    ArmandoC

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service and a fun environment…would recommend!
  27. A

    Anne

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was fine (on the expensive side for the quality) but the setting on the patio is lovely.
  28. GB

    G4BE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent outdoor dining experience. A little pricey, but worth it.
  29. SA

    SerenaA

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at UG! I requested a bottle of champagne as we were celebrating my friends engagement and UG delivered. We sat outside surrounded by string lights and a nice white table that was different from the others. The champagne was so good and so was the food and service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fish, steak and chicken!
  31. HH

    HelenaH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was over priced and service was very very slow.
  32. DP

    DanP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    You don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
  33. M

    Marydr

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside for Sunday brunch. The service was excellent. We brought our dog and he was greeted with a bowl of cold water. We enjoyed the farmer eggs- yummy potatoes. The iced bumble bee coffee drink was amazing. We will be back!
  34. MM

    MarthaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated on the patio on a beautiful night, had a fabulous dinner and Michael, our server, was attentive and funny. We will definitely be back!
  35. VP

    VeronicaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I love the concept of this restaurant and I know it's a beloved staple of Edgewater. But hopefully, a little pushback from diners will help owners realize they need to restore the basics in the kitchen. Half of our dishes were quite disappointing. Surprisingly, the apple and walnut salad wasn't memorable. The chicken thighs were tasty but utterly overcooked. The side of mac and cheese was...odd, with cheese sauce that had the texture of grainy ricotta more than a bechamel and without a strong flavor note. Finally, alas, the blueberry crisp was soupy. We are rooting for you, Uncommon Ground. But please get that kitchen focused again on the basics of making good food.
  36. k

    kd8r

    Chicago

    182 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm always happy at Uncommon Ground, the food is delicious and I love their organic farm. Outdoor seating is abundant and the staff is very friendly and helpful
  37. a

    anonymous

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful room, pleasant service, good food. Slow delivery on some items, and the entree salad was a bit off balance on toppings-to-lettuce ratio, but fresh & tasty flavors.
  38. RW

    RachelW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food I ordered was fine, but nothing special. I had a salad and the vegetarian chili. Neither of which was worth the money. Although my friend’s burger and fries were good.
  39. J

    Julie

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I’ve been here quite a few times the food is always good. Good variety on the menu and I appreciate the vegan options. Definitely good for a family as there’s something for everyone on the menu. The outside dining is just adorable.
  40. PP

    PriyankoP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great service and excellent food as always. Willing to accommodate dietary restrictions, especially vegan diners.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Uncommon Ground-Edgewater does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Uncommon Ground-Edgewater also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 465-9801.

Uncommon Ground-Edgewater is rated 4.5 stars by 661 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Devon and Glenwood Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Edgewater

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking available.

  • Public transit

    Loyola Red Line, #36 CTA Bus, #151 CTA Bus, #155 CTA Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    ​uncommon ground features LIVE MUSIC 7 nights a week in an intimate acoustic listening room. Guests make reservations specifically for shows for a wonderful dinner entertainment experience. uncommon ground hosts both local & national touring acts where you will get to see both established & emerging artists. Events can range from acoustic, acoustic rock, pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, acapella, comedy, staged readings, storytelling, documentary film series, etc... Something for everyone happening every night in the intimate performance space.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 465-9801

  • Private party facilities

    Uncommon Ground has event space for 20-200 for birthdays, rehearsal dinners, baby showers or full wedding receptions that can include the ceremony. Private organic rooftop farm receptions are also available. Please visit our parties page at UncommonGround.com to learn more about our events.

  • Private party contact

    Don Westhoff: (773) 465-9801

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