Chicago's designation as a city of neighborhoods has led to a revolution in ethnic dining that will satisfy your tastebuds and curiosity.
In Chicago's West Loop, you'll find Greek Town. Seafood, flaming cheese (saganaki) and gyros are just the opening fare at restaurants such as Athena, Roditys and Santorini.
Going south a little lands you in Little Italy, along Taylor Street, or Old Italy, a little farther south, where you can hold your own pasta parade, searching for the perfect sauce from contenders like Tuscany on Taylor, the original Rosebud, or the new, crowd-generating Davanti Enoteca. Save room for gelato.
Don't forget Chinatown. The majestic gate that marks the official entrance into the neighborhood leads you to a Hong Kong style dim sum
along with many other alternatives.
Still hungry? Devon Avenue represents our version of Mumbai, complete with bakeries, sari shops and every regional Indian/Pakistani dish possible. Of course, excellent Indian restaurants like India House and Indian Garden exist right in the Michigan Avenue area.
Finally, Thai food has become so accepted that it really has no geographical pattern. One source counts more than 180 Thai restaurants in Chicago. Star of Siam, the one that might have started it all, is still going strong on Illinois Street, just east of State.
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