Glenwood Avenue Arts District

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Rogers Park's thriving arts and entertainment district is along Glenwood Avenue at Morse Avenue, an urban stretch of mixed-use buildings with an inviting European flavor: narrow cobblestone streets, murals on the elevated train embankments, and quaint storefronts.

There are three award-winning theaters in the district, a variety of live music venues, art studios and galleries, all in close proximity to unique and friendly bars and restaurants.

Chicago Magazine declared, “For pure Chicago heart, soul and polished grit, the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park is our favorite new destination.” (October, 2008)

The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Maybe the time has come to dub Glenwood Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood as Chicago’s answer to off-Broadway. Certainly that’s the conclusion to be reached if you tally up the nominations for the Non-Equity Jeff Awards … Among the top nominees are two theaters who make their home on that narrow railroad street — Lifeline Theater (14 nominations), and Theo Ubique Theatre Company, Located in The No Exit Café 6970 N. Glenwood Avenue, (13 nominations).” (April 29, 2009)

The New York Times cited the Glenwood Avenue Arts District as one of the anchors of Rogers Park when it profiled the neighborhood in its article, "An Ethnic Mix Keeps It Funky In Chicago". (February, 2010)

Sites included in openhousechicago: 2011, 2012

Gallery B.1.e., 6902 N. Glenwood Avenue

Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue

Mile of Murals (starting point Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Avenue)


The Glenwood Avenue Arts District is home to numerous art studios, theaters, music stages, cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Name Type Address Phone Web

Glenwood Avenue

B1E Gallery Studio/Gallery 6902 N. Glenwood B1E videos

Lifeline Theatre Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood 773-761-4477

Side Car Bar Tavern 6920 N. Glenwood 773-764-2826 Side Car Bar

Evil Squirrel Comics Store/Gaming 6928 N. Glenwood 773-338-0899

Mess Hall Studio/Gallery 6932 N. Glenwood

ArtSpace RP Studio/Gallery 6934 N. Glenwood 847-910-1556

The Glenwood Bar Tavern 6962 N. Glenwood 773-764-7363

Theo Ubique Theatre 6970 N. Glenwood 773-347-1109

No Exit Café Café 6970 N. Glenwood 773-743-3355 No Exit Café

Heartland Café Restaurant/Bar/Music 7000 N. Glenwood 773-465-8005

Red Line Tap Tavern/Music 7006 N. Glenwood 773-274-5463 Red Line Tap

Northside Dance Theater Studio 7015-17 N. Glenwood 773-754-0192

Bohemian Theatre Ensemble Theatre 7016 N. Glenwood 773-791-2393

Morse Avenue

Morseland Restaurant/Bar/Music 1218 W. Morse 773-764-8900

JB Alberto's Restaurant 1320 W. Morse 773-973-1700

Act One Café Restaurant 1328 W. Morse 773-381-4550‎

Mayne Stage Theatre/Music 1328 W. Morse 773-381-4554

MorsEL Restaurant 1400 W. Morse Coming Soon

Chuckie's Tavern 1412 W. Morse 773-761-7777

Taqueria Los Portales Restaurant 1418 W. Morse 773-465-5221

Grill Inn Restaurant 1422 W. Morse 773-465-8080 Grill Inn

Common Cup Café 1501 W. Morse 773-338-0256