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Little Bucharest

3661 North Elston Avenue

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Little Bucharest has been a fixture in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood for over thirty years. Originally a high-energy Romanian bistro opened in 1970, Little Bucharest closed in 2004, reopening in recent years with a menu and atmosphere reflecting a vibrant intersection of American and European cultures. Original owner Branko Podrumedic recruited reputable Chicago chef Andre Christopher to update the menu at Little Bucharest upon its reopening, combining Old World Romanian flavors with lighter, contemporary bistro fare.

On weekend evenings the bistro features strolling minstrels, performing music from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine. On weekdays and late weekend nights, musical fare includes intimate performances by small groups (usually duos or trios), ranging from jazz to Latin and world music to cabaret.

    Little Bucharest Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (a 2-minute walk from bus 152 at Addison Street/Elston Avenue; a 3-minute walk from bus 82 at Elston Avenue/Kimball Avenue and about a 10-minute walk from the Blue line at the Addison-Blue station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 200 events annually
  • Ticket Prices: No cover charge for live entertainment.