Eight miles southwest of the Chicago
Loop, the city's Chicago Lawn
neighborhood pulses with economic development opportunities and a variety of houses
for rent. A key gathering place, the 323-acre Marquette Park
leads many residents to substitute the park name for their neighborhood's name. Park amenities include two gyms, basketball and tennis courts, community gardens, a nine-hole golf course, and a lagoon, all adding to the neighborhood's appeal.
When locals need food, they turn to Fat Johnnie's Famous Red Hots, a 1960s-style stand-up shack. Try the Super Fat One, a quarter-pound hot dog with chili, cheese, and tomatoes. Dine in or take out stewed oxtails or bite-size panades at Caribbean-influenced Garifuna Flava, where neighbors fill up on authentic dishes and drinks from Belize. Close out the night nearby at Club 6601, featuring 1970s decor and music, and sip robust drinks at its curved bar.