West Town Neighborhood Guide

West Town Businesses

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From the West Town Chamber of Commerce: The official West Town Community Area boundaries are Bloomingdale to the north (just north of North Ave.), the Chicago River to the east, Kinzie to the south, and Kedzie to the west. West Town is conveniently located approximately 2 miles west of downtown Chicago. 

West Town is actually a grouping of several different Chicago neighborhoods. It includes Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, East Village, Noble Square, River West and a portion of Humboldt Park. This section of the city is a hip area that has attracted major revitalization and condo development in recent decades. Some parts of West Town are still changing today as new businesses and restaurants pop up along the region’s arterial streets. Of course each community has its own distinct feel and flavor, but the whole of West Town is considered a happening place for food, fashion and nightlife.

Some of the more popular areas in West Town are Division Street, Chicago Avenue and North Avenue (which run east/west through the neighborhoods) and Western Avenue, Ashland Avenue and Damen Avenue (which run north/south). Up and down these streets are trendy diners, cafés, coffeehouses, taquerias, sushi bars, pizzerias, beer gardens, bar and grills, and other local haunts to grab some grub and a drink. And if you wander into the residential side streets, there are often little storefront taverns and restaurants situated on the corners. Since they are off the beaten path, the non-main drag establishments tend to be slightly less crowded on a Friday or Saturday night. But pretty much everywhere in West Town is a hot ticket for weekend outings.

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