Food

The Near West Side has long been a dining destination. Little Italy’s Taylor Street has been the place to go for Italian Food in Chicago for generations. More recently, sports fans have discovered that Taylor Street is an ideal dining stop on the way to a White Sox, Bulls, or Blackhawks game. As the neighborhood has grown, so have it’s dining options. In many ways, restaurants in this and many other neighborhoods are a reflection of the greater community. At one time, Little Italy’s residents were primarily Italian and so were all of the restaurants in the neighborhood. Today, the restaurant offerings reflect the diverse constituency of the area. Not only can restaurants reflect a community, they can unite a community. Certainly, it is easy to see past our differences when we are standing elbow to juicy elbow at Al’s Beef.
Each of the communities served by Connecting 4 Communities has a different dining scene. The individual restaurants will be explored in greater detail in our Food and Dining Blog. Here is a brief overview:

University Village is home to a number of newer restaurants that serve both the students living in UIC housing and the professionals and families that live in the University Village development and surrounding areas. Along both Maxwell Street and Halsted Street you will find: Joy Yee Noodles, Kohan Sushi, Lalo’s, Hashbrowns, Morgan’s on Maxwell, La Taberna Tapas, Reggio’s Pizza, Lush Wine and Spirits, Jim’s Red Hots, Express Grill, Jamba Juice, Caribou Coffee, Cold Stone Creamery, Quizno’s Subs, and Lotus Café.

Tri-Taylor, on the West end of Taylor Street, offers a number of great lunch options. The restaurants in Tri-Taylor cater to the Illinois Medical District. The flagship storefront in Tri-Taylor belongs to Ferrara Bakery. Stop for lunch in Tri-Taylor on your next lunch break at one of these great establishments: Superior Italian Bakery, Granddaddy’s Subs, Damenzo’s Pizza, and Bacci Pizzeria.

Little Italy is home to one of the oldest, continually operated restaurants in Chicago. Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap has been in the DiBuono family for three generations. Order off the chalkboard menus at this cash-only spot and soak in the local flavor. There are a number of other Italian and non-Italian destinations in Little Italy: Tuscany on Taylor, Little Joe’s, Al’s Beef, Demitasse Café, Flirty Cupcakes, Rosal’s, Chez Joel, Thai Bowl, Sofia’s Pizza, Chicago’s Busy Burger, Tatsu Sushi, Yogen Fruz, Gentile Wine Shop, Skinnie Piggy, Taylor Made Pizza, Sabor Express, Francesca’s on Taylor, Davanti Enoteca, The Rosebud on Taylor, Yummy Thai, Taj Mahal, Couscous, Umami, Three Aces, Lito’s Empenadas, Ichiban Sushi, Sweet Maple Café, Stax Café, Urban Union, Golden Thai, De Pasada, Lemongrass, Leona’s, The Patio, and Pompeii Pizza.

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