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Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Howard

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by Miguel Molina

This is Howard. Doors open on the left at Howard. Transfer to Purple and Yellow lines at Howard. This is the end of the red line. Hey everyone, welcome back to the tenth and final installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your student blogger and happy eater, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats on the CTA red line’s most northern terminus. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), trusty walking shoes and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Howard:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Howard is only two stops away from Loyola’s Lakeshore campus. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola up north toward Howard. The trip down will take you around 5-6 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. But for an even more scenic and leisure way, you can walk on Sheridan Road and It’s only a few blocks north of campus.This is especially true for those warm and sunny summer days that we will be having soon!

Places to Satisfy Your Cravings:

  • Sol Cafe: Looking for a coffee shop that is both hip and full of life and energy? Look no further than the Sol Cafe. Close to the Howard Station, this cafe has a true fusion of the different cultures and identities that populate the Rogers Park neighborhood. From Tortas (Latin American sandwiches) to Jerk Bowls (Caribbean style cuisine); this place has a bunch of unique takes on traditional flavors. If you are looking for something to perk you up, the Sol Cafe offers a variety of different coffee and teas that a mixologist would come up with. The atmosphere here is relaxed and chic with great artwork, open floor plan, and is a great place to hang out with your friends. To check out more about this venue, please check out their website at: http://www.solcafechi.com
  • Ethiopian Diamond: Seeking a unique and flavorful experience for you and your friends? Be sure to try Ethiopian cuisine! Yes, the Rogers Park community has a big population of Ethiopian and other eastern and western African immigrants. According to many of my adventurous friends, Ethiopian cuisine can be best described as a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. Luckily, the place has options that can be both mild and really spicy (depending on your tolerance to heat on your tongue). When you are here, be sure to try their coffee (which is super strong, potent, and thick) and their lamb dishes (which are super flavorful). And as always, make sure to eat with your right hand, it’s respectful and traditional. If you want to learn more about this restaurant, be sure to check out: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ethiopian-diamond-restaurant-and-bar-chicago

Thank you all very much for taking the time to read my blog as I took you from Chicago’s Chinatown up to the Rogers Park neighborhood. We had plenty of wonderful eats along the way, sights to see, books to read; all along our route. Until next time! Doors Closing.

   

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