Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground, a restaurant with locations in the heart of Wrigleyville and Edgewater, is open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and features contemporary American bistro cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal, regional, organic ingredients. National music acts perform nightly in an intimate acoustic listening room while art openings feature local Chicago artists monthly.

In 2008, Uncommon Ground became certified as the first organic roof top farm. Their produce is used in both restaurants and is sold at their weekly farmer’s market, complete with local musicians and artists displaying their goods.

The roof top farm is built on the 2500 square foot deck and is made from post-consumer recycled materials (654 square feet of soil). The beauty of the roof top farm is embellished by a variety of flowers and companion plants. They will be planting some seed varieties that have been included in the Slow Food movement’s “Ark of Taste.” (“The Ark seeks, first and foremost, to save an economic, social and cultural heritage of fruits and vegetables…”).

The restaurant supports other local farmers by purchasing organic plants at farmers markets.


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Filed under Agriculture, Art, Local Food, Restaurant/Dining, Rooftop and Container Growing, Sustainable Construction, Urban Farm

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