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(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.

Tiffin

2536 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-2143

 

Viceroy of India

2520 W. Devon Ave.

773 743-4100

 

Patel’s Cafe

2600 W. Devon Ave.

773-262-0100

 

Hema’s Kitchen

2439 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-1627

 

Mysore Woodlands

2548 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-8160

 

Udupi Palace

2543 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-2152

 

 

Sukhadia’s

2559 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-5400

 

 

India Book House

2551 W. Devon Ave.

773-764-6567

 

Patel Bros. Handicrafts & Utensils

2600 W. Devon Ave.

773-764-2222

 

Sahiba Boutique

2614 W. Devon Ave.

773-465-1900

 

 

Reshams

2540 W. Devon Ave.

773-764-9692

 

 

ISP (India Sari Palace)

2534 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-2127

 

Raaz

2317 W. Devon Ave.

773-764-9501

 

Regal Jewels

2625 W. Devon Ave.

773-262-4377

 

Raj Jewels

2652 W. Devon Ave.

773-465-5755

 

Sahil

2605 W. Devon Ave

773-338-3636

 

Kamdar Plaza

2646 W. Devon Ave.

773-338-8100