Neighborhood

West Ridge


 
  

Neighborhood Description

No, you won't find lions, tigers or bears here (anymore), but nestled into the northwest corner of West Ridge's Indian Boundary Park is the city's second zoo. This small zoo, which began with one American black bear in the early 1900s, is now mainly home to farm animals, such as goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens. This isn't the only thing that draws people to the park, though. The park's field house, a building that incorporates Native American and Tudor elements, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the grounds feature a small lagoon, an impressive playground, and beautifully landscaped grounds. 

West Ridge isn't known only for it's park and small zoo. With commercial centers catering to Jews, Middle Easterners, Indians, Pakistanis and Koreans, and over 80 languages spoken by area residents, the neighborhood is also home to one of the city's most diverse populations. The most notable of these is the concentration of Indian culture. Devon Avenue is lined with dozens of authentic Indian dining and shopping options, and most people not from the area associate West Ridge with this strip of pavement, which is sometimes referred to as "Little India."

Neighborhood Links

West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
(773) 743-6022
2720 West Devon Avenue
 
History of West Ridge

 

Resources in West Ridge

Hospitals

Swedish Covenant Hospital
(773) 878-8200
5145 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-3687

 

Post Office

US Post Office
(773) 743-2650
1723 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660-9998

 

Library

Northtown Public Library
(312) 744-2292
6435 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645-5208

 

Schools

Boone Elementary School
(773) 534-2160
6710 N. Washtenaw
 
Rogers Elementary
(773) 534-2125
7345 N. Washtenaw
 
Mather High School
(773) 534-2350
5835 North Lincoln Avenue
 
Decatur Classical Elementary School
(773) 534-2201
7030 North Sacramento Avenue
 
Jamieson Elementary School
(773) 534-2395
5650 North Mozart Street
 
Clinton Elementary School
(773) 534-2025
6110 North Fairfield Avenue
 
Stone Elementary Scholastic Academy
(773) 534-2045
6239 North Leavitt Street
 
St. Margaret Mary School
(773) 764-0641
7318 N. Oakley
 
IDA Crown Jewish Academy
(773) 973-1450
2828 W. Pratt
 
Bethesda Lutheran School
(773) 743-0800
6803 North Campbell Avenue

 

Grocery Stores

Patel Bros
(773) 764-1857‎
2610 West Devon Avenue
 
Indian Grocery & Imports
(773) 262-7777‎
2610 West Devon Avenue
 
World Fruit Market
(773) 508-0700‎
2434 West Devon Avenue
 
North Water Market
(773) 764-3557
2626 West Devon Avenue
 
Kol Tuv Kosher Foods
(773) 764-1800
2938 West Devon Avenue
 
Bismillah Grocery
(773) 761-1700‎
2742 West Devon Avenue
 
Madni Mart USA
(773) 761-4626‎
2440 West Devon Avenue
 
A & J Grocery
(773) 465-5181
6406 North Claremont Avenue
 
Kol Touhy Kosher
(773) 761-1800
2923 West Touhy Avenue


Cool Places to Eat

Udupi Palace Restaurant
(773) 338-2152
2453 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Indian
 
Arva Bhavan
(773) 274-5800
2508 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
 
Katsu Japanese Restaurant
(773) 784-3383
2649 West Peterson
Cuisine: Japanese
 
Ghareeb Nawaz Restaurant
(773) 671-2727
2032 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
 
Khan Barbeque Restaurant
(773) 274-8600
2401 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
 
Tam Popo Japanese Restaurant
(773) 561-2277
5665 North Lincoln Avenue
Cuisine: Japanese
 
Gandhi  India Restaurant
(773) 761-8714
2601 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Indian
 
Tiffin, Inc.
(773) 338-2143
2536 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Indian
 
Solga Restaurant
(773) 728-0802
5828 North Lincoln Avenue
Cuisine: Korean
 
The Fish Keg
(773) 262-6603
2233 West Howard Street
Cuisine: Seafood
 
Sher Punjab Indian Restaurant
(773) 973-4000
2510 West Devon Avenue
Cuisine: Indian
 
Wolfy’s
(773) 743-0207
2734 West Peterson Avenue
Cuising: Fast Food