A complete guide to the Lawndale and Douglas Park neighborhood

Explore Lawndale and the area around Douglas Park with our guide to the neighborhood's best restaurants and things to do

Photograph: Dan WadeDouglas Park

Chicago's West Side neighborhood of Lawndale is full of history. Once a hub for Eastern Europeans, the area eventually became a center for the Civil Rights Movement when Martin Luther King Jr. lived there in 1966 while campaigning against housing discrimination. Today, the neighborhood is home to plenty of great restaurants, one of the best breweries in the city and one of the city's biggest music festivals, Riot Fest. Head to the beautiful West Side neighborhood and enjoy all of the culture and fun it has to offer. Here's the best of the neighborhood. 

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Where to eat around Douglas Park
Restaurants

Where to eat around Douglas Park

Whether you live around Douglas Park or are heading there for Riot Fest, the area has some excellent spots to eat and drink.

The best attractions near Douglas Park
Things to do

The best attractions near Douglas Park

The Lawndale area is full of attractions you can visit year-round—not just when a music festival comes to the neighborhood.

Lawndale residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots
Things to do

Lawndale residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots

Check out picks from some prominent Lawndale residents before you plan your next trip to the neighborhood.

Riot Fest music festival
Music

Riot Fest music festival

Riot Fest is coming to Douglas Park for the first time in September. Here's your guide to get the best experience at the festival.

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Dianna L

This a great neighborhood to see the oldest buildings, parts of history, see change, meet friendly people. The Douglas Park has a lagoon where people actually fish! There is a track where folks can get their exercise while walking or running. So many beautiful trees with gorgeous leaves in the fall! Plenty of murals everywhere you look. This neighborhood is where the huge SEARS business used to be. Many of the old  SEARS buildings are still here, including the original tower. There used to be a huge Jewish population living here, and many of the old synagogs are still here. If you love greystones- this neighborhood has the most greystone homes of any Chicago has to offer. Many of the current residents have relatives who moved up to Chicago from the southern part of U.S. and generations have remained in the neighborhood. Many original blues musicians lived and played here as did many of the civil rights activists. Not only did Martin Luther King live here & work here at one time, but Barack Obama worked there too! It is easy to access the neighborhood by public transportation. The pink line runs right through the area. Get off at the Kedzie pink line stop and walk 2 blocks to the Douglas Park. In addition, it borders Little Village-  walk to Cermak Rd. and begin to enjoy all the great Mexican food restaurants!