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East Garfield Park

It took awhile for East Garfield Park to come into its own as a distinct neighborhood community. Since its annexation to Chicago in 1869, East Garfield Park has had to re-invent itself more than once. In recent years this Chicago neighborhood has experienced a resurgence of interest with developers and first-time homebuyers taking note of the neighborhood's affordable housing stock.

One of the neighborhood's main attractions is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2008. Located on a section of the beautiful 185-acre Garfield Park, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a true Chicago treasure providing visitors with a living, growing art museum where exotic plants take the place of framed works. With a trip to the Conservatory, Chicagoans can enjoy tropical climates every day of the year, which is the perfect escape during the city's cold winter months. Should the Conservatory inspire anyone's green thumb the City Escape Garden Center will help the aspiring gardener load up on all the essentials from seeds to samplings, soils to mulches and all the necessary tools of the trade.

Garfield Park

Eating in Garfield Park is a real treat with a hodge-podge of good American and Southern style soul places. If you were an alien from outer space setting foot into Feed, a favorite East Garfield Park eatery, you might make the assumption that chicken is the only thing humans cared to eat. Indeed the decor is set up for poultry worship and so is the menu, which advertises quarter- or half-chickens served with delicious sides like mac and cheese, collard greens or mashed potatoes. The recent addition of an outdoor patio is a nice upgrade for this quaint neighborhood joint, making it a popular restaurant year-round. Keeping with the downhome flavor, both Edna's and Wallace's Catfish Corner are neighborhood canteens that keep the southern spirit alive with their soul food offerings. The tiny, unassuming Al's Red Hot's has been serving the neighborhood hot dogs and fries for over five decades and still manages to “wow” with its great tastes.

Say what you will about strip malls, they're the place for true bargains and that's true in East Garfield Park as well. A trip down Madison Street yields deals on discount footwear (Payless Shoe Source and The Athlete's Foot) as well as on beauty supplies (Smile Beauty Supply and Total Beauty Supply) and fashionable accessories (Chicago Hi-Fashion and Casual Express). Bargain hunters can also save a buck or two by exploring some of East Garfield Park's discount shopping outlets such as Essence Discount or Pulaski Discount.

Housing in East Garfield Park is varied and affordable with bungalows, graystones, free-standing multi-unit buildings and brick row houses lining the neighborhood’s residential side streets. Many of the older Victorian edifices have been converted into two-flats, but the classic vintage charm still holds true.

The CTA is a great way for travel to and from East Garfield Park with no less than four stops on the Green Line train and three for the Blue Line train along the neighborhood's southern border. Several CTA buses serve East Garfield Park, running along Chicago and Western avenues and Pulaski Road. The Eisenhower Expressway may have been an irritation to residents sixty years ago, but now it provides a quick and easy transportation alternative for getting to and from East Garfield Park for anyone who has a car.

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Dining in Garfield Park

AA Bar BQ
1139 S. Pulaski Rd.
773-265-9380
Edna's Soul Food
3175 W. Madison
773-638-7079
Ann's Beef & Rice
3954 W. Lake St.
773-533-1060
Uncle Remus
4144 W. Madison St.
773-265-8441
Beef Chop Suey
214 N. Homan Ave.
773-265-8303
Boom Fried Rice
356 S. Pulaski Rd.
773-826-0589
Chop Suey Joy
8 S. Karlov Ave.
773-533-7373
D & Lee's Barbecue
4337 W. Madison St.
Daisy's Barbeque Hut
3853 W. Madison St.
773-638-4737
David's Hot Pit Bar-B-Q
610 S. Central Park Ave.
773-722-1213
Delta Fish Market
228 S. Kedzie Ave.
773-722-0588
Lee's Bar-BQ
4335 W. Madison St.
773-287-4489
Luigi's Pizza
4212 W. Madison St.
773-722-0109
Mary's Soul Food
1143 S. Pulaski Rd.
773-265-0521
Midwest Chop Suey Restaurant
3854 W. Madison St.
773-533-7708
Papa Charlie's
4100 W. Madison St.
Shang Hai Star #2
4125 W. Madison St.
773-826-0002
Ultimate Cup
3301 W. Arthington St.
773-826-8509

Resources in Garfield Park

Post Office
2419 W. Monroe
 

Entertainment in Garfield Park

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Garfield Park Lagoon
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Bossman Blues Center
3500 W. Lake
 

Schools in Garfield Park

Beidler School
3151 West Walnut Street
Bethune School
3030 West Arthington Street
Calhoun North School
2833 West Adams Street
Willa Cather School
2908 West Washington Boulevard
Marconi School
230 North Kolmar Avenue
Melody School
412 South Keeler Avenue