home of the first certified organic brewery in illinois

+ the first certified organic rooftop farm in the us

nurture nature

 nourish community

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locations


lakeview

home of greenstar organic brewing

OPEN FOR BRUNCH AND LUNCH AND DINNER EVERY DAY

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

edgewater

the 1st certified organic roof top farm in the us

OPEN FOR BRUNCH AND LUNCH SAT + SUN AND DINNER EVERY DAY

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


support local art

 

FEATURED LAKEVIEW ARTIST

gary gantert

Art Driven by Impulse and Afterthought. 

My career started in Chicago in 1983 working as a professional photographer shooting film. The digital revolution came along and changed everything. I had to put great effort into relearning my craft. One benefit of the digital revolution is that it also gave me the path to express my vision of the world around me. That vision is vivid and layered. That world around me is mostly the city I have a fierce love for…Chicago. I use digital imagery as a base for hand drawn art. My work is a fusion of photography and painting, both digital, displayed as Limited Edition Wrapped Canvas Prints.


FEATURED EDGEWATER ARTIST

scott ament

in 2012 I moved from Chicago to a 10 acre farm in rural Southwest Michigan i left a decorative painting business and now concentrate on canvas work celebrating the rural life around me. i love going "old school" by growing my own food, preserving and canning, making soap, jam, pickles, pasta and raising my ducks for their delicious eggs.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my new world.

 

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 25 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 + greenstar organic brewing care about the earth + you
— helen cameron
 
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