A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Dining in Prairie Style

One of my favorite fancy places to dine in Chicago is North Pond Cafe, nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park, and like the name, situated on the North Pond. It was built in 1912 as a warming hut for ice skaters, eventually becoming a storage shed for the Chicago Park District.


It was remodeled and renovated as a restaurant around 1998 in the Prairie Style. The subway tiles are original, but I believe everything else was new.


The ceiling looks like aluminum or fiberglass screen material that may be covering something unsightly. Since we have an unsightly ceiling in the TV/family room, we’re thinking that something like that would look really cool.


Anyway, the food is delicious and the menu changes frequently. The focus is on local, organic foods. And if you go there for a special occasion, they add nice little touches and give you the menu when you leave.



  1. Kelli on April 9, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Aw, you’re making me so homesick for Chicago!

  2. Carol on April 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Cool. Did your husband call ahead to let them know it was your birthday?

  3. denise on April 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Sorry Kelli! Guess it’s time for a road trip! 🙂
    Carol—Whenever we’ve called for a reservation they’ve asked if we’re dining there for a special occasion. Between the food, the ambiance, and the location, it’s a great place for special dates (but definitely not cheap!).

  4. southsideandy on April 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I remember that building…I used to ride my bike past it a whole lot when I was lakeshore living and biking a lot more than I am now. I can’t believe they turned it into a nice restaurant…sounds like I’m going to have to check it out! 🙂

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