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Get to Know Jefferson Park

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on August 2
Jefferson Park transit hub

Jefferson Park transit hub. (Wikimedia Commons)

Jeff Fest is inviting Chicagoans to enjoy food, music, and more this weekend.

The Northwest Side neighborhood has been known as the “Gateway to Chicago” as the site of Native American trails and the modern transportation hub where buses, the Blue Line, and Metra meet. Long home to a substantial Polish population, the Taste of Polonia is Labor Day weekend.

Susanna Ernst is the Northwest Chicago Historical Society president. Ellie Elouadrhiri is from Jefferson Park. They share their recommendations.

Something to Eat

After getting off the Blue Line, start your day with coffee and breakfast at Weston's. Want authentic Colombian food? El Asadero Colombiano has tender savory chicken and crunchy empanadas. Joe’s on Higgins has been serving thin, pan, and deep-dish pizza for decades. (It was Ellie’s first job!) Rex Tavern is also off the Blue Line, and it's dog-friendly.

Something to See

The Copernicus Center is Chicago's Polish cultural center. Esdohr House is the home of early settler Henry Esdohr, who purchased the home for $550 in 1874. Into citizen science? See birds at Caldwell Woods and Edgebrook Woods — and post on eBird logs.

Something to Do

Plant parents will love the Catalina Plant Co. Check out the Jefferson Park Sunday Market for fresh food, crafts, books, free yoga, and more. Chi Town Tattoo & Piercing has great prices. End the night at Chris’s Billiards for a couple rounds of pool.

Jefferson Park boundaries

Jefferson Park boundaries. (Google Maps)

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