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Chicago's West Town neighborhood is located on the city's northwest side. Its diverse population accounts for the presence of many authentic ethnic restaurants and shops. At the beginning the twentieth century, Germans, Poles, Italians and Scandinavians immigrated to West Town. By the middle of the century, the population shifted, and the neighborhood enjoyed an influx of Latinos. This gave rise to some of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago. La Contessa on North Ashland Avenue is known for it brocheta de camaron, a dish favored by its regular customers. Another favorite restaurant, the Abode Grill, serves authentic Mexican dishes such as Camarones en Cazuela, a shrimp dish with considerable kick. Recently, the neighborhood has been gentrified somewhat as it's become popular with an affluent artist, bohemian and student crowd who enjoy the new organic restaurants in the area. The Flatiron Arts Building is laden with art galleries. The top floor is a mecca for artists who have their studios in the building. With these newest residents came an incursion of fusion restaurants, chic nightclubs and up-end shopping. Although the neighborhood has undergone some changes, one of the most popular spots is still the Division Street Russian and Turkish Bath, an old-style public bath house where neighbors come to for a steam and a bit of gossip.
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Annual Halloween Party and FUNdraiser
at Axé Capoeira Chicago
Join us again for our Halloween Party! Open to everyone so bring your friends and their families. Costumes are optional but encouraged.
Fanen V Dimah
at Alhambra Palace
General Early Bird Admission is $35 and includes: General Admission includes Pink Carpet Paparazzi Entry and Access to Pop Up Shops, Styling Demos and Fashion Party. Runway Presentations and Dance/Fashion Show. Seating is First Come, First Served.
Halloween with UMEK Saturday, October 28th at Afterlife
Afterlife, Annex Nightclub, Kings Of Class, Nikho, DangerWayne, GoodSex & Funky Entertainment Present: " Halloween with UMEK Oct 28th "
The Struts • WKQX Halloween Bash [10.30]
at Bottom Lounge
The Struts $30 Adv // 8:00 PM // 17 & Over Bottom Lounge | 1375 W. Lake St. | Chicago
Murder By Death | New Year’s Eve • Chicago
at Bottom Lounge
Murder By Death $30 Adv // 8:00 PM // 17+ Bottom Lounge | 1375 W. Lake St. | Chicago
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