(CBS) – It is THE destination for the best Indian food in the Midwest, and it’s a place that has grown and changed tremendously in the last half century.
It’s Devon Avenue, from Damen to Kedzie, where you can get so much more than just a great Indian meal.
CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan reports.
A walk along Devon Avenue is a feast for the senses: the food, the fashion, the shopping and the scenery.
People travel thousands of miles to come here to a one mile stretch of Devon Ave where rare and beautiful wedding gowns can cost as much as $10,000 and a lunch buffet can be as cheap as $6.99.
Jagdish Khatwani is the co-owner of several stores and restaurants, like Tiffin. He has seen this area change dramatically but says 40 years later it’s more than just a premier destination for Indian cuisine.
“I don’t think people realize that it’s so ethnically diverse. It’s not just Indian or Pakistani – it’s a million different cultures. There are 40 languages that are spoken here,” says Amie Zander of the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Store owner Susan Patel says it’s the welcoming spirit and the support of the many small business owners that makes Devon Avenue what it is.
A Friday night on Devon is a must-do Chicago experience, Patel and Zander agree.
“I would plan on staying for dinner, get something to eat,” Zander says. “Save room for dessert, go to one of our great sweet shops. And then stick around on the street.”
Below is a listing of some of the other Devon Avenue restaurants and businesses we visited.
2536 W. Devon Ave.
Viceroy of India
2520 W. Devon Ave.
2600 W. Devon Ave.
2439 W. Devon Ave.
2548 W. Devon Ave.
2543 W. Devon Ave.
2559 W. Devon Ave.
India Book House
2551 W. Devon Ave.
Patel Bros. Handicrafts & Utensils
2600 W. Devon Ave.
2614 W. Devon Ave.
2540 W. Devon Ave.
ISP (India Sari Palace)
2534 W. Devon Ave.
2317 W. Devon Ave.
2625 W. Devon Ave.
2652 W. Devon Ave.
2605 W. Devon Ave
2646 W. Devon Ave.