Where to Find It: Between Chicago Ave. and the Eisenhower Expressway to the north and south, and between Halsted and California to the east and west
Located northwest of downtown Chicago, West Town is a frequently overlooked neighborhood, which is unfortunate because it’s a neighborhood that has a wonderful public space and some really great restaurants! In fact, a few of my favorite restaurants in the city are located in Noble Square along Chicago Ave., between Ashland and Noble St. – it’s turning into a new Restaurant Row. Green Zebra is a delicious vegetarian restaurant that even die-hard meat-eaters will love, Mexique offers French-Mexican fusion cuisine, Butterfly Sushi Bar and Thai Cuisine is perfect for Asian food cravings and Habana Libre serves authentic Cuban food. For a pre- or post-dinner drinks, my wife Jacque and I like to walk to the nearby West Town Tavern or Branch 27. And not too far away, just a few blocks north on Ashland, is the much-coveted dining experience Ruxbin. You have to get there early and expect to wait a while, but the food is worth the wait.
West Town is also home to the fabulous Eckhart Park at Chestnut and Noble, part of the Chicago Park District system. The park offers neighborhood residents an indoor swimming pool as well two baseball diamonds for warmer weather, and the greenspace itself is a great place for a walk in the sunshine! Speaking of warm weather, you’ll also find some great festivals in this neighborhood, like the Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale in June, West Fest in July and the popular Renegade Craft Fair in September, where hundreds of new-wave crafters from all over Chicago sell their unique and cutting-edge designs.
If you haven’t been to West Town in a while, it’s well worth the visit! Who knows? You might find your new favorite neighborhood.