Bourgeois Pig

Chicago, Illinois

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The bike ride is quick and effortless from the Wicker Park/UK Village proper. Having been to 'the pig' several times, I knew what would be in store: A floor to ceiling selection of loose tea neatly arranged in glass jars, siphons of selective Indonesian provinces. Culture just bottled in wait for the selection. Sky high chalk board menu(s) with an exhausting selection of panini, hot/cold beverages, ice cream, baked goods, cold sandwiches etc. A few of the food offerings have taken on Literary monikers such as: 'Catcher in the Rye' for the Reuben and the goat cheese and cherry salad is a Midsummer Night's Dream. Ahhh, college coffee shops…

The mood/atmosphere is that of any coffee house which resides in a college/university neighborhood… quiet. This stillness is somewhat hard to achieve when walking up the creaky stairs, to sit in a pew and then sip the fresh, not too tarry coffee. You might get a stare or two if your voice is one that carries. The mood/atmosphere is that of any coffee house which resides in a college/university neighborhood… quiet. This stillness is somewhat hard to achieve when walking up the creaky stairs, to sit in a pew and then sip the fresh, not too tarry coffee. You might get a stare or two if your voice is one that carries.

To authenticate the experience (in the winter), prop yourself in front of the fireplace in a nook toward the back of 2nd floor lounge. The art that occupies the walls is somewhat inconsistent. Once they had beautiful hand knit scarves, hats, and mittens on display and for sale. This time was some sophomoric photographer from DePaul, and her trip to the Latin world. To authenticate the experience (in the winter), prop yourself in front of the fireplace in a nook toward the back of 2nd floor lounge. The art that occupies the walls is somewhat inconsistent. Once they had beautiful hand knit scarves, hats, and mittens on display and for sale. This time was some sophomoric photographer from DePaul, and her trip to the Latin world.

Every time that I have been to the Bourgeois Pig, I have felt cozy at home and comfortable. However, I would never be able to study here, as I often grimace in hearing existential/philosophical debates in hushed tones buzzing around at all times, so headphones might be a necessity to those who find inane banter bothersome.


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Bourgeois Pig

735 West Fullerton
Chicago, Illinois 60614



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