Welcome to Berwyn's Depot District
A vibrant, walkable city center is a perk of living and visiting Berwyn. Our downtown, the Depot District, makes the best independent shops, restaurants, and bars easily accessible by foot, car, bike, or from one of the three Metra stops and many bus routes.
TRAVEL TO BERWYN
Extending across this city section is the BNSF Metra line with three stops within Berwyn’s Depot District as well as Pace bus routes, making it a breeze to get where you need to go. This “downtown” area of Berwyn offers daytime shopping and dining as well as nightlife options, so feel free to stay a while.
World-Class Care Close to Home
Berwyn’s Depot District hosts MacNeal Hospital which is Berwyn’s largest medical center and services a large amount of the area’s residents while also being the town’s biggest employer. As big as MacNeal Hospital is now, it once had humble beginnings inside Arthur MacNeal’s home on 33rd St and Oak Park Ave. The small hospital started when MacNeal realized the growing area desperately needed its own medical facility. Arthur MacNeal formed what was called Berwyn Hospital in 1919 with Dr. Stephens and a nurse, Ellie Raesie. The hospital has undergone many changes since 1919 and is now a huge medical center that takes up an entire village block in the Depot District. The hospital has received several awards for its excellence in service and state of the art equipment. On March 1, 2018 MacNeal Hospital was acquired by Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health, and held a Unity Ceremony in September 2018.
Classics to collectibles, cool to quirky, you’ll love hunting for something special at Curio Corner featuring new, vintage, and antique furniture, jewelry, gifts, and more. Reel Art Collectibles is also a great spot to find something unique. Shop movie posters, comic books, toys, vintage pop culture merchandise, and more. Follow them on Facebook so you can mark your calendar for their famous Warehouse Sales.
Lunges ‘n Lattes serves up delicious coffee and fresh-pressed juices along with a complete schedule of adult, family, and kids’ classes, including childcare. In the summer, attend their Open Air Markets every last Tuesday of the month through August and shop locally sourced produce and goods.
The first location of Familia Fresh Market & Danesi Caffe opened in the Depot District in 2008. Well stocked and well-staffed, the fresh produce selection gets frequent mention, as do the juice bar and dining area upstairs.
All-Day Dining Options
Breakfast is always a good idea, and always available at Connie’s Family Restaurant & Cocktails. Don’t worry; you can also get delicious lunch and dinner at this casual and family-friendly spot known for a daily menu of homemade soups.
Lavergne’s Tavern opened in 2016 and quickly became a hometown favorite. A seasonal food menu is matched by upscale bar options. With a restored tin ceiling and hardwood floors as well as a historic bar rebuilt with reclaimed wood, it blends the best of old-world style and modern dining.
Beer and pizza just go great together, especially at Flapjack Brewery. Located in the Depot District, this crowd favorite serves up wood-fired pizza along with a rotating menu of small-batch beers.
Still hungry? Try The Garage Smokehouse and Bar for Texas-style BBQ.
Community Art, Community Events
Whether you pause to enjoy them or to share on social media, you can thank the Berwyn Public Art Initiative (BPAI) – in collaboration with local business owners – for the Depot’s many colorful murals.
Berwyn is, as many residents will attest, all about community. To bring people together, the Depot District hosts several signature events. Come Spring, adults can enjoy an afternoon of putting and sipping at favorite taverns and restaurants during the Mini-Golf Pub Crawl. Buyers and sellers alike appreciate the Clean Sweep Garage Sale. Auto enthusiasts enjoy the Cruise Nites series, which celebrates our town’s classic car culture. In September, it’s time to toast two nights of fun during Berwyn’s Oktoberfest. Celebrate with the community in 2022!
Delicious Drinks & Nightlife
For a cozy yet lively experience, patrons love The James Joyce Irish Pub. If it feels like it’s straight from Dublin, that’s by design of the two Irish owners. Opened in 2000, this literary inspired spot features classic styling and a variety of beer and scotch, among many other options.
Described as equal parts cool and chill, The Outta Space is also equal parts arts and drinks. As a live entertainment venue, it hosts music, art, open mics, and variety shows.
As part of a Depot District bar crawl, you can also consider hitting up Godson’s Bar & Lounge, Off the Traxx, Perception Lounge, and Quan’s Oasis.