The weather is finally getting warmer, the jackets are getting lighter, and the grass is trying to get greener; spring is slowly but surely making its way to Chicago! Here at Loyola, this coming week, we are getting ready for our Spring Break. Whether you live in Chicago and want to explore more of the city or you are from out of state/country and want to find places to hang out and check out, this is the blog post for you! Unlike my Explore Chicago CTA Edition segment of my blog, I will be focusing in on certain neighborhoods you should definitely check out during the break. So make sure you bring along your ventra card, your friends, and, as always, bring an empty stomach!
Pilsen: Do you enjoy traditional, quality Latino food? Then Pilsen is definitely the place to check out! This Hispanic community is full of life, color, and food. Throughout the town, many of the walls are covered with Chicano murals depicting both real life as well as contemporary mythological beings. An attraction to see while your in town is the National Museum of Mexican Art. This museum is free to the public and is a great way to gain a glimpse of Mexican culture (you should see this place during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you are looking for great places for food, be sure to check out places that serve authentic tacos, horchata, or jamaíca (hibiscus flower water)! You can never go wrong with what you order 🙂
For more information on the museum on current exhibits and events, be sure to check out: http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org
Wicker Park: Often labeled as Chicago’s “hipster district”, Wicker Park is the place for those who want the alternative experience. From used record shops, to antique furniture stores, to four level bookstores; this is a great place for you and your friends to hang out. Wicker Park is known for its many boutique bakeries and businesses that line the streets. When you are here make sure you pick some quality Stan’s Doughnuts (you can never stop eating at one) and grab a book (or BOOKS if you are me) at Myopic Books.
For more information on Stan’s Doughnuts (with their extensive menu) and Myopic Books, be sure to check out the links attached: http://stansdonutschicago.com and http://www.myopicbookstore.com
Hope you all have an awesome Spring Break and see you the following week as we go back on the CTA Red Line to explore more of the North Side of the city! See you then!