In the heart of Chicago’s popular Lincoln Park neighborhood, Maison Marcel is bringing the flavors and flair of a traditional Parisian café to Chicagoans on the go. Its famous Lincoln Park To-Go Window serves up French pastry and bread, along with espresso, cappuccino, and other specialty drinks in a quick-serve window brimming with character.
For guests who want the full bistro experience, the Window offers several first-come-first-served bistro tables where diners can enjoy a fluffy French crêpe or a hearty turkey and swiss, followed by a steaming-hot espresso and a plate of petit fours.
In contrast to the stark brick and cold fire escapes of its alley neighbors, the To-Go Window is painted with bright flowers and lush greenery, creating an aesthetic warmth that permeates even the chilliest Chicago weather. The Window is on Armitage Street, just a block west of Halsted Street.
Nearby, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, guests can visit the original Maison Marcel bakery, founded by restaurateur Xavi De Yparraguirre as a tribute to his grandfather. The bakery is alive with the smells and sounds of Paris, from whirring cappuccino machines to the scent of fresh-from-the-oven croissants.
The restaurant supports local businesses and artisans as part of their mission. Two such partnerships are the hand-crafted crockery they source from the Chicago Ceramic Center and organic coffee from local producer Cafes Richard.
“À la maison” means “at home” in French, and De Yparraguirre ensures that each guest feels welcome and comfortable, from the open workspaces to warm lighting. Maison Marcel is located on 3114 N. Broadway Street, and serves guests Monday to Sunday.