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* <see name="Garfield Park" alt="" address="" directions="Conservatory Green Line" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> History-filled Chicago park a mere 15 minutes west of downtown, with some fun outdoor sculptures, plenty of green space, and a fabulous fieldhouse. It's in a rough neighborhood, though you can take the L right to the park, which is safe.</see>
* <see name="Garfield Park Conservatory" alt="" address="300 N Central Park Ave" directions="Conservatory Green Line" phone="" url="" hours="Th-Tu 9AM-5PM, W 9AM-8PM" price="Free admission, except during special exhibits and events" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Amazing botanical conservatory, one of the largest indoor gardens in the world, which is often blessed with large-scale contemporary art installations as well as frequent family-oriented events. Definitely bring the kids, who will not lack for things to climb on and strange environments to run around in. Perhaps in an effort to assuage especially fearful Chicagoans, the L stop actually hovers directly above the conservatory entrance, so definitely don't pass this place over for fear of the surrounding neighborhood. There is also ample free lot and on-street parking right around the main building.</see>* <see name="Laramie State Bank Building" alt="" address="5200 W Chicago Ave" directions="66 Chicago or 57 Laramie bus" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Chicago's most far flung city landmark is covered with wonderfully elaborate carvings in its art deco, terra cotta exterior. The bank's construction was finished in the malapropos year of 1929.</see>* <see name="Old Sears Tower" alt="" address="900 S Homan Ave" directions="82 Kimball/Homan bus or Kedzie-Homan Blue Line" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Chicagoans can't get enough Towers of Sears. This is the original, which at a height of 250 feet served as Sears' headquarters until the move into the slightly taller building [[Chicago/Loop|downtown]]. Once the largest commercial building in the world, the tower must now content itself with being the tallest in the Far West Side. A short jaunt in either direction on Arthington St will reveal more grandiose old Sears buildings, from the power plant and warehouses to the west to the headquarters building just across the street to the east.</see>
* <see name="Walser House" alt="" address="42 N Central Ave" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Closed to the public" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">For sake of comprehensiveness, you might want to drive by this Frank Lloyd Wright house in Austin after a tour of his numerous buildings in neighboring [[Oak Park]]. The house is a textbook example of success in applying the Prairie School design principles of strong horizontals and open interiors. Look especially for the attractive windows (not originals, unfortunately), whose patterns have inspired a line of Frank Lloyd Wright jewelry.</see>
* <do name="Aguijón Theater" alt="" address="2707 N Laramie Ave" directions="76 Diversey bus" phone="+1 773 637-5899" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Shows usually F,Sa,Su" price="$20" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> A busy theater with acclaimed productions of Spanish-language and bi-lingual comedy, drama, music, and dance.</do>* <do name="Apollos 2000" alt="" address="2875 W Cermak Rd" directions="California Pink Line" phone="+1 773 247-0200" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">The Apollos is a major local landmark, its art deco theater facade now serving a music hall. The events calendar is dominated by live Mexican bands, but branches out into a little of everything. You'll need to swing by or check the papers to keep abreast of events, but even if you don't catch a show, take note of this beautiful building.</do>
* <do name="Wallace's Catfish Corner" alt="See "eat" section for contact information" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Each summer Wallace's puts on outdoor blues concerts in East Garfield Park, and you should not pass up such an opportunity. Word has it this parking lot extravaganza may be the best blues experience known to man. Check their website for details ([[#Mid-range|See below]]).</do>
* <buy name="Brickyard Mall" alt="" address="2554 N Narragansett Ave" directions="" phone="+1 773 745-8838" url="" hours="M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Aside from dominating Belmont Cragin commerce, there's nothing much special about the Brickyard Mall. But you'll find what you need here.</buy>
* <buy name="Markski's CDs" alt="" address="5745 W Belmont Ave" directions="77 Belmont bus" phone="+1 773 889-5400" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F 1PM-8PM, Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">If you like the thumping Polish Eurodance over at Jedynka, this is the place to pick up some CDs. Also carries loads of Polish music video DVD compilations.</buy>* <buy name="Out of the Past Records" alt="" address="4407 W Madison St" directions="20 Madison bus" phone="+1 773 626-3878" url="" hours="M-Sa noon-7PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">An out of the way music store stocking a near infinite quantity of R&B, jazz, blues, and gospel LPs and tapes stacked straight up to the ceiling.</buy>
* <eat name="Cafe Colao" alt="" address="2638 W Division St" directions="A block and a half east of Humboldt Park, #70 Division bus" phone="+1 773 276-1780" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M 7AM-5PM, TTu-F,Su 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6PM" price="$2-5" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This small, inviting cafe is one of the best options for visitors wanting a simple, yet authentic Puerto Rican lunch. One part coffee shop, one part bakery, and delicious sandwiches. If you are up early and in the neighborhood, come here for a terrific Puerto Rican breakfast.</eat>* <eat name="Feed" alt="" address="2803 W Chicago Ave" directions="#66 Chicago , 52 Kedzie/California, or 65 Grand bus" phone="+1 773 489-4600" url="" hours="M,W-F 8AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 9AM-9PM" price="$3-7" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This Garfield Humboldt Park rotisserie chicken joint also boasts a mean pulled pork BBQ sandwich, all with a host of comfort-food side dishes — Feed pulls in a lot of business all week long. The food is good and cheap.</eat>* <eat name="La Palma" alt="" address="1340 N Homan Ave" directions="Two blocks west of the park, 82 Kimball/Homan bus" phone="+1 773 862-0886" url="" hours="MSu-Sa 9AMTh 10AM-8PM7PM, Su F-Sa 10AM-7PM8PM" price="$4-8" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">La Palma won't catch your eye, but this cafeteria-style eatery is considered by locals to serve the best Puerto Rican food in Chicago. If authentic is what you want, this is your best bet.</eat>
* <eat name="MacArthur's" alt="" address="5401 W Madison St" directions="20 Madison bus" phone="+1 773 261-2316" url="" hours="11AM-9PM daily" price="$3-8" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Perhaps Austin's favorite soul food kitchen, MacArthur's delights patrons with properly done comfort food in a cafeteria-style eating area. Since getting the President Obama endorsement in "The Audacity of Hope," MacArthur's is now drawing foodies from all over the city — with all due hailing to the Chief, he isn't right that this is the ''best'' soul food in the city, but may well be the best ''value''.</eat>
* <eat name="Peeples Taco Place" alt="" address="5944 W Chicago Ave" directions="66 Chicago or 91 Austin bus" phone="+1 773 626-7699" url="" hours="Weekdays 8AM-3AM, weekends 24 hours" price="$1.50-5" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The soul food taco is a rare beast, but the long lines coming out the door of this small Austin carryout joint should give confidence to the quality of its inauthentic and wildly unhealthy "Mexican" cooking in a less than safe stretch of Chicago Ave. Get your tacos drenched in hot sauce and the fries in mild.</eat>
* <sleep name="Grand Motel West" alt="" address="4925 W Madison St" directions="" phone="+1 773 921-1900" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms from $50"> Accommodations ''really'' far west, although not far from the Green Line train and the expressway.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Norford" alt="" address="1508 N Pulaski Rd" directions="" phone="+1 773 235-1202" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms from $29 shared bath, $34 private">An old, independent, somewhat run-down hotel in northwestern Humboldt Park. For those with lively 1930s gangster imaginations, George "Red" Barker caught 18 bullets from a Tommy gun right in front of the hotel steps in 1932.</sleep>
* <sleep name="North Hotel" alt="" address="1622 N California Ave" directions="" phone="+1 773 278-2425" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Only weekly rates available, $125 plus $50 security deposit, pay stub and ID" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">By Far West Side standards, this spot has a good location — just across the intersection from the Humboldt Park Lagoon.Daily rates from $45 per night, 2 person maximum, twin bed only. Shared baths, some private bath. Cable tv, complimentary coffee</sleep>
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