"Jackson Boulevard" Neighborhoods-other Tip by mam3206

Neighborhoods-other, Chicago: 50 reviews and 78 photos

This block of Jackson is about 2 miles west of the Loop. It can be a nice addition to a visit to Little Italy. Walk north on Loomis from Little Italy, cross over the expressway and L tracks, and head west on Jackson. (If you're coming from downtown, take the blue line to Racine, exit the station at Loomis. Head north on Loomis, west on Jackson.) Once you pass Laflin, you'll enter one of my favorite blocks in Chicago. Many lifelong Chicagoans don't even know it exists. It's a nearly perfectly preserved street from the late 19th century. Twice a year or so, the Chicago Architecture Foundation does a tour of this street that is worth taking if you can. (Go to www.architecture.org and search for "Jackson Boulevard" tour.) When you get to Ashland, take a right and go north two blocks to Bombon Cafe at 38 S Ashland. This place is a real local gem. Amazing food, great staff, and a wonderful atmosphere. And you just might be the only tourist there!

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  • Written Jul 22, 2007
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