Friday, March 26, 2010

Neighborhood Spotlight: Devon Avenue

The busy hub of Chicago’s Indian and Pakistani population, the stretch of Devon Avenue between California and Ridge Streets, is bursting with exotic colors, smells, and tastes. Now home to the nation’s 3rd largest concentration of Indian residents, the neighborhood’s influx began with graduate students and professionals from India and Pakistan after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Since then, Devon has burgeoned into the headquarters of Indian and Pakistani life in Chicago. Check out Devon (or “Little India,” as some call it) for authentic restaurants, grocery stores, boutiques, Sari shops, jewelry stores, salons, and the best place in Chicago to find Hindi films.

 KNOWN FOR: South Asian cuisine and merchandise, specifically Indian and Pakistani.

 DON’T MISS: Udupi Palace (2543 W Devon Ave) for southern Indian vegetarian cooking; Sabri Nehari Restaurant (2502 W Devon Ave) for the neighborhood’s best Pakistani food; Hema’s Kitchen (2439 W Devon Ave) for Indian food and a BYOB (bring your own beer) policy; Tahoori Sweets & Bakery (2345 W Devon Ave) for samosas and sweets; Deeba Beauty Salon (2752 W Devon Ave) for $5 eyebrow threading.

 GET THERE: Take the Brown Line train to the Western stop. Transfer

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