North to South on Western Avenue

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  • 1. Flukys 6821 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60645 (773) 274-36526am - 10:30pm Monday through Thursday 6am - 11pm Friday and Saturday 7am - 10pm Sunday history.Flukys rst opened in 1929 to instant popularity. Their Depression sandwich, a hot dog with mustard, relish, onion, pickles, pepper, lettuce, tomatoes and french fries cost only ve cents. Today, their location in West Rogers Park still offers the house specialty, a basic vienna beef hotdog loaded with sweet relish, onion, dill spears and tomato slices for only $2.29. Other popular items include extra-creamy shakes, polish sausages and crispy fries. hollywood hotspot.Flukys was rated the #1 hotdog in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune and #1 hotdog in the United States by Forbes Magazine. Celebrity sightings include Jay Leno and the Tonight Show crew, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, and Chicagoan Jim Belushi, who shot a scene from Curly Sue at a Chicago Flukys location.

2. far left: The photogenic Flukys hotdog statue uses ketchup before mustard! center: Fryers and boilers can be seen from over the counter at Flukys. 3 3. Devon Avenue 6400 N. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60645 history. At the north end of the city, DevonAvenue meets Western in an area known worldwidefor its vibrant South Asian community. Indo-Pak restaurants, general stores, jewelers, Bollywood shops and Indonesian groceries line each sideof the 140-year old street. Ornate necklaces, hindu statues, and red, purple and green saris can be found at ease.hotspots. In a one mile strip lined with Indianrestaurants, its difcult to decide where to spend yourmoney and your calories. Hemas Kitchen would be a good choice. Hemas is a popular BYOB restaurant that serves a divine buna gohst - lamb sauteed withfresh peppers, onions, curry leaves and black pepper.Other local favorites: Gandhi India Restaurant, King Sweets (candies pictures at right) and Udupi Palace for vegetarians. 4. left: A small box of treats from King Sweets, a muslim candy store where the owner wont look women in the face. above: Internation Sari Palace (ISP) is lined in clothes and jewelery that can be expected of Indian culture.5 5. Lincoln Square 4602 N. Lincoln Ave. (where Lincoln meets Western and Lawrence) Chicago, IL 60625at left: Baby outts created by a local designer adorn the wall at Hanger 18. center: Shoppers browse the shelves at MerzApothecary. the story. Around the corner from the intersection of Lawrence and Western lies a small square rich in German culture. Lincoln Square was established in theearly 1900s and still remains a thriving center with manyshops aged over one century. 6. Merz Apothecary.Peter Merz, originalDelicatessen Meyer. Delicatessen Meyer owner and Swedish pharmacist, opened this European- is a staple to Lincoln Squares German community. style apothecary in 1875. The store focused on herbal Nearly one century old, the deli is now owned by medicines and traditional health formulas that were German immigrant Hans Liebl of Neukirchen, Germany. somewhat uncommon in the United States. The MerzHans, a master sausage maker, sells his high quality Apothecary has been family owned and operated since meats along with German cheeses, wines, beers and its opening and remains a popular spot today. chocolates to a majority of German-speaking clients.7 7. Waveland Bowl 7242 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60636 (773) 737-6294open 24 hours 8. the story Waveland Bowl rst opened in 1959 andpricing. Cost varies on an hourly basis. has not closed its doors for a single minute since. TheAdd $4.00 for shoe and sock rental. alley is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is homeMonday through Thursday to a lounge, billiards, arcade room and forty bowling lanes. 6am - 5pm: $1.50 per game The restaurant, Alley Dogs, is located inside and internet 5pm - 6am; $3.00 per game access is available anywhere on location.Friday6am - 5pm: $3.00 per game5pm - 6am: $6 per game The ourescent lights are replaced with black lights every night for Cozmic bowling, which includes fog machinesSaturday6am - 4pm: $3.00 per game and the lastest music videos being shown on a large4pm - 6am: $6.00 per game projector.Sunday6am - 4pm: $3.00 per game4pm - 6am: $4.00 per game 9 9. Margies Candies 1906 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 497-20219am - 10pm Sunday through Monday 9am - midnight Friday and Saturdayhistory.Margies Candies is an old-fashioned ice cream shop located in theBucktown neighborhood. The Chicago landmark was found in 1921 by Greek ImmigrantMargie G. Poulos and is now owned andAbove (left): Teddy bears are stuffed into coperated by her son, Peter George Poulos. Margies is best known for the hot fudge sundae made of 18% butterfat ice cream, hot fudge, realbutterscotch and caramel. Reported clientele include Al Capone and the Beatles, whostopped at Margies in 1964 after their concert atComiskey Park. environment.The interior of Margiesis small and quaint. A wait is highly-likely onweekend nights even in the winter months. Notmuch has changed over the past few decades as the old-school parlor is adorned with Tiffany lamps, memorabilia and a porcelain doll collection. 10. cups that say I Love You in the store window. above (right): Margies Candies storefront facing north on Fullterton.highlights hot fudge sundae (or one of 80+ additional sundae selections)extra-thick milkshakes rootbeer oats The Eiffel Tower - four scoops of fresh avors and paradise Margies Melody - an ice cream and marshmallow sundae 11 11. Harolds Chicken 7118 S. Western Ave.Chicago, IL 60636 (773) 778-9182 11am - 7pm Monday through Friday11am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 3pm Sunday 12. history.Harolds Chicken Shack has become a southside staple serving up fried chicken dinners for over 50 years. The chain was started in by Harold Pierce, a Chicago southside native who noticed that fast food chains often avoided opening in African American neighborhoods. Today, Harolds has 24 locations throughout Chicago (primarily on the southside) and has even opened a store in Dallas, TX.white half hot with salt and pepper. Harolds frequenters are always bragging about their regular order. Chicken dinners come in halves and quarters, white or dark. Each meal is served with french fries, cole slaw and white bread. Meat is described as ultra tender with crispy skin and barbecue or hot sauce.Other menu items include chicken wings, fried shrimp, fried catsh, livers, gizzards, and in recent years, Kool-AId (Harolds Chicken Shack . . . Now proudly serving Kool-Aid OH YEAH!).13 13. Fat Johnnies Famous Red Hots 7242 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60636 (773) 737-6294 11am - 7pm Monday through Friday 11am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 3pm Sunday the story.Fat Johnnies Famous Red Hots isone of Citysearchs top ten hotdogs in Chicago. The stand is also well-known for their polish sausages andtamales. Despite its popularity, Fat Johnnies is located in the Engelwood neighborhood and thus closes early. Seating is only available in the the summer, where picnicbenches can be found around the back of the stand.The hotdog stand has been open since the mid-70s and has frequented the Taste of Chicago. According to theirslogan, Fat Johnnies has Dynamite dinners on a bun- Fit for a king, queens, too. 14. below: Two hungry southsiders line up outside the Fat Johnnies stand..high lights hot dogs steamed and topped with mustard, relish, chopped onions, cucumber and tomato double dog - two hot dogs, one bun fat one - a quarter pound of hot dog meat double Super fat one - two quarter pound dogs on a bun with all of the trimmings . . . . be sure to order ahead for this selection! 15 15. Original Rainbow Cone 9233 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60620 (773) 238-707511am - 7pm Monday through Friday 11am - 6pm Saturday 11am - 3pm Sundayhistory.Rainbows founder, Joseph Sapp, wasan orphan who used to dream of getting more than one avor of ice cream on the spoon for his 1 cent investment. So when he grew up, he invented theve-avor Rainbow Cone, which features chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and Palmer House (a cherry-nut blend) ice creams, as well as a layer of orange sherbet. More than 79 years after he invented thisdelight, families still ock from miles around every summer to enjoy the cool concoction at its originalsite. Lines can get long, so plan on a wait whencoming at peak times. There are a few picnic tables out back, but its standing room only inside, where kids will love watching cone production. 16. left: Original Rainbow old-fashioned interior. center: icecream cakes. the original rainbow cone. The original rainbow cone is composed of ve avors--chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and Palmer House (cherry avored, with chunks of cherry and walnut) ice creams, along with orange sherbet--packed into a wedge atop your cone. The Palmer House variety is terric on its own, with huge pieces of cherries throughout. Similarly, the pistachio is loaded with nut chunks. Another house specialty is the rootbeer oat with soda from a keg.17 17. The Southside St. Patricks Day Parade 103rd through 115th and Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60636 history.The Southside St. Patricks Day Paradebegan in 1979 when the WeeFolks of Washtenaw and Talman pushed a baby buggy decorated with Irish arethrough the streets of the West Beverly neighborhood. Hence, the Southside St. Patricks Day Parade wasborn. Now in its 24th year, the parade has grown tobecome the largest St. Patricks Day celebration in the United States. Each year, over 200,000 specta- tors gather to watch 100+ oats, marching bands,Irish dancers, and politicians march through the above: a spirited family of children line western avenue as the paradestreets. Area families, schools, civic organizations marches by.and businesses are also well-known participants. The parade begins at 103rd Street and marche