On September 2, 1999 Lula Cafe opened in a small storefront on Kedzie Boulevard with a four burner home stove and a dented collection of thrifted pots and pans. Today, stretching three storefronts, it is the founding member of the nationally recognized Logan Square culinary community and a celebrated forerunner of the ‘farm to table’ movement in Chicago.
With self taught chefs and a willingness to cook against categorization, the menu at Lula has grown into a kind of humble maturity, risky but grounded, a boheme bistro of the unclassifiable kind. We want you to come for all occasions, to read a book at the bar with a glass of wine, to celebrate birthdays and first dates, to taste through the seasons, to brunch with friends after a night out. Anything is possible, welcomed, wished for, here at Lula.
We serve a brunch that is casual, simple yet sophisticated, with ingredients like fresh farm eggs and porridges made from cornmeal ground at a local mill. Monday nights we host a weekly creative fixed price dinner for $43, which in 16 years has never once been the same. And besides the daily offering of meats and fish from sustainable sources, every day we serve adventurous fare for vegetarians, including a six course tasting menu offered nightly. While at dinner the food is more intricate and formal, we never cede the accessibility and youthfulness with which Lula was begun.
We have been featured on NPR’s “This American Life,” in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and in Chicago press where Lula has been named an LTH Forum Great Neighborhood Restaurant, a Michelin Bib Gourmande, Jean Banchet Best Neighborhood Restaurant, and a proud member of the “Eater Essential 38.”
Please join us. And remember, we’re closed Tuesdays.
Catering and Events
Lula brings artisanal cooking to your table for weddings, social occasions, intimate dinners, cocktail parties, and corporate events. Featuring custom menus by chef/owner Jason Hammel, we craft a spectacular feast for you and your guests from the bounty of local growers.
We tailor the details of each event to compliment your taste and personality. Our services include our onsite chefs and waitstaff; wine pairings and cocktail menus; arranging for china, glassware, linens, flowers, and furnishings. We can provide additional assistance with event and wedding planning including day-of-event coordination, venue and vendor referrals, floor plans and decor.
For larger parties please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org