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Isla Pilipina
2501 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar
2604 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen
2701 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Han Bat
2723 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

LC Pho n Grill
2739 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

The half-mile stretch of Lawrence Avenue between California and Western may not look like much, but it’s home to one of the richest, most diverse collections of restaurants in Chicago.

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This small slice of city – with its Filipino, Venezuelan, Nepali, Korean, Vietnamese, Bosnian, Greek, Michelin-starred, sushi, and other restaurants all tucked in next to each other – represents the strength of a city like Chicago, with various immigrant communities working to make new lives for themselves while contributing to their new home. In the spirit of PBS and Eater’s No Passport Required, in which Chef Marcus Samuelsson explores immigrant communities in American cities through their cuisines and traditions, WTTW is celebrating some of those communities through profiles of five restaurants along Lawrence and their owners.

It may look like any other piece of any other American city, but this patch of Lawrence Avenue is remarkable in the varied stories and cuisines that it holds. And in that sense of multitude and diversity, it’s not only like any American city; it’s the American city in microcosm.


In February, join us on a tour of those restaurants, sampling a few representative dishes at each place and learning about the cuisine and the owner’s story. Check back for more details and to reserve a spot.

1. Isla Pilipina

Isla Pilipina Restaurant

2. Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar

Sweet Pepper Venezueland Restaurant

3. Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen

Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen Restaurant

4. Han Bat

Han Bat

5. LC Pho n Grill

LC Pho n Grill