Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood attracts two types of people: hipsters and foodies. The combination of the two creates a dining scene that is less pretentious and more authentic than other restaurant hotspots in the city. When the folks at Parts & Labor invited me in to try their offerings, I couldn’t say no to eating out in one of my favorite neighborhoods.
I soon found out that Parts & Labor fits in perfectly with its surroundings. The restobar (a word I just made up to easily combine “restaurant” and “bar”) serves an impressive collection of beers and grills a mean burger in an environment that lets you unwind without feeling like you’re on display at a fashion show.
Parts & Labor looks like the kind of restobar Bob the Builder would design if he were a Logan Square resident. Traffic lights are brought together to create wall art. A collage of trucks serves as a cool backdrop to a modular seating area. The look is an industrial, grown-up playground.