Uncommon Ground-Lakeview

4.5
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Uncommon Ground is a local, sustainable, farm to table restaurant specializing in seasonal, regional comfort food. Established in 1991, this Lakeview restaurant has been leading the way in fresh, local, healthy cuisine. Uncommon Ground also features Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. Two cozy fireplaces in the winter and an expansive sidewalk cafe in warmer months for dining al fresco. Monthly art shows line the walls with talented local artists and the acoustic listening room features live music 7 nights per week.

Specials

$7 Martini Thursdays

Join us every Thursday for $7 martinis! Classic martinis made with organic vodka or gin. Or choose from some our signature selections. Cheers!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 30, 2018

Ends: December 31, 2117

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-9:45PM

$4 Organic Beer

Join us every Monday for $4 housebrewed organic Greenstar Brewing drafts!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 30, 2018

Ends: December 31, 2117

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:45PM

Whiskey Wednesday

Join us for Whiskey Wednesday! Every Wednesday we offer classic whiskey cocktails for only $6.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 30, 2018

Ends: December 31, 2117

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-9:45PM

1/2 off Wine Bottles

Join us every Tuesday for 1/2 off our wine bottle selection. All bottles are $20!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 26, 2018

Ends: April 3, 2019

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM

What 303 People Are Saying
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BO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place. The small, intimate listening room was perfect!

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NY
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good quality and the server quite nice.

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DI
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved this place! The food was great and I really loved the funky décor. It's really something special!

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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and drinks. Would recommend for a night out.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was not that good, it was hard to eat. Which was disappointing because I had been wanting to go there and everything on the menu looked like it could be good. It was my birthday and I actually was letting myself have dessert that night. The server dropped off the check and walked away with out even asking if we wanted dessert. I left upset. It’s a shame that this is on my list of places I wouldn’t want to go back to.

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MS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, yummy food. Lots of fab vegetarian options! Remains a neighborhood gem!

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was excellent. I would return.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. Get the imperial stout and the sweet potato fires w/ goat cheese fondue.

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncommon Ground is a great place to have dinner or even just a drink. The place is always well kept, fantastic art on the walls, great food and even better service.

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A
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Chilly reception with reserved table by the cold door, and they punished us for asking to move by seating us right next to the kitchen. Haha. Pretty rude about it too. Waiter was great though and food was good. Drinks too. Place is fine to grab a bite before show at Metro. No hurry to return otherwise.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sara was great and the avocado toast was delicious!

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SY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Very cozy, quiet spot. Perfect for an early breakfast.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place every time

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JC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice and quiet for business lunch

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B
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite brunch spot when we are visiting Chicago. We'll go out of our way to visit Uncommon Ground if we can. Love the food, atmosphere, drinks, coffees, you name it!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate at uncommon ground this week and had a fantastic meal. Had the Salmon and the chocolate creambulae. Will definitely return next time in town.

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, huge portions -- go there hungry! Pricey, but we'd go again.

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, with a lot of interesting organic, locally-sourced options and a very affordable wine list. This place is truly a neighborhood gem -- having been around since the early 1990s -- and despite a number of expansions, continues to have a really charming and inviting atmosphere and a staff that is consistently warm and friendly. A mainstay of the neighborhood.

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SM
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely recommend! The farm-to-table selections gave us the variety that we needed so that each one of use could enjoy a delicious entree after our appetizers of brussel sprouts (delectable!) and sweet potato fries with goat cheese dip. We savored each dish - all was just perfect... Our server was also perfect. My husband and son really enjoyed the organic beer. We took a "growler" home as well. The atmosphere was so nice - we were in the back in the original coffee shop with the fireplace. 5 stars. We can't wait to come back with more of our family.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was great in every way especially my waiter.

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Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The drinks were top-notch. My wife loved the Meatloaf. The Impossible Burger was so-so

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that the food came out just a bit late, and there were hardly any people in the restaurant. I might not have even noticed had I not been so hungry going in. Other than this, the waitstaff was wonderful, food amazing, atmosphere groovy. I'll be coming back, for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really good, but the Bloody Mary was not.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Everything was going well but then we didn’t see our server for over 30 minutes. We wanted to stay for another drink or two but opted to go somewhere else with better service.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent--food, service, atmosphere. Top notch!

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Dastrically overpriced.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow and they were not busy at all.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, we really like this place! It’s a bit pricey...but... the food is absolutely outstanding! We drive about an hour to come here once a year for my wife’s birthday and we will continue this tradition for many years to come.

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J
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Servers great! Place trying to be boho chic. Bathroom dirty. Food very average...pics on website not what we were served. C-

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was excited to see vegan and vegetarian options, but once I got to the restaurant and had the food - I was disappointed. None of the dishes I tried stood out or had an impact taste-wise.

Very average, would not go back. Rather go to an average bar and have a salad if I am out of options for vegetarian meal serving restaurants.

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SG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Caught up with friends from out of town. Great comfortable atmosphere!

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

UG is my favorite place in the city! Restaurant of choice often. And definitely for my birthday dinner. Love it!!!

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Definitely will be back!

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RJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Speakers with holiday music were quite loud detracting from outstanding food and service.
Braille menus not available.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had stopped by based of a google search for best Boozy hot chocolate. I did not realize that article was from 2015, but I’m so glad I’m not observant. Food was amazing and loved their crafted cocktails.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience before a concert. Will be back for sure!

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I used to quite like Uncommon Ground. They're still pretty good, but the menu options haven't changed much. The decor is the same from 10-15 years ago. Our server was lovely and very helpful.

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Decent place with a cool atmosphere but the service was subpar and the food was a little overpriced. Good location and design, definitely ideal for drinks and conversation at the bar. Highly recommend the mulled wine.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time for Sunday brunch and was not disappointed. From the service to the atmosphere to the incredible dishes, I'm already planning my next visit!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good food. Great beer flight.

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