We are located on the Northwest Side of Chicago at 7214 N. Harlem Ave. WE ARE ON HARLEM AVE. - HARLEM! HARLEM! HARLEM! Let me hear ya say it…Harlem!
We are just a hair north of Touhy Ave on the west side of Harlem Ave. We are 2 blocks west of Milwaukee Ave., and just 15 minutes from O’Hare airport for that perfect Chicago
There is parking in front of the store in the lot. During lunch time, this lot may be full. Do not despair! Spaces open up quickly. Plus you'll find lots of additional parking on the street 1 short block west on Oconto St. as well as on Touhy Ave.
to get the best route and times from your exact location.
If you are coming from the uber-hip neighborhoods of Bucktown, Wicker park or Ukranian Village, you can also just take Milwaukee Ave. north to Touhy Ave and make a right to the next light, Harlem. This is kind of a nice expressway-free urban scenic route. You’ll drive through city neighborhoods (all safe). You’ll pass Super Dawg www.superdawg.com
at Devon and Milwaukee - Chicago’s very own shrine to vintage drive-ins (Great Hot Dogs and Malts). Just look for the Giant Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Statues on top of the deco inspired building. Or if unnamed meat particles are verboten in your diet, there’s the vegan Korean restaurant Amitabul www.amitabul.getwebnet.com
, consistently making tasty and creative vegetarian eats. What’s their secret to success in savories? “We use zen meditation cooking energy as we make our all-organic sauces.”
Many folks from the south opt to take Harlem Ave all the way up. If you pick this route, travel mid-day to avoid the rush hour snarls that frequently plague the OP/RF and EP shopping areas. Depending on how far south you start, you’ll pass through the Oak Park/River Forest business district, Elmwood Park Italian neighborhood with its authentic delis, espresso shops and grocers, and the Maurice Lenell Cookie Factory (4474 N. Harlem Ave.). If you grew up in Chicago, you grew up eating these salty sweet addictive treats. The factory is still operating and you can still look in the windows and watch the conveyor belts churn them out.
7216 N. Harlem Ave.
Right next door to the A&R. Home to feisty Greeks who still hand blend their gyro meats in the back. If you like gyros you gotta try Nick’s. Voted “Best gyros in Chicago” by some magazine or newspaper. The Chicken shish ka bob is mighty tasty as well.
Prairieland Estate Services, antique warehouse
7505 N. Waukegan Rd., Niles, IL 60714. 847-588-5200
Warehouse is a strong word for this place…maybe miniature warehouse? Great selection of antique and vintage furniture, some artwork and lighting. Mixed bag of estate finds from 18th Century English to Mid-Century Modern. This friendly guy keeps wacky hours so call ahead to avoid disappointment. You can also see a good portion of his inventory on his Web site. www.prairielandwarehouse.com
7649 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles; 847-967-8995
If you were born after 1975, visit this place to see what a real butcher shop looks like. Since 1951, this has been the place for meat connoisseurs to get the good stuff. Old meat cases form a solid line of the best cuts of meat you can buy. Guys in white coats, sporting the occasional blood spatter, call out numbers and dish up things you’ll never find at the Jewel or Dominick’s. Smoked goose leg, anyone? How about a side of beef, 200lbs of USDA Prime? My personal favorites are the LandJeagers, dry cured sausages that don’t need refrigeration and are a tasty, protein rich snack. I keep a bunch in my car for snack emergencies. Their homemade soups and stews are also exceptional, all good quality natural ingredients. They are in the frozen cases to the left.
Super H Mart - Asian Market
7801 N. Waukegan Rd., Niles, IL 60714
Humongo Asian food market, with a produce section from Mars, a seafood section that leaves no doubt you are buying fish, and a food court offering Sushi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese foods at take out prices. Worth a spin as a curiosity, an absolute must if you cook Asian anything or just like to eat.
6699 N. Northwest Highway Chicago, IL 60631 (773) 775-0808
Italian food, real good, nice salads and apps. If you are a food snob coming out from Bucktown or Wicker Park this is your only choice for sit-down service with food that really satisfies. www.ziaschicago.com
Tony’s Italian Deli
6708 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL - (773) 631-0055
Authentic Italian Deli with hot and cold ready to eat foods at the back of the store at the deli counter. Good eats cheap. This is where we get our spicy Italian sausage to make our winter favorite, Sausage and Cannellini soup. Aisles are stocked with Italian specialties like anchovy paste and of course pasta of a million varieties.
At the intersection of Touhy Ave, Prospect Ave and Northwest Hwy in Park Ridge.
Landmark Art Deco Movie Palace in little downtown Park Ridge which has recently seen a bunch of development. (Name a Chicago neighborhood that hasn’t!) It's home to new shops and a Trader Joe’s. Pickwick has first run movies and some fun special events. www.pickwicktheatre.com