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

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shana pearlmutter

Shana Pearlmutter has been a muralist/painter and an art educator at Bell School in Chicago for the past 20 years. She often realizes her best teachers are her students and friends in her community. Her art passions lie in the intersection of art, storytelling, micro and macro biological specimens, memory, belonging and social-cultural inquiry. In her studio, she creates narrative, mixed media assemblages and has exhibited regularly in Chicago. Shana’s latest creative endeavor is a cross-cultural, artistic collaborative exchange with Moroccan, Indian, and American artists inspired by inclusive, cooperative, participatory art-making processes.

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Ken reif

“The truth will set you free.” For me that truth is in my artwork. turning two dimensional surfaces into compositions that evoke emotion. painting and the instruction i have received has changed the way i see the world. i am set free every time i stand at the easel. i am set free when i look through artist’s eyes. i am set free to create. thank you for allowing me to share my art with you. it is my goal to evoke emotion through my artwork. my process begins with priming the surface black and then using an impressionist.expressionist palette i begin to create. to maintain the highest standards, i personally execute all the creative aspects involved in my work without the use of apprentices or assistants.


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