Uncommon Ground

home of the first certified organic brewery in illinois

+ the first certified organic rooftop farm in the us

nurture nature

 nourish community




home of greenstar organic brewing


3800 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 929-3680


the 1st certified organic roof top farm in the us


1401 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 465-9801

support local art


joe smigielski

I paint from a place of inner joy, which pours on to the canvas; this spirit is every bit  as important as the subject matter.   My paintings are moments and places which invite the viewer in, evoking a joyful  emotion, memory or desire.
Uncommon Ground Lakeview location
3800 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

tim jarosz

Half photographer, half graphic designer, Tim Jarosz uses his background of each to create his style of artwork.  His work is created by using original photographs and digitally collageing them in his unique and signature editing style to create his
semi-surreal but everyday imagery.  His work focuses on commonplace subjects that may get passed by or ignored
regularly, but in which he finds beautiful.  His work is dye sublimated on glossy chromalux board.  He lives and works out of Chicago IL and is the owner and director of The Studio 312, an art and print studio and gallery.


live music

We feature live music and events every night at both locations! Our intimate listening rooms host a variety of performances, offering guests special seated dining experiences for each show. Check out our calendar to see a full listing of our upcoming events!

greenstar brewing

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the first certified organic brewery in the state of Illinois!  Cozy storefront micro-brewery next to our Lakeview / Wrigleyville location features a seven-barrel brewhouse along with serving tanks that feed directly into Uncommon Ground’s tap system. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

organic rooftop farm

Uncommon Ground's Edgewater location features the first certified organic rooftop farm in the United States.  We utilize 100% of all the produce grown directly below in the restaurant.  Additionally, we host annual urban agriculture internship opportunities during the summer, as well as educational and private tours by appointment.  

our roots


It all started when…

We started off as a small coffee house in the Lakeview neighborhood over 20 years ago. From that starting point the owners, Michael and Helen Cameron, expanded their business to become a restaurant, a music venue, and they recently opened Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. The brewery is at our original location at Clark and Grace.  More inspirational than that though is that as their business grew, the Camerons aligned their own personal values with the operations of their businesses. That is why we have become such an ecologically conscious restaurant. Of course you all know the gardens are here, but we also use ecological cleaning supplies, high efficiency light bulbs, solar hot water, and recycle, among other sustainable practices. Our food follows these same values and we emphasize local, organic, sustainable and humanely raised ingredients on our menu.

Uncommon Ground is a great
example of what our city can
do and what our country can do
— Mayor Rahm Emmanuel