Devon Street Chicago: where a trip to the hardware store leads to hand slaughtered meat and a mango lassi

As much as I love to travel, I always end up homesick for the sheer variety of people in Chicago, especially for the delightful urban melting pot of my own neighborhood. We live in multi-cultural splendor in Roger’s Park, on the North side of Chicago.  This morning HOB and I set out for a walk to the hardware store on Devon Street, knowing full well we’d be distracted.  Devon Street is bursting with wonders: cheap and tasty snacking opportunities, spice markets, dollar stores with displays worthy of a contemporary art museum, and my favorite, hand-painted signs.  My Devon Street neighbors are Pakistani, Indian, Orthodox Jewish, Mexican, Croatian and Russian.  While the American media would have you believe ethnic and religious difference almost inevitably lead to violent conflict, our own daily experience tells a different story.  The next time you’re in Chicago, take a stroll down Devon Street, munch a Samosa in front of constantly running montage of Bollywood dance numbers, browse the House of 220 Volt Electronics, and admire the jaunty way the Orthodox Jewish boys wear their black hats.  And if you’re just looking for a hardware store, I recommend Devon Hardware. 

devonmeatfont

I’m a huge fan of the meat font.

devonhalal

But will you pay me $50,000 if I prove it’s not halal?

devonchickennuggests

How much are the nuggets?

devoneats

Despite all the tempting halal meat options, we snacked on vegetarian samosas and a mango lassi at Annapurna.

devonpans

The dollar stores on Devon are practically art installations.

devonrice

On Devon, I always appreciate the hand painted signs.

devonwelcome

You’ll be welcome, just walk left a bit…

devonhardware

The excuse for a walk: two 20 cent screws.

 

How we got to Devon Street: on foot.

Where we slept: at home.  Price: mortgage, assessments and utilities.  Recommended: highly.

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10 comments

    1. That’s why I love it!

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  1. I like these places!

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  2. Please come to visit!

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  3. I love Devon. ♡♡♡

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  4. Me too–it’s my happy place!

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  5. Very interesting

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  6. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. See my blog for the details. Here are your questions. Congratulations! Sierra Michaels. http://sieramichaels.wordpress.com

    Here are your 10 questions:

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination Sierra. I’ve already received the Liebster Award, but thanks again for thinking of me. My post is here: https://picnicatthecathedral.com/2014/06/21/ive-been-nominated-for-liebster-award/

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