Our Story

THE INTERURBAN BOATHOUSE opened in March of 2018 at 1438 W. Cortland in Chicago. If you’ve ever gone east on Armitage Avenue from the Kennedy expressway in Chicago you’ve passed our spot. We’re also two blocks east of the Clybourn Metra stop so all you folks from the North and Northwest suburbs have easy access to our location. We have an attached parking lot which is so rare in the city of Chicago. Please come by! We look forward to seeing you.

For those of you that went to our alley location be prepared for a completely different atmosphere. We are now a full service restaurant. We have an expanded menu with full breakfast, lunch and dinner options. We have a full bar with a specialty cocktail menu. But we still have a full pastry case with grab and go options for those that want a similar experience to our old walk up window. We still work to make our savory foods healthy and our sweets natural and delicious. We still make food that tastes good. And yes, we still have pop tarts.

Interurban Boathouse Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. We have a selection of $5 drinks and appetizers. We also have $5 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for Saturday and Sunday brunch (until 3pm both days).

Since earning a culinary certificate from Washburne Trade School, Chef Christine McCabe has worked all around Chicago including time at Gabriel’s, Charlie Trotter’s, Sugar: A Dessert Bar, Carnivale, Epic and Park Grill. While at Sugar she was named Bon Appetit Magazine’s 2005 Pastry Chef of the Year. In 2012, after helping launch Glazed and Infused, Christine was looking to open her own place. She found an alley spot in Lincoln Park which she intended to use as a production kitchen for another location that couldn’t support its own kitchen. While she was waiting for that other spot to open she decided to put in a window and sell sweets. Interurban opened for business in November of 2012. Shortly after Christine noticed that there was shortage of lunch spots in the area and added lunch offerings to her menu. She closed the alley location in June of 2017 to focus on opening the Interurban Boathouse on West Cortland Avenue.

You may be wondering why we’re called Interurban. In the early 20th century the name Interurban referred to trains that went from the country to the city and back. And that’s Christine’s idea for Interurban Sweets and Savories – using natural ingredients that can be found in the country and putting an urban spin on them to meet 21st century tastes. On our menu you might find something you enjoyed when you were younger and find that it tastes as good or better than you remember.