Things to do

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


By Clayton Guse

Posted: Tuesday July 14 2015


Photograph: Dan Wade
Douglas 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

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

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

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

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.