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It’s Oktoberfest, let’s celebrate!

This month we’ll be featuring a unique menu with special appetizers, main dishes and even dessert! What are you waiting for, channel your inner Bavarian and come on in!


Outdoor Dining Coming to Himmel’s!

Himmel’s Expands European Bistro with Outdoor Sidewalk Café this Spring

Himmels_PatioHimmel’s will be expanding its European bistro with alfresco dining. The café is the first street side café part of the new revitalization of Lawrence Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood led by 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar.

On Wednesday April 30th the Chicago City Council approved an outdoor seating license for Himmel’s restaurant.

Restaurant owners Diana Himmel-Krewer and Carol Himmel have been dreaming of offering an outdoor dining experience since their opening 7 years ago and now with the Lawrence Avenue streetscape they are able to make it areality.

The outdoor space will feature six tables, blue HB custom umbrellas shipped from Munich and a Bavarian style fence hand crafted by Carol & Diana’s father Erich Himmel and designed by their mother Inge. The patio will be adorned with beautiful red geraniums.

Grand Opening Celebration Ceremony
Friday, May 30, 2014
6:00 pm

Himmel’s Chicago — European Bistro
2251 W. Lawrence Avenue
Lincoln Square — Chicago, IL 60625

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Carol Himmel co-owns Himmel’s restaurant with her sister, Diane Himmel. They agreed that sponsoring the event this year was important to them as residents and local business-owners.

”We were born and raised in this community,” Carol Himmel said. “We do everything that we possibly can to contribute back to it and keep the camaraderie going between the businesses.”

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Himmel’s on WGN-TV

Carol Himmel stopped by WGN-TV to show us the restaurant’s pulled pork sandwiches with apple slaw, ahead of Saturday’s Apple Fest in Lincoln Square.

Fox Chicago hosts Himmel’s in studio

Chef and co-owner, Carol Himmel, joined Fox Chicago hosts to provide a sneak peak at Frühschoppen – Father’s Day brunch, Bavarian style! To make your reservation, call (773)784-8777.

Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

Himmel’s featured on CBS 2

What Makes Lincoln Square Unique? It’s a corner where German roots have given way to a vibrant modern community.

And Lincoln Square Patch covered the Morning Show’s coverage of the Lincoln Square area. Read more.

Himmel’s is home to the original Chicago Neapolitan pie

We’re all a little bit spoiled now that every new restaurant that opens is required by law to install ovens carved out of the rock face of Vesuvius, and it’s easy to forget that Pizza D.O.C. was first to get the dough rolling. But the place just kept quietly on, perfuming the 2200 block of Lawrence with the gentle whiff of wood smoke even after D’Ortenzi died and sisters Diana and Carol Himmel bought in five years ago. They kept serving the same pastas, salads, antipasti, and saltimbocca alla Romana too, but gradually began sneaking in specials that reflected their (and the neighborhood’s) German heritage. A few months ago they made a major move by putting their name above the door and putting those German dishes on the menu permanently.

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190 North visits Himmel’s

Whether it’s bratwurst, sauerkraut or schnitzel, who doesn’t love the traditional German dishes? 190 North’s Doug Banks pays us a visit.

Himmel’s featured on 190North

Make sure to check in with ABC-7 TV on March 17th at 11 pm to see the feature on Himmel’s.

Himmels featured on Patch – Lincoln Square

As Patch says “No matter your reason for liking the fried seafood tradition, here’s where you can get it in the neighborhood.”

Read the full article here.

Carol Himmel cooks live on WGN TV

Get your notebook and your pans ready, Carol Himmel is preparing Champignon Rahm Schnitzel on WGN TV!

Bavarian Bites In Lincoln Square

As featured in Thrillist.Check out the great pictures and and get a feeling for our new menu here.

Pizza and a Side of Spaetzle

We sat down with recently to discuss our name change and much more! Did you realize we had such German heritage?Find out more by reading the entire article here.

Himmels featured on Patch

PatchPatch staff writer Sarah Flagg sat down with Sisters Carol Himmel and Diana Himmel-Krewer to discuss the rebirth of Pizza DOC as Himmel’s Chicago. You can read the entire interview here.

Himmel’s mentioned in TimeOut Chicago

“All signs point to Deutschland.” Himmels is featured in ToC’s Trendcast: Four reasons German food will take off in 2013. You can read the entire article here

From the Chicago ‘Red Eye’

Says Chicago’s very own Red Eye newspaper: We’re one of the latest five spots for your weekend radar… 

Turning Over A New Leaf

As featured in Chicago Magazine’s ‘Dish’ column:

When New Year’s resolutions began on Tuesday, Pizza D.O.C. turned over a new leaf to become Himmel’s (2251 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-784-8777), a German-inflected restaurant under the same ownership. “Since the beginning, we have wanted to make it more European,” says Carol Himmel, co-owner with her sister, Diana Himmel-Krewer. “People were saying, ‘We are going to Himmel’s,’ anyway. Time to be proud and put our name on the shingle.” D.O.C.’s menu of pastas, salads, and woodburning-oven pizzas remains available, now augmented by dishes such as hand-scored pork shank (a dish common in Munich, the sisters’ ancestral home), beef rouladen, and champignon rahm schnitzel, as well as more wood-oven options, including chicken, bone-in rib eye, and fish. Funny, our own resolution resembled crossing the Alps, too—cleaning our desks.

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Pizza D.O.C. Becoming Himmel’s on NYE

For 15 years, Pizza D.O.C. has been cranking thin-crust pies out of Chicago’s first wood-burning pizza oven. On New Year’s Eve, Pizza D.O.C. will become Himmel’s, a “European eatery” focusing on German-style fare. But they’ll still have the pizza.

Check out more on Chicago Eater.

New Year – New Name – New Restaurant, Introducing Himmel’s of Lincoln Square

Sisters Carol Himmel and Diana Himmel–Krewer owners of Pizza D.O.C. are thrilled to announce their latest venture. On January 1, 2013 Pizza D.O.C. will become Himmel’s, a European style eatery in the heart of Lincoln Square. For five years the Himmels (of German heritage) have successfully dished up Italian delights while fulfilling their dream of running one of Chicago’s finest family-owned restaurants. Now, “Sister Act II – the second restaurant act” will play out under a new name, Himmel’s, providing the finest quality European cuisine.

Read more at PR Newswire.