Why we love it
West Ridge, home to the area known as Little India, is where you’ll find colorful wares, a vibrant mix of cultures, and a strong sense of community.
West Ridge is a thriving and diverse melting pot of cultures, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian populations. The most well-known area is probably Devon Avenue, the heart of Chicago’s Indian and Pakistani communities. People flock here to experience its many authentic restaurants, traditional bakeries, clothing shops, and international grocers.
While you’re in the neighborhood, visit the Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District, where local architects began experimenting with form and style to create bungalows that are unique to Chicago.
For an outdoor adventure, head to Warren Park, a green oasis featuring something for every season — like batting cages, a 9-hole golf course, racquetball, basketball, tennis courts, and an ice-skating rink.
Explore like a local
Shop for colorful silk garments at India Sari Palace. Stroll the duck-filled lagoon at Indian Boundary Park. Head to the Indo-American Heritage Museum for a “Taste of India,” an insider’s tour of Devon Avenue’s global marketplace.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter