Andersonville Named #2 Coolest Neighborhood in the World

Today we share with you a proud moment as Time Out announced its global Coolest Neighborhoods in the world right now, with Andersonville in Chicago taking the #2 spot.

For the past few years, we’ve talked a lot about how Chicago is committed and dedicated to making a difference in creating an environment that’s safe and welcoming for everybody. And what speaks more volume than our very own neighborhood nominated as the second coolest neighborhood in the entire world?


Best Queer Bars in Andersonville

Known as Chicago’s Swedish district, Andersonville is for its LGBTQ+ nightlife. Here, you will find queer bars for everything from a casual hangout or a fancy date night.



5355 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

This neon-filled gar is never short of male go-go dancers, drag queens, DJs, and a good time. Plus, they have a solid drink and food menu even if you’re just in the mood for a quick bite.

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Nobody’s Darling

1744 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

This black-owned queer bar is gaining popularity like no other. If you go, make sure you try their CBD-infused cocktail! This place has such a good vibe that it will keep you coming back for more.


The Sofo Tap

4923 N Clark St 1st floor, Chicago, IL 60640


Sofo on Clark is a quaint neighborhood gay bar for anyone wanting a casual night out. They have games and theme nights, and amazing daily and happy hour drink specials. Oh, and pay attention that they have different drafts on the inside and the outside.


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1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Marty’s is all about the retro, elegant, and intimate atmosphere. Come here alone, with a friend, or a for a special date. The friendly staff and highly skilled bartenders will make sure you have an unforgettable night.

The Call

1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

The Call is the best place to go if you’re looking for theme night and music! You can check their website for nightly themes. And don’t forget to indulge yourself in their martinis. After all, The Call is a martini bar!

Best Restaurants in Andersonville

Accompanied by the various bars and restaurants on the Clark Street corner, Andersonville is known for its amazing dining culture. From contemporary American to ethnic food, Andersonville is ready to pamper your taste buds to the fullest.

Little Bad Wolf

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

This spot is our editor’s personal favorite for a hearty load of Mac N’ Cheese. Their buns, tacos, and fries are also top-notch. In short, this place is a treat in every sense.


1475 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Step into the artistic world of Vincent Chicago and treat yourself to one of their signature cocktails. This is also one of the best places for Oysters in Andersonville.

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Taste of Lebanon

1509 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

You know how the best food is always hidden in plain sight? That’s true! Taste of Lebanon is a no-frills, counter-serve spot serving traditional Lebanese fare including falafel, kebabs & more.

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Calo Ristorante

5343 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Calo Ristorante is a neighborhood favorite when it comes to American and Italian cuisine. Everyone loves its Old World setting because it feels so much like walking into an old movie.

Things to Do in Andersonville

Andersonville is an exciting clash of cultures and creativities. The neighborhood is full of artisan shops, beautiful murals, historic destinations, and ethnic markets.

Andersonville Galleria

5247 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

If you’re an art lover, you must go to Andersonville Galleria — the best-known artisan goods market in the neighborhood. From potteries, decors, fashions, to original art pieces, they have everything you could ask for.

The Wings Mural

5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Chicago is all about murals, one of them being the famous rainbow wings in Andersonville. Over hte years, it has become a must-see spot for the LGBTQ+ community.

Swedish American Museum

5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

This place is more than a museum for arts, history, and culture, but a hidden gem for foodies who’d love to have some authentic Swedish snacks. You’ll find coffee, to-go pastries, and gift items available in their shop.

Gethsemane Garden Center

5739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Who doesn’t want to live in a safe haven of plants and flowers? Gethsemane Garden Center will transform your house into Garden of Eden. Beyond regular houseplants and terrain plants, they also provide custom containers and silk arrangements.

Middle East Bakery and Grocery

1512 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Goodies. So many goodies. Middle East Bakery and Grocery is one of our favorite places to satisfy our snack and dessert cravings. You can also get the best spices, lentils, and other ingredients here to make yourself an authentic middle east feast at home.

More About Andersonville, Chicago

Andersonville’s proximity to beaches and coastal parks has made it an even more appealing place to live and visit in the past 18 months, with a conscientious community launching initiatives like Clark Street Composts – a pilot program for eco-friendly composting.

In the next few months, we will continue to uncover fun happenings in Andersonville. So make sure you are with us on social media!

Featured Image Credit: Jamie Kelter Davis