Halsted and 19th Streets
A stop smack between farm-to-table restaurant Nightwood (2119 S Halsted St, 312-526-3385) and chill bar Simone’s (960 W 18th St, 312-666-8601) would give the world easier access to bacon butterscotch doughnuts and bartenders who can make off-the-cuff cocktails with Malört.
Chicago and Wolcott Avenues
The explosion of destination restaurants in West Town hits just a hair too far from the Chicago Blue Line stop. New tracks would put diners within two blocks of Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave, 773-645-4949) and ramen/donburi/sushi palace Arami (1829 W Chicago Ave, 312-243-1535). Not far beyond are kebabs at Chickpea (2018 W Chicago Ave, 773-384-9930), branzino at Ruxbin (851 N Ashland Ave, 312-624-8509), craft cocktails at Bar Deville (701 N Damen Ave, 312-929-2349), whiskey gelato pops at Black Dog Gelato (859 N Damen Ave, 773-235-3116) and ten-plus types of pies at Hoosier Mama Pie Company (1618 ½ W Chicago Ave, 312-243-4846).
Halsted and 31st Streets
A stop that splits the distance between Bridgeport Coffeehouse (3101 S Morgan St, 773-247-9950) and brunch favorite Nana (3267 S Halsted St, 312-929-2486) would save us a heck of a lot of time on the Halsted bus.