In the Humboldt Park area of Chicago, we tend to see a great deal of convenient stores, discount stores, and car repair shops. There’s nothing terribly lovely about the overall look of the area. The park is pretty in the summer, but there is certainly an overly-spoken rule about it not being the safest of places after dark.
The greatest, and most charming, feature of Humboldt Park is that everyone seems to know everyone. There are many families, friendly neighbors, and yards! Yes….I said ‘yards’; something that’s sort of unheard of in the city.
In the past few years I’ve noticed a few new businesses sprouting up around the area. With the neighborhood having so many families, it’s nice to finally have things like a coffee shop, a bakery, or a toy store. There are a few places that I consider to be awesome in every way, and although I hesitate to inform the rest of the city about my fantastic little secret local business loves, I feel like they REALLY deserve to be mentioned.
Humboldt Park Favorites…..
The Knockbox Cafe
This place is fantastic! The owners are the greatest, the coffee and tea selection is wonderful, and their sandwiches are fancy but won’t put you in the poor house. The place is never overly crowded and has a really adorable look to it. They have always-changing art displayed on the walls as well. If you’re a local artist, this would be a great place to show off your work! It’s a totally sweet date spot and if you’re considering hosting a small reception or event, I’m certain that they will rent the space out for a reasonable price.
What a classy joint! This place not only provides some of the swankiest drinks, but also has some yummy food options. It’s a very cozy, romantic place to go on a date. Rootstock has a very rustic look and feel to it and has been a labor of love from 3 former Webster Wine Bar employees who decided to open a small space in Humboldt Park. I have been there a few times and every time is better than the next.