Uncommon Ground-Lakeview

4.5
638 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 638 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBrenda
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with outside tables. The service was great, the food came quickly and it was hot, freshly made and tasty. My son had the mushroom ravioli and I had a kale salad with salmon. Will definitely become a regular customer.

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pfox
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I think maybe this place was having a bad night. There was a cubs game, so I was ready for it to be packed and didn’t mind waiting a bit(our reso was at 630, and we didn’t get seated until 645), I was glad it was busy! Once we were seated, we sat for a good 10 minutes before someone ever came over to us… Again - cubs game.

Everything took a long time. Drinks took like 15 minutes, our apps took like half an hour, and during that half hour, the server never came back to see if we wanted more drinks(we did — and water). Food was really good on the plus side.

Then after our meal, we sat with dirty plates for another 20 minutes before our server asked if we wanted anything else? The whole thing was really confusing. The staff seemed really concerned about cleaning all of the dirty tables rather than sure that the people that were there were having a good experience(a manager was rushing around busing tables, but never came to see why our drinks were empty, our dirty plates were sitting in front of us, no one re-filled water…. —then those tables remained empty all night?

I’m going to chalk this one up to an off night because I’ve had a good experience here before. -or maybe avoid nights where there’s a cubs game? Not sure.

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SweetPea
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quieter location in Wrigleyville after a Cubs game with good food- nice vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options at reasonable prices!

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Tim888
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Wife ordered the burger and it was served well done, hard to chew and even cut. Food and drink menus were very limited. Service was great and very efficient but if you’re going to charge a surcharge for Covid to the bill you should at least make sure bathrooms are clean and there’s soap in the dispenser.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with a lot of potential! My only issue is every time I go there the staff treats me as though I’m in trouble -like everything is an inconvenience. If even just one staff member shakes off their attitude it’ll be loads better!

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WilliamS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really impressed by staffing level and attentiveness of the servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Slow service

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Kayla
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Went for a friend’s birthday brunch as we all live in the neighborhood. We had coffees to start which were good- nothing noteworthy. My friend ordered the chilaquiles which had okay flavor but it was the biggest mound of shredded chips that instantly became soggy. I ordered the eggs Benedict and it had no flavor, barely any sauce and the eggs were fully cooked through to the point of being hard boiled. The uncommon huevos were the best dish but priced at $15 they didn’t have good value. Overall a pretty disappointing experience and because of the endless list of brunch options in the city I will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I decided to have a spontaneous dinner and it was super hard to find a last minute rez on a Saturday night on the second day the city had opened up after covid restrictions were lifted and we stumbled upon Uncommon Ground. WE FOUND A GEM! The food was amazing, the drinks were awesome. All the employees were soo nice and seemed to be enjoying working. The vibes were great and we will definitely be back to try some of the other delicious foods we saw the servers carrying around. 11/10

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vipStew
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were pretty solid! I would definitely go back for casual drinks with friends and to hang out. Not a place where you go out to dinner to get super exceptional food, but awesome place to have some casual bites. Would definitely go again!

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MindyK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Outdoor covered seating. Very accommodating.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great going there for the first time. Definitely going back again

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Bradley
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, sweet potato fries and goat cheese fondue was excellent, and the small salad for $9 and the $3 side salads are actually big salads! We will definitely be coming back.

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Paige
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service are outstanding! Always a great experience.

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vipKatie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The inside is pretty lackluster as far as ambiance. Definitely not a date spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great chill spot. Food is good also and excellent customer service.

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vipsuec
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was not very good, server stopped at table after 10 minutes of being seated and absence continued throughout the meal. Food was okay and staging was bad, i.e. appetizers arrived before our drinks. Not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our group of six was seated outside in a very quiet, outdoor location. We loved the food, service, and overall atmosphere! The Sangria and Mac and Cheese were amazing! We’ll definitely be returning soon.

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vipadh1
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, comfortable outdoor covered seating

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karen
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was ok. Nothing special. I think is extremely pricey. I ordered a salad and a capuccino and I paid $30 it is too much just for a salad.

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vipPammy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Patio area was very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I have always enjoyed the food and cocktails here, but the last time I went, we were at our table for 25 minutes with no service, even after going back to the host stand to request a waiter come by. All of the tables around us were being served but it seemed as if we either weren’t assigned to a section or there was confusion amongst the wait staff about who should be servicing us. We ended up walking out before receiving so much as a glass of water. It’s unfortunate because there were several menu items my party was looking forward to ordering.

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Roxanne
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they are dealing with a major uptick in business, the service was respectful and accurate.
The food was excellent (farmers eggs, salad, mixed berry cobbler and coffee).
Also liked that I was not rushed so I was able to relax and do some reading.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated and waited over a half hour and no one came to take our order or even looked our way. It wasn’t overly busy and there seemed to be more than enough staff, so we walked out. This is the second time I’ve had horrible service here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful sitting at the bar with great food and service.

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PaddyL
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, both vegans and omnivores loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We got stuck in the “music room” and had two waitresses who clearly weren’t coordinating. It was fine, but mildly annoying.

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vipMamaTembo
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Such a lovely outside part with window boxes with herbs and vegetables. Very disappointed no fried green tomato sandwich yet. Hate having the menu on QR code on phone, not a print copy. Took a long time to get condiments, which were not brought with the meal.

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Abby
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio space and awesome food!

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CharlieGarrido
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter a young dark tall handsome guy was fantastic. His recommendations were perfect. We will be back more often.

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Scooter
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our regular neighborhood haunts. Always good food, great beer, friendly staff. Service was a little spotty at our most recent visit but I think it was a new waitress.

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SidneyJoseph
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service. From seating my reservation, to the attentiveness of David, our server, to the thoughtful GM, Luis Morales. Great experience.

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Nikki26
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Non welcoming environment for Asian folks. We felt uncomfortable.

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vipadh1
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, glad they were able to accommodate group of 12 with 2 x 6 person tables outside

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was very good.

Service was slow and could e been better. However, the servers were very nice and professional.

The bigger issue is the bar. We understand they’re know. More for their beers but a good bartender also knows how to make cocktails. All 4 cocktails were an epic fail.

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PaulB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining in Lakeview! We went before a Cubs game and had a great time. Our waiter was knowledgeable. We liked that they note Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan on their menu. A bit pricy but food was good. We recommend the Miso cauliflower appetizer!

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viprggr
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been ages since we went out and this was so comfortable and delicious. I can't wait to go back and order that cauliflower.

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vipChelseaD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Uncommon Ground. It is a good location and solid food. Bloody Mary's have been lacking flavor lately and I don't like their paper straws, but their ham and cheese pancakes and their Sunrise Sammy is so, so good. Their outdoor seating is very nice as well.

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vipAngie
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tried the place for its considerable gluten-free selections. Server was helpful with that as well, many things can be made Gf. Friendly staff. Burger/ fries were good. Roasted cauliflower was too, and the lemon ginger martini was very nice, if tiny. I forgot to ask about GF beer but I didn’t see any on the menu. Salmon was over cooked though, and the risotto was undercooked. All in all a nice place to go if you’re in the area.

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RebeccaC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!! We had the artichoke, goat cheese, and pesto dip; the vegan caesar salad; mac n cheese; and miso cauliflower. they were all so good! the service was very great once we sat down, and the server was very helpful and would check in on occasion. the cocktails were fantastic as well! big fan, would return

FAQs

Uncommon Ground-Lakeview does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Uncommon Ground-Lakeview also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 929-3680.

Uncommon Ground-Lakeview is rated 4.5 stars by 638 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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