‘The 77’ Tour of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Tour many of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods through the eyes of our neighborhood experts on our Diversity Committee, The 77. They shared their favorite restaurants, landmarks, architecture and more; these are just a few reasons Chicago is such a wonderful place to live, work and play.


Representative: Marla Forbes, @properties
Favorite Restaurant: Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut
Neighborhood Landmark: Water Tower, 806 North Michigan Ave.
Most Unique Building: Restoration Hardware, 1300 N. Dearborn
Best Recreation Area: The Lakefront

Representative: Lynn Brahin, Corcoran Urban Real Estate
Favorite Restaurant: Ming Hin, 333 E. Benton Pl.
Neighborhood Landmark: Corinthian Columns from Chicago’s 1905
Federal Building, 337 E. Randolph St.
Most Unique Building: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Best Recreation Area: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

Representative: JT Byrne, Coldwell Banker Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Moody Tongue Brewing Company, 2515 S. Wabash Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Monument to the Great Northern Migration,
345 E. Eastgate Pl.
Most Unique Building: Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Best Recreation Area: 12th Street Beach and Burnham Harbor, 1200 S. Linn White Dr.

North Side

Representative: Linda Hattar, ACO Commercial
Favorite Restaurant: House of Wah Sun, 4319 N. Lincoln Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: St. Benedict Parish, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd.
Most Unique Building: Lane Tech College Prep, 2501 W. Addison St.
Best Recreation Area: Welles (Gideon) Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside

Representative: Matt Silver, Corcoran Urban Real Estate
Favorite Restaurant: Matsuya Sushi, 3242 N. Clark St.
Neighborhood Landmark: Kwanusila Kwagluth Totem Pole on the Lakefront Trail @ Addison St.
Best Recreation Area: Diversey Harbor

Representative: Deborah Goldberg, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Riccardo Trattoria, 2119 N. Clark St.
Neighborhood Landmark: DePaul University
Best Recreation Area: Oz Park, 2021 N. Burlington

Representative: Mikus Kins, Be Commercial Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Illinois Centennial Monument, 3150 W. Logan Blvd.
Most Unique Building: The Robey Hotel, 2018 W. North Ave.
Best Recreation Area: The Bloomingdale Trail, 1805 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Northwest Side

Representative: Mel Alvizures, ABC REALTORS® Inc.
Favorite Restaurant: Café Prague, 6710 W. Belmont Ave.
Most Unique Building: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave.
Best Recreation Area: Rutherford Sayre Park, 6871 W. Belden Ave.

Representative: Megan Oswald, Coldwell Banker Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Hermosa, 4356 W. Armitage
Neighborhood Landmark: Walt Disney’s Birthplace,
2156 N. Tripp Ave.
Best Recreation Area: Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Avenue

Far North Side

Representative: Antonia Mills Wesselink, Antonia L. Mills, Attorney at Law
Favorite Restaurant: Kie-Gol-Lanee, 5004 N. Sheridan
Neighborhood Landmark: The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway
Most Unique Building: Bridgeview Bank Building, 4753 N. Broadway
Best Recreation Area: Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Representative: Lorenzo Sanchez, Engel & Völkers
Favorite Restaurant: Mi Pueblo Two Restaurant, 2113 W. Touhy Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
Most Unique Building: Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Best Recreation Area: Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Representative: Rosemary Del Cid, Main Event Real Estate Group
Favorite Restaurant: House of Cakes, 6189 N. Canfield
Neighborhood Landmark: Noble-Seymore-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Ave.
Most Unique Building: Norwood Park Train Station, 6088 N. Northwest Hwy.
Best Recreation Area: Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott

Representative: Robert Padron, RE/MAX Cityview
Favorite Restaurant: City’s Edge, 5310 W. Devon Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Wildwood Park, 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.
Most Unique Building: Old Edgebrook Historic District, Central and Prescott
Best Recreation Area: Forest Glen Forest Preserve, 5420 N. Forest Glen Ave.

Representative: Andre Peloquin, @properties
Favorite Restaurant: Mas Alla del Sol, 5848 N. Broadway
Most Unique Building: Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N. Sheridan Rd.
Best Recreation Area: Kathy Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lake Shore Dr.

West Side

Representative: Allison McGowan, @properties
Favorite Restaurant: Coleman’s, 5754 W. Chicago Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Hitchcock House, 5704 W. Ohio St.
Most Unique Building: Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.
Best Recreation Area: Columbus Park Golf Course, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

Representative: Sharon Aguilera, Gentium Properties LLC
Favorite Restaurant: Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, 1073 W. Vernon Park Pl.
Neighborhood Landmark: Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S. Halsted
Most Unique Building: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.
Best Recreation Area: Arrigo Park, 800 S. Loomis

Representative: Wilonda Cannon, Coldwell Banker Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Lou Malnati’s, 3859 W. Ogden Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan
Most Unique Building: All the greystones
Best Recreation Area: Lawndale Christian Health Center, 3860 W. Ogden

South Side

Representative: Terry Perdue, House 2 Home
Favorite Restaurant: Two Fish, 641 E. 47th St.
Neighborhood Landmark: The Light of Truth Ida B. Wells National Monument, 3724 S. Langley
Most Unique Building: Swift Mansion, 4500 S. Michigan Ave.
Best Recreation Area: Mandrake Park, 3858 S. Cottage Grove

Representative: Erika Finley, eXp Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St.
Neighborhood Landmark: DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl.
Most Unique Building: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Best Recreation Area: Bixler Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave.

Representative: C.K. Cole, Fulton Grace Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Franco’s Restaurant, 300 W. 31st
Neighborhood Landmark: Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted
Most Unique Building: Ramova Theater, 3520 S. Halsted
Best Recreation Area: Park No. 571, 2754 S. Eleanor

Representative: Cassandra Sneed, EXIT Strategy Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Soul Veg City, 201-209 E. 75th St.
Neighborhood Landmark: Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Statue, Pioneer Court
Most Unique Building: O’Hanley Building, 7705 S. Cottage Grove
Best Recreation Area: Greater Grand Crossing Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1000 E. 73rd St.

Southwest Side

Representative: Erika Villegas, RE/MAX In The Village
Favorite Restaurant: Danny’s Pizza Chicago, 6021 S. Archer Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Veteran Triangle, 55th and Narragansett/Archer Ave.
Most Unique Building: Midway Airport, 5400 S. Cicero
Best Recreation Area: Minuteman Park, 5940 S. Central Ave., Chicago, IL 60638 | Valley Forge Park, 7001 W. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60638 | Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th St. Chicago, IL 60638 | Wentworth (John) Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., Chicago, IL 60638 | Normandy Park, 6660 W. 52nd St., Chicago, IL 60638 | Stars and Stripes Park, 5100 S. Nordica Ave., Chicago, IL 60638

Representative: Luis Trejo Martinez, RE/MAX Mi Casa
Favorite Restaurant: Paco’s Tacos, 4311 S. Archer Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Kedzie Orange Line Station, 4900 S. Kedzie Ave.
Most Unique Building: The Circle Resource Center, 2648 W. Pershing Rd.
Best Recreation Area: Kelly (Edward) Park, 2725 W. 41st St.

Far Southeast Side

Representative: Kimberly Offord, Fathom Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Oooh Wee It Is, 33 E. 83rd St.
Neighborhood Landmark: The Mahalia Jackson Home, 8358 S. Indiana
Most Unique Building: The Blue White House, 8401 S. Michigan
Best Recreation Area: Tuley Park, 501 E. 90th Pl.

Representative: Crystal Blanton, Fathom Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Aretha’s Dream Restaurant & Catering, 616 E. 79th St.
Most Unique Building: Finkl Steel Company, 1355 E. 93rd St.
Best Recreation Area: Burnside (Ambrose) Park, 9400 S. Greenwood Ave.

Representative: Michael LaFargue, Coldwell Banker Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Ranch Steak House, 11147 S. Michigan Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Reformation Lutheran Church, 11310 S. Forest Ave.
Most Unique Building: Chicago State University Library & Cordell Reed Student Union Building, 9501 S. King Drive St.
Best Recreation Area: Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St.

Representative: Sandra Patterson, Coldwell Banker Realty
Favorite Restaurant: One Eleven Food Hall, 756 E. 111th St.
Neighborhood Landmark & Most Unique Building: Pullman National Monument, 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue
Best Recreation Area: Gately Indoor Track and Field Center, 11201 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Representative: Sharon Averhart, Charles Rutenberg Realty
Favorite Restaurant: Calumet Fisheries, 3259 E. 95 St.
Neighborhood Landmark: Drake Fountain, 2935 E. 92nd St.
Most Unique Building: Royal Savings Bank, 9226 S. Commercial
Best Recreation Area: Marion R. Burns Park, 2200 E. 103 St.

Far Southwest Side

Representative: Shaun Pinkston, Keller Williams ONEChicago
Favorite Restaurant: Dan’s Soul Food, 2523 W. 79th
Neighborhood Landmark: Ford City Mall, 7500 S. Cicero
Most Unique Building: Luther South High School, 3130 W. 87th St.
Best Recreation Area: Hayes Park, 2936 W. 85th St.

Representative: Phillip Pippion, Ani Real Estate
Favorite Restaurant: Pop’s Beef, 10337 S. Kedzie Ave.
Neighborhood Landmark: Mount Greenwood Corner, 111th & Kedzie Ave.
Most Unique Building: Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union, 10343 S. Pulaski Rd.
Best Recreation Area: Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.