West Town or Noble Square is a little neighborhood just in sight of Chicago’s bustling downtown. West Town is definitely unfairly overlooked, because this large and diverse area is bursting with character. If you have yet to explore this vibrant ‘hood, make sure to put it on your list.
Bari is the epitome of ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. It might look like a simple Italian grocery store on the outside, but inside it is a wonderland filled with delicious fresh meats and cheeses. Many people have described Bari as having the best Italian subs in the city. If you are in the mood for a filling and casual lunch, this is the spot for you.
Bari, 1120 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 666 0730
From its opening in 1990, Chopin Theatre has been dedicated to showing unique musical, literary, and film events. Many of their productions are based on the Eastern European immigrant experience due to the neighborhood’s origins. However, you definitely do not have to be Eastern European to enjoy the beautiful space inside the theatre and their fascinating performances.
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 278 1500
This restaurant is not for you if you are looking for some really fancy dining, but if you are looking for delicious and authentic Polish food, this is the place. Podhalanka doesn’t even have a website but we can promise you that even you can’t look at the menu beforehand, you will still be able to find something absolutely mouthwatering. The food has been described as tasting like it’s straight from Grandma’s kitchen. The perogies are large and covered with melted butter, and if you are feeling adventurous, the white borscht is a speciality.
Podhalanka, 1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 486-6655
This is an adventure that begins in Noble Square and that can take you around to some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods in a new way. Kayak Chicago provides professional guided tours on the expansive Chicago River. You can see amazing places and get informative historical tours all from your kayak. Be sure to return to Noble Square after you have worked up an appetite.
Kayak Chicago, 1501 N Magnolia Ave Chicago, IL, USA, +1 630 336-7245
This restaurant defies the idea that American food has to be boring and flavorless. Ada Street and it’s extremely friendly staff creates classic dishes like tomato soup and bread pudding with a twist. People rave about the polenta fries, donuts with caramel sauce, and the sliders. This unmarked restaurant and bar will become an instant favorite.
Ada Street, 1664 N Ada St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 697-7069
Treat yourself to a candlelit Italian meal, but this is not your parent’s date-night spot. Charlatan makes classic Italian dishes with trendy twists. The decor is stunning dark wood that will make you feel like you are a part of a members only club. However, this definitely doesn’t mean snotty service. There is a wonderfully enthusiastic staff serving up delicious meals. Everyone will be able to find a favorite dish from the classic meatballs to the goat cheese stuffed chicken breast.
Charlatan, 1329 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 818-2073
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