Devon Avenue

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Ann B
28 contributions
May 2014 • Family
Whenever I encounter tourists in Chicago lining up for "The Rainforest Cafe" or "Pizzaria Uno" (both are chains you know), I want to step in and urge them to the north side. The West Rogers Park neighborhood is the cultural tossed salad. Devon Avenue is like Chicago's Brick Road. There are so many wonderful Indian and Pakistani restaurants, snack shops, cafes and grocers. In the market for a sari? You won't be able to decide where to shop first. Many restaurants offer a lunch time buffet. Vegetarian? Halal? No problem. It's here. A few of my favorite restaurants include: Hema's Kitchen; The Viceroy; and Tiffin. Just want a snack and cup of masala tea or a lassi? Stop at Sukhadia's Sweets and Snacks. It's a great and unique experience just to walk up and down the street and enjoy.

Added bonus: if you continue walking west on Devon, you eventually encounter some kosher restaurants, a Russian bakery (get the babka) and a Russian deli.

The tricky part: How to get there? If you're coming from downtown and have deep pockets, take a cab. Driving there is simple enough, but parking can be tough (not impossible), Public transportation: one can take the Red Line to the Granville or Loyola stop and walk (2 miles?) or cab it from there. Also, there is a Devon bus (#55) that can be picked at Sheridan Rd (near the Loyola "L" stop.)

Be adventuresome and enjoy.
Written May 13, 2014
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IA-Bubba
San Diego, CA24 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Probably also little Bangladesh as well. Check out Patel brothers food store for authentic sub-continent food items. Many buffet restaurants. Pick up a sari for the wife.
Written August 20, 2012
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lauraB4777YM
Evansville, IN7 contributions
Feb 2018
Devon Avenue, west of Western Avenu, has long been the center for Indian and Pakistani dining and shopping. Restaurants and tea rooms, excellent. Clothes shopping? Mind blowing! For a gringa, finding such beautiful and wearable clothing from the subcontinent filled my suitcase. Beautiful clothes, handsome men’s clothes, really reasonable prices. I love going there when I visit Chicago (my old home town)
Written June 18, 2018
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Allen21096
Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The Indian-Pakistani part of West Devon Ave. is not located anywhere near Park Ridge, as the TripAdvisor map suggests. It is located approximately 7.2 miles east on Devon Ave., between 2400 W. (Western Ave.) and 3200 W. (Kedzie Ave.), in Chicago, itself. You will find countless numbers of Pakistani and Indian restaurants, ranging from inexpensive to expensive. There are a number of sari stores, as well as some nice jewelry stores. The only drawback to the area is that parking can be a bit of an issue.
Written October 3, 2016
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Quiana S
Chicago, IL175 contributions
May 2017 • Family
My husband took my daughter & I here for Mother's Day. The restaurant was dimly lit, had a nice ambiance & felt welcoming. We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door, we were seated immediately and our waitress greeted us promptly.

The food was superb and the service was equally as great. This is a restaurant for couples, family or even small parties. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It can be quite pricy, but worth every dime spent!!

I can't wait until my next Devon visit.
Written May 22, 2017
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Edam231
Chicago, IL162 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
Along Devon Ave are many inexpensive Indian and Pakistani Restaurants that are especially good for vegetarians. There are also jewelry stores, sari shops, groceries that have mostly south asian customers. Beyond California, the street is more ethnically diverse with remants of the old Jewish community, a very good kosher bakery, a russian deli, and an excellent and unusual Georgian bakery. It is a part of Chicago that doen't get many tourists but is worth the visit. Most shops are closed on tuesday. The kosher stores are closed on Saturday.
Written April 13, 2012
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RBW
Michigan109 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This is our favorite part of Chicago and we stop here every time we drive through. We've tried many restaurants even in one day and have found that the smaller quick eats are much better than the fancier "higher rated" restaurants. Parking can be an issue so I'd recommend finding a side street to park on and walking to where you want when it's nice out. So far we have focused on food here but would love to explore the shopping in the future.
Written February 17, 2019
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JohnTheBear
Toronto, Canada4,540 contributions
For a Chicago experience far from the tourist attractions of downtown and the near north, head over to this strip, especially on a Sunday afternoon. It used to be a mostly Jewish neighborhood but is now primarily an Indo-Pakistani one. Loads of Indian and Pakistani eateries mingle with sari palaces, Bollywood video stores, jewelers selling exquisite gold filigree, and various other ethnic specialty shops. The last section still has a trace of the former Jewish flavor but also includes a fine Russian deli.

A multi-ethnic Chicago experience not to be missed. Despite being crowded and a tad grungy in spots, this is a perfectly safe neighborhood. Parking is a bit difficult at times, however.
Written November 29, 2008
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Venkataraman C
Indianapolis338 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
I went back to Devon Avenue after a few years and felt that the character of the place changed a lot.

I don't know whether this is good or bad.

There is a paid parking lot owned by a very friendly owner/operator called Khan. (This is west of Mysore Woodlands.) The parking lot seems to have not finished. Several of the signs are clearly wrong. It is also quite weird -- if you go straight you go down and if you turn before that you go up. I parked there on three different occasions and still didn't quite get the hang of it. I wanted to park in a spot such that my wife can take the elevator down and not strain her bad knee. I failed on this on all but one occasion. Some of the stairs lead to the elevator but some don't. The elevators do not work at Level 3. Thus there are a lot of annoyances. However, the friendly Khan makes up for almost of these problems.

There is a reason I dwell so much on the parking. A few years ago the only place to park was in the side streets in front of the row houses. The owners didn't like it and it was a continuous war. Now, each spot in front of the houses has a sign preventing non-permit owners from parking.

I am Indian. I found that some/many of the Indian restaurants have left the area. The Indian grocery stores are still there. The crowd was not very Indian last Friday and Saturday. I am actually South Indian -- there were enough restaurants and stores to bring me here though I miss the overwhelmingly India crowd. If I can find a good South Indian restaurant downtown, I probably will not go here.
Written August 20, 2016
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Anonymous0123
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Best shopping experience ever! Good old fashioned customer service. Quality Sarees, beautiful shalwar kameez, jewelry, and gift items. A one-stop shop on Devon.
Written May 26, 2015
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