40 Reasons to Love Chicago

Because every neighborhood is its own awesome universe

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Nan Cibula-Jenkins and John Jenkins, Albany ParkNAN CIBULA-JENKINS AND JOHN JENKINS
ALBANY PARK

When Nan Cibula-Jenkins, 58, and her husband, John Jenkins, 66, moved from Rogers Park to Albany Park in 1992, they did so without knowing much about their new environs. “We fell in love with the house,” Nan says. “The neighborhood was a mystery.” In the nearly two decades since, the Jenkinses have discovered lots to recommend in the greater region of their North Side enclave. Their list of places to eat reads like a cheat sheet to the neighborhood’s remarkable ethnic diversity, from Swedish meatballs, duck, and pancakes at Tre Kronor (3258 W. Foster Ave.; 773-267-9888) to the nightly Lebanese specials at Semiramis (4639 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-279-8900). Las Cazuelas (4821 N. Elston Ave.; 773-777-5304) is perfect for date nights over Mexican food, and Beijo de Chocolat (3334 W. Foster Ave.; 773-267-0138), a bakery and coffee shop, makes its own chocolate candies and Brazilian pastries—the perfect reward, Nan says, after a vigorous workout at the Galter LifeCenter (5157 N. Francisco Ave.; 773-878-9936). As theatre professionals—John teaches acting at DePaul, and Nan is a costume designer who also teaches there—the couple was delighted to find the Albany Park Theatre Project, a youth theatre company that performs real-life stories at the Eugene Park field house (5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.; 773-866-0875). Its latest show, Feast, considers the cultural role of food. And the venue, which the Jenkinses can see from their backyard, couldn’t be more convenient.

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