Are you thinking of living in Chicago's greater suburban areas and you're wondering what it’s really like? In this video, I’m going to take you on a tour of East Dundee, one of Chicago’s best suburbs. We’ll look at everything from local breweries to delicious restaurants to give you an idea of all this area has to offer.

Exploring East Dundee

Before we dive into the great food and drink you can find here, let’s get some data out of the way so you understand the size and population of East Dundee. While many people don’t know about this suburb, its downtown has become a great hotspot for nightlife or just an afternoon stroll.

East Dundee is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and is home to about 3,181 residents—making it small and quiet. This village is located in Kane County, with a small section in Cook County. It’s also adjacent to the Fox River, giving residents an excellent view of the water.

According to, East Dundee is ranked 6 out of 20 for the best places for young professionals in Kane County. It also ranked number 65 out of 543 for the best places to retire in Illinois.

North River Street Eateries

East Dundee has a fabulous row of restaurants and drinking establishments on North River Street. Eateries range from delightful Italian restaurants to sports bars, taverns, and microbreweries.

One of the most sought after restaurants in East Dundee is Aliano’s Ristorante. If you're looking for that perfect Instagram picture, look know further. Their pristine patio make for a picture-perfect setting to enjoy fantastic Italian cuisine in a classic atmosphere. This fine dining experience will not disappoint.

East Dundee is also home to Bandito Barney's Beach Club, northern Illinois’ premier beer garden and sports bar. They’re known for their signature drinks served in turquoise cups along with live music on Thursday through Sunday nights during the summer. There’s a great vibe and a fun atmosphere that you’ve got to experience for yourself.

Another great East Dundee eaterie on North River Street is Black And Gray Brewing. This family owned brewery will always have an American lager or ale on tap. It’s a great place to throw back a few. You can also dine with a great view of the Fox River at Rosie’s Public House, where you’ll always be treated like family.

More Food And Drink

Another beautiful dining choice is Duke’s Blues And Barbeque. This place is Southern barbecue at its finest. Another option is Mockingbird Bar + Garden, a lively and stylish gathering place with plenty to eat and drink. Of course, I have to mention one of my favorites: Diamond Jim’s Tavern And Gas Grill. Inspired by the early 19th century downtown pubs, Diamond Jim’s has an inviting atmosphere. It's a great place to relax with family and friends.

Remember those taverns in the city of Chicago? The ones in the middle of the block or on the corner in a residential street? You can capture that feeling with River Street Tavern, East Dundee’s first high-end pub. Here you can take advantage of excellent food and great drinks in a comfortable atmosphere.

The newest gem in East Dundee is an amazing place that reminds me of some of the best neighborhood Italian delis in the city of Chicago. They have a 36-inch sub for only $35 that can feed the entire office or neighborhood.

Making Your Move

I hope this gave you some insight into all the great options you have for enjoy life in East Dundee. If you have any additional questions about this or other suburban communities in the Chicago Land area, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask. And if you're thinking of moving or relocating to any of Chicago's suburban communities, remember that we've got your back and we’d be happy to help.

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