Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey(773) 528-9050 lacreperieusa.com41.934127 -87.645472 2845 N Clark St (between Diversey Pkwy and Surf St) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $10
With its dim bar, weathered posters of Paris and battered leather banquette, it’s no wonder this mainstay is a draw for local bohemians who seem content to sit for hours eating, drinking and typing on their laptops. The atmosphere is so comfortable that it almost overshadows the food. Almost. Once you try the trio of pâtés, the simple steak flanked by crispy frites or any of the namesake crêpes, you’ll understand how it’s weathered more than three decades.