Portage Park has a New Cafe! The Frunchroom

New Flavors to the Six Corners Area

As Realtors and neighbors in the area we are always happy to learn of new culinary developments in the area.  We are happy to report that the turnaround of Six Corners Shopping District located in Portage Park is picking up steam with! We Are happy to see a new restaurant pop up and fill another gap in the storefronts.  Please welcome to the area: The Frunchroom!

Created by Community Tavern’s chef de cuisine Matt Saccaro and Quay Tao (that’s some seriously respectable names in Chicago cuisines), the Frunchroom is an upscale but casual spot. They describe themselves as:

“A neighborhood cafe specializing in house made charcuterie, smoked meats and fish, fresh pastas and seasonal vegetables.  Our cooking is inspired by hand-crafted old world technique using local ingredients.”

After a quick read of the menu online we went in to check out it.  You won’t be let down!  There American Cheese charcuterie hits the spot and you’ll have plenty of cash left in your pocket because the prices are spot on.  Did you know that Frunchroom is Chicago slang for Front Room?  More Chicago slang here.

Portage Park Continues to Grow

The Portage Park, Irving Park, and surrounding areas have been growing and changing rapidly.  This level of new restaurant really brings a sense of high quality eats to the area.  There is always room for another brunch spot, right?  If you would like to gawk and the food and drool at the menu we have saved you some time.  Their website can be found here.  We hear that the meatball recipe belong’s to Sacarro’s Grandmother.

As always, If you’re ready to start searching for a home then contact one of our agents today to get started!  Our Realtors will be your best guide to local neighborhoods in and around Chicago.

Portage Park has a new restaurant in the neighborhood


4042 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Surrounded By Breweries

Surrounded by Breweries… and that’s OK with me!

Chicago is no stranger to beer and our area is no different.  Being based in Portage Park has allowed to be spectators to the rapid change occurring in the area.  Check out the list of breweries below to learn more about the region’s craft beers.

1. Short Fuze

5000 N River Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176

Short Fuse is located on River Road near the Rosemont Fashion Outlet’s. They have a full kitchen and also weekday lunch specials for under $10. All of their beers are made on site, and they typically have 14 available on tap. With claims to be one of the largest taproom’s in Chicago, they are definitely worth checking out!

Short Fuze Brewery near Rosemont

2. Eris Cider House

4240 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Famous for being Chicago’s first CIDER house! This brewery has multiple levels to it and a rustic/lofty feel. They are currently building out a banquet hall and this summer they will debut their rooftop patio! They also have a full kitchen and menu that is not to be missed!

Cider House in the Irving Park Neighborhood

3. Old Irving Brewery

4419 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Old Irving Brewery never disappoints. They have specials throughout the week and a daily happy hour. Plus, they offer most of their beers in ‘taster’ size for just a couple of bucks. Occasionally they have live music and they also have a full kitchen. My favorite here is their weekend brunch! Another must try beer hall in the area!

Old Irving Brewery has a large beer hall

4. Lake Effect Brewery

4727 W Montrose Ave C, Chicago, IL 60641

This cool brewery offers tours every Saturday. During this hour long tour, you get to see inside at their working brewery, bottling area, and barrel room. The tour is only $5 and includes beer tastes and a Lake Effect Glass. Plus you get to taste new releases and sometimes rare vintage beers!

Lake Effect Brewing in Portage Park

Contact Us Now

We know more than just breweries and beer. Ashbrook Realty is the leader in Northwest Chicago Real Estate.  Contact us today to get connected with an agent and start your journey to buying or selling your home.

Northwest Side Neighborhood Festivals

Our neighborhoods are constantly on the move!  There are some great festivals for you to attend this summer (if this winter ever ends!)

OIP Beer and BBQ Challenge

Be sure to check out the 5th annual challenge located at the St. Viator parking lot. The event takes place August 4, 2018 from 1-pm and your ticket gets you 20 BBQ samples, 40 craft beer tastings & a commemorative glass. All proceeds benefit St. Viator & Parish.

get 20 BBQ Samples, 40 Craft Beer Tastings, & Commemorative Glass with your ticket on Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 from 1-5 pm.

Old Irving Brewery in Irving Park

Jeff Fest

Jeff Fest: Also known as the Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival. This fest has been taking place for almost 20 years. It is hosted in Jefferson Memorial Park. Highlights of the fest include several arts and crafts vendors, ticked wine tasting events, unique performances such as Polynesian dancers, and Irish cloggers, plus tons of activities for the kids.

Jefferson Park Jeff Fest Neighborhood Festival

Taste of Polonia

This festival has taken place on Labor Day weekend since 1980! It is the largest Polish festival in the USA. It was also the first “Taste of” festival in Chicago, even before the “Taste of Chicago.” This fest is located inside the Copernicus Center (in Northeast Portage Park), the surrounding grounds and surrounding streets. They have four different stages of live music and entertainment, lots and lots of food (and not just Polish food!), kids activities, dance and cultural events, and they even have a casino!

Taste of Polonia in Portage Park

6 Corners BBQ Fest

This annual festival typically takes place in June along Milwaukee avenue at Six Corners in Portage Park. This annual cook-out on Northwest’s side features activities for the whole family! Here you will find BBQ ranging from baby back ribs, pulled pork, turkey legs and beef brisket. Entertainment includes dance workshops, karate demos, puppet shows, wrestling and of course- live music!!

Six Corners BBQ Fest in Portage Park

Connect with a Realtor

We know more than just festivals in the neighborhoods.  Ashbrook Realty is the leading real estate brokerage in the Northwest Side.  Whether you are buying or selling, Ashbrook Realty is your go to resource for the best the area has to offer.


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Time to go get a Double Cheddar Bacon Butter Burger, cheese curds, and a frozen Custard!

Portage Park has added to a new restaurant.