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Get to Know Albany Park with Devika D.

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on November 16, 2022   |   Updated on May 27
The corner of Lawrence and Kedzie in 1926 and 2006. (Kim Scarborough / Flickr)

The corner of Lawrence and Kedzie in 1926 and 2006. (Kim Scarborough / Flickr)

Known as one of the most diverse zip codes in the U.S., Albany Park has been home to Jewish, Asian, Latinx, and Middle Eastern immigrants. While the area faces gentrification today, these cultural influences remain.

Albany Park resident and reader Devika D. shared what she likes to do in the Northwest Side neighborhood.

Something to eat
: “At Angelo's Wine Bar, start with the flight and bites for some wine-paired charcuterie, and calamari fritti with garlic confit aioli and giardiniera for a Chicago touch. Then go for the drunken bucatini and carbonara pizza! Eggs on pizza make for a great next-day breakfast.”

Something to drink
: “Grab an espresso martini at Bokeh!”

Something to see
: “Walk the trails next to the river down to where the kayakers dwell at River Park. See native plant life and local birds, and check out the murals.”

Plus, the Hey Chicago crew had one more rec.

Something to do
: “Check out the original works from Albany Park Theater Project, which aims to tell immigrant and working-class stories that often reflect the neighborhood.”

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