Uncommon Ground
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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

 

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

39 PHOTOGRAPHERS

"PICTURING A NEW LIFE IN CHICAGO"

The 39 photographers whose works are featured in this exhibit were forced to flee their home countries due to war, persecution, or violence
Uncommon Ground Edgewater location
1401 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL

 

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
 
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