The Northwest Side neighborhood of Avondale is rich in working class traditions and low-key charm. Its industrial character continues to evolve as longtime residents welcome the influx of artists, young professionals and new families drawn to the area's affordable homes, easy access to downtown and multicultural heritage.

Traditionally it is the heart of Chicago's Polish community. St. Hyacinth Basilica, one of three historic basilicas in the city, anchors what is known as the "Polish Village". Along this commercial corridor on Milwaukee Avenue, you'll find Kurowski's Sausage Shop - which is celebrated for having the best meats and rye bread this side of Warsaw - as well as local favorites like Endy's Deli, Red Apple and Staropolska.

Today a sizable Hispanic population makes up the largest ethnic contingent within Avondale, though a look at the medley of restaurants speaks to the diversity of this enclave. Worldly eats span from Russian to Romanian to Ecuadorian to Japanese. Find Emerald Isle favorites like fish & chips and Shepard's pie at Chief O'Neill's, where the lively pub atmosphere spills out onto the spacious beer garden each summer. Kuma's Corner is where craft beers and bold burger combinations are complemented by a heavy metal attitude. Or dig into classic American bbq at Pork Shoppe.

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