Netflix’s Easy is an anthology series following the lives of a number of different Chicago residents and visitors. Easy’s creator Joe Swanberg filled the series with many of his favorite hangouts from his adopted hometown, featuring locations in Logan Square, Pilsen, Wicker Park, and more. Check out 10 of the best below.
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, Lincoln Park
In episode seven, “Chemistry Read,” a young actress performs in a play at the long-standing Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. The episode’s titles are also a drawing of the Biograph with the word “easy” replacing the name.
Half Acre Beer Company, North Center
Episode three, “Brewing Brothers,” is unsurprisingly about brewing beer. Brothers Jeff and Matt take a tour of the Half Acre brewery early in the episode, and their partners later get a drink in Half Acre’s Lincoln taproom.
Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 248 4038
City Lit Books, Logan Square
Graphic novelist Jacob Malco is the focus of episode five, “Art and Life,” and he gives a talk at City Lit, one of the city’s best independent bookstores. Find it on North Kedzie Blvd.
City Lit, 2523 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 235 2523
Baker Miller, Lincoln Square
Early in episode six, the characters played by Malin Akerman and Kate Micucci eat in Lincoln Square’s Baker Miller, a bakery and café that also has a stone mill to grind its own wheat.
Baker Miller, 4610 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 654 3610
Dusek’s Board & Beer/Thalia Hall, Pilsen
In episode four, “Controlada,” the characters get dinner at Pilsen’s Dusek’s Board & Beer, in the same building as Punch House and Thalia Hall.
Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 526 3851
Fantasy Costumes, Portage Park
It’s Halloween in episode one, and Andi needs to get some trick-or-treat costumes for her kids, so naturally, they go to Portage Park’s Fantasy Costumes, Chicago’s largest selection of costumes, wigs and more.
Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 777 0222
Handlebar, Wicker Park
One of the main characters in episode two is a vegan and a cyclist, so Handlebar in Wicker Park is the obvious place for her to get breakfast, with its vegan and vegetarian menu of American classics.
Handlebar, 2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 384 9546
Cloud Gate, Millennium Park
In “Controlada,” Gabi shows her friend from out of town around the city, including Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate and the Gehry-designed BP Bridge.
Dark Matter Coffee, Ukrainian Village
Back to episode three and a couple of the characters work for Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee—their Mothership, Roastery & Espresso Bar location on North Western Ave is featured.
Dark Matter Coffee, 738 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 697 8472
Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain, Humboldt Park
Later in episode two, two friends meet for dinner at Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain on North California Ave, even enjoying some of its famous gelato.