Humboldt Park, Chicago.
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Although best known both for its large Puerto Rican population and beautiful namesake park, Humboldt Park supports the extant pattern of many Chicago neighborhoods: it’s a little bit of everything.

Classic Mexican diners and distinctly Polish bakeries can be found here, on top of the 207-acre park that features a sandy beach-rimmed lake and the 60-foot pair of Puerto Rican flags on Division Street that delineate Paseo Boricua (loosely translated: “Puerto Rican Passageway”).

The daytime scene is relaxed, with most visitors making their way to the park or dining at one of the authentic joints along the Boricua. Notable exceptions would be the Fiestas Patronales in June that draws a large audience with lots of food, bands, and assorted cultural events, as well as the Puerto Rican Day celebration (“Fiesta Boricua”) that can draw a quarter million happy revelers over Labor Day weekend.

Few would describe Humboldt as a raging party scene and visitors should be wary of the park at night, but a handful of cool wine bars and even one of the oldest bar/live music venues in town do brisk business, and Humboldt’s offerings only continue to grow.


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