Uncommon Ground-Lakeview

4.6
596 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 596 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jake62
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Uncommon Ground is one of Chicago's best farm-to-table restaurants. Whether an appetizer, hand-held or entree, you can be assured of a quality fresh food in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. As Chicago's only organic brewery, you'll be introduced to a variety of small-batch beers. Also a favorite for Sunday brunch, Uncommon Ground is a great choice for either lunch or dinner. And don't forget; live music is just around the corner in Uncommon Ground's intimate setting.

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vipRhonda
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot with an excellent menu (lots of veg options), and wonderful service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Gluten free bun fell apart

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food, service was not great as our table was forgotten about. Would still go back as I’m sure other servers are better.

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NotthatPicky
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First they put us in a back room with a bunch of furniture or something that looked like it could open to be a bar. You could barely hear and music even though ironically it was called the music room.. We then waited a long time for a waitress to come over and she was very unpleasant. We waited half an hour and still didn't even have our drinks. We hadn't even ordered food so we figured it would take forever to get it so we just left.

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Josey
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Outside tables were perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Lulu
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Reservations are pointless here. They are not honored. We arrived to find that they were "overbooked" and we had to stand outside for 45 minutes until a table was ready. The point of making a reservation was to avoid having the put our name on a list and wait with everyone else outside for a table to open up. They shouldn't pretend to take reservations seriously if they don't actually hold a table for you.
Food is good. Atmosphere is good. Disappointed by the shoddy customer service.

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AmandaV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner out at Uncommon Ground. First time dining here, after years of meaning to. Super easy with the reservations. Food was amazing, drinks were a little weak FYI.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Birthday Brunch before a Cubs game.

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vipFlimLover
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Low key, easy, not pretentious, just a good, relaxed meal. Great burger, chili and salads.

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AnneV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good and really enjoyed a nice evening sitting out on the patio space.

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Brianc
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome food/beer. Server didn’t come by table enough though

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GregH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Definitely a place I’ll come back to any time I visit Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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EliseA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was super good and the waitress we had was very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The server seemed to forget about us, my plate was hot but food was cold. It had obviously sat on the warmer for a while.

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vipAshleyW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server Brendan who recommended an excellent beer. I can't wait to come back for dinner!

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vipJoan
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience- friendly, safe and great food!

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Kate
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I haven’t been to this place in a while, I asked for a soy latte in the biggest cup they had and they brought it in a bowl, I was thrilled. I loved that they had vegan options and I had the vegan hash. It was fantastic. My 4yo loved their fluffy buttermilk pancakes as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious, great service. Good for conversation over yummy drinks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was great and enjoyed my time here. Service was a bit slow but everyone was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fun place for last minute date

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Roxanne
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place with a commitment to ethically sourced food. Works very hard to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

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vipDanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The servers nag you to put your mask on your face whenever they approach the table. I've been to dozens of restaurants in the neighborhood and they're the only one that does this. Kind of irritating, since they have plenty of room to stand a few feet back from the table. They also charge a 4% extra COVID fee, which I haven't seen from other places. FANTASTIC brunch meal though!

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Char
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savanah was AMAZING!! We celebrated Easter and my husband’s birthday. I absolutely loved the artist’s work displayed. I’m a woman of color and enjoyed seeing that embraced!

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viphungry14
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio, service and food. Will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

10 minutes to put drink orders in. 30 minutes to get the drinks. At a certain point, we started timing things it was taking too long.
Entrees and a round, 2 hour trip. 45 degree weather and I sunburned waiting so long.
4 other tables in the building. Won’t be back.

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vipEllenD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a lovely time at the restaurant, outdoor seating was wonderful and the heaters kept us warm on a chilly afternoon. The food was yummy and we had nice servers. Take a moment to enjoy this gem in Lakeview!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russel was hands down the best server! I asked for beer recommendations and he was soooo knowledgeable and sweet! The food and beer is always great here!

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JohannaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julianne was amazing! So fun and attentive. Great outdoor patio space :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We went out to dine as it was. If the first times since covid 19 that we were able to. The servers took our drink orders for wine and beer . At the same time we placed our food order. The server bought our appetizer Mac and cheese plate.after about 45 to 50 minutes the server came and I inquired about our order .they never placed our order in. The kitchen.we arrived for out reservation at 730 we got our food after 915. No consideration was taken for mistake or even a verbal apology. We loved our entrees. But I will think twice about dining there again. I think there needs to be a manager watching the flow of the place and insure all workers doing what’s expected. There were lots of staff h Holding conversations and goofing off this mistake kids ruined a otherwise lovely meal

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vipelizabethB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Brunch was delicious.

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JuliaR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was amazing. Will be visiting again.

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ElleJ
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went on a Saturday night and got seated in the back room. Didn't have a problem with it until it was clear our waitress forgot about us. Our food came out cold or lukewarm, we could have all sent our food back but decided on sending the fries back considering they were beyond cold and not enjoyable at all. It's a shame since I had been wanting to try this place for so long and it disappointed so much. There was also a half eaten burger just sitting on the table next to us and it was uncomfortable to just have that so close and not cleared up.

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ChelseaD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the bloody Mary's here and the Sunrise Sammy for brunch!

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vipkathyb
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great, but service was slooowww.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a great dinner. Our server was kind and respectful. She was well versed in their menu items and made solid recommendations. Our table was near the kitchen so a bit cumbersome with Covid restrictions/masking, but the food and drinks were FANTASTIC. Would absolutely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Tyler, went above and beyond to make us comfortable on the outdoor patio during a slightly chilly day for outdoor dining. Everyone was attentive to us and the food and drinks were great!

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vipTracyC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The servers and staff were so attentive and friendly. Lots of outdoor space so tables were spread out.

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 4.6 stars by 596 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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