Tucked on Chicago's North Side about a half mile from Wrigley Field, the sleepy little pocket that is Roscoe Village is a collection of laid-back taverns, destination brunch restaurants and cozy cafes that perk up during the warm-weather months with pretty sidewalk patios and friendly beer gardens. Dining ranges from traditional comfort food to Turkish, burgers to bakeries, Cuban to creamy custards ? all serving up casual hospitality.
Part of this neighborhood's charm is not only how easy it is to walk to all the local favorites (the biggest cluster is along Roscoe Street from Damen to Western Avenue), but how much personality all the small, independently-owned business have. Window shops showcase everything from funky knick knacks to beautiful antiques, vintage clothing to upscale babywear. Mixed among the storefronts are classic frame and brick homes and sidewalks filled with families at play, which gives this ''village within the city'' a friendly, small town feel.