Homestead: Raising the Roof

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Roots Pizza serves as a prime Ukrainian Village hangout for premium thin-crust pies, craft beers, and televised sports, but upstairs offers a completely different vibe. Homestead on the Roof serves up chef-driven fare and fancy cocktails, but thankfully it’s a very laid-back experience, making it perfect for date night. Roll in with someone special, and maybe another couple, like those neighbors you’ve always wanted to get to know better. If the weather’s favorable, grab an open-air seat. Homestead is the only rooftop patio in the nabe that also doubles as a full-size working garden. Don’t be surprised if you spot a cook—or bartender—picking fresh herbs or vegetables close to your table. Homestead is a farm-to-table restaurant in the most literal sense, so take advantage of the situation by ordering as many market-fresh dishes as possible. Start with a Little Gem Salad, an unconventional appetizer amped up with black barley, English peas, braised artichokes, and smoked Caesar dressing. If it’s a double date, break bread with those new neighbors by ordering a basket filled with laminated brioche, jalapeño cream cheese cornbread, and ciabatta served with olive tapenade, pickled veggies, and Oaxacan honey butter. While the menu is seasonal, you can always count on the kitchen to work smoked oxtails, seared whitefish, and grilled steak into a few dishes (all with local vegetables, of course). Raise a signature cocktail—maybe a rum with blueberry, thyme, and housemade falernum—and toast the transformation from neighbors to friends.

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Homestead on the Roof

1924 W Chicago Ave Chicago IL 60622

(773) 332-2354

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