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.