SONO (South of North Avenue) is the sub neighborhood sandwiched between Lincoln Park and Old Town with both tree-lined residential streets and bustling strips of retail and dining. Because of its prime location it has only increased in popularity in recent years. Whether you’ve just moved into the neighborhood or you’re visiting for the day, here’s your guide to SONO!

Dining and Entertainment

Fast casual spots like Sweetgreen, Roti, Potbelly, Starbucks, and Nando’s are all conveniently located near the North and Clybourn intersection. If you’re looking for casual sit-down restaurants, Earl’s Kitchen, Max and Leo’s Artisan Pizza, and Kizuki Ramen are located in the New City complex.

For more upscale dining, some neighborhood favorites include Trattoria Gianni for Italian fare and Boka, a Michelin Star and James Beard award winning contemporary concept known for their seasonal American menu and posh ambiance.

SONO is home to a vibrant live entertainment scene. Steppenwolf and The Royal George theatres are both located in the area just up Halsted Street. Joe’s on Weed Street is a neighborhood favorite for great live music! Click here to see their upcoming concerts!

If live entertainment isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to do in the area! King’s Bowling, Arclight Cinema, and Chicago Mixed Martial Arts are all located in and around the New City complex.


Both North and Clybourn Avenues are lined with great retail! Staples like the Apple Store, Vitamin Shoppe, REI, Petsmart, Banana Republic, Crate and Barrel, DryBar, Sephora, Athleta, Anthropologie, Nordstrom Rack, and many more are all conveniently located in the SONO area.

The largest Lululemon store is also located on North Avenue. In addition to retail, the three story storefront offers yoga classes, a meditation room, and even a health-conscious cafe.


Whole Foods (1550 N. Kingsbury St.) is centrally located in the neighborhood in addition to Mariano’s (1500 N. Clybourn Ave.) which is conveniently located adjacent to New City Apartments.

If you’re looking to switch up your grocery shopping, Dom’s Kitchen and Market is coming to Halsted Street and offers more of a neighborhood vibe and a rotating menu of high quality prepared foods. Dom’s, owned and operated by the people of Mariano’s, is expected to open any week now!


The CTA red line stop at North and Clybourn is right in the heart of SONO. The Sedgwick brown line stop is also just a few blocks east.

If you’re driving, the I-90/I-94 expressway entrance is just minutes away on North Avenue.

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