The Run Down

We've got a wholesome Sunday morning planned in Rogers Park. It starts at a small Korean-American breakfast diner run by Susie, the Korean grandma you've always wanted in your life. Afterwards, on the same block, you'll visit a Sunday farmers market that takes over a narrow cobblestone side street, and underneath a canopy of trees, you'll shop for fresh fruits, veggies, pies and cheese.

1. Korean-American Breakfast @ Susie's Noon Hour Grill

2. Shop @ Glenwood Sunday Market

1. Susie’s Noon Hour Grill

We’re starting the day at Susie’s Noon Hour Grill, which is right off the Red Line Morse stop and in the middle of a small enclave of businesses hidden along Glenwood Avenue. This small business corridor feels unique because it’s not on some busy boulevard. Instead, it feels like walking through a narrow alleyway with storefronts on one side and train tracks, separated by a high concrete retaining wall, on the other side of it.

Once you make it to the diner, the first person you’ll see is Susie herself. For more than a decade, Susie Lee has single-handedly run this small diner.

With frenetic energy, she’s all over the place as your host, waitress, cook, and cashier. She doesn’t have time for small talk, so don’t expect as much. She’s all business –breakfast making business.

Here’s a wide angle shot of the diner to give you a sense of size. Susie’s kitchen takes up half the space with all her ingredients and cookware set up in a mini factory line. Any table gets you a clear view of Susie working her magic on the grill. 

Let’s get to the food. What does a Korean-American breakfast mash up look like? It’s an omelette with bulgogi and cheese folded inside and served with a side of crispy hash browns and toast.

There are also traditional Korean and American menu items too like Susie’s egg, bacon, and pancake special or her bibimbap rice bowl, which we opted for below.

2. Glenwood Sunday Market

After breakfast, you’ll walk a block to the Glenwood Sunday Market. This is a community farmers market that takes over this small side street on Sundays during the summer and fall. Here are a few logistics notes:

– It usually runs from the beginning of June through the end of October
– Held on Sundays from 9am to 2pm

There are so many wonderful farmers markets throughout Chicago, but this has to be one of the most picturesque setups out of all of them. The vendors are all lined up along a concrete retaining wall that separates the street from the train tracks.

On the opposite side of the vendors are a few bars and shops creating one seamless space between them. You can go from having a pint to shopping and back again. 

A full list of vendors can be found on the Glenwood Market website, but expect your fill of fresh baked bread, local produce, cheese, pies, and other baked goods. Bennison’s Bakery, is a long time staple of this market, and is a North Shore institution itself, operating out of Evanston since 1938.

As you make your way through the market, you’ll find pockets of open seating where you can hang out and snack on all the goodies you’ve collected on your shopping spree. If you squint, you can see the Morse stop platform at the top of this picture.

That does it for this guide, but the fun doesn’t have to stop here. If you still got the energy to keep the day going, you’re also close to Loyola Park Beach to spend the rest of the afternoon hanging beach side.