Harlem/Lake (7200 W/100 S)
Here's your stop for Oak Park's historic sweet shop: Petersen's Ice Cream (1104 Chicago Ave) has been dishing out the frozen treat since before Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright called Oak Park home. Petersen's is also featured in David Witter's Oldest Chicago as the area's oldest ice cream parlor.
Laramie (5200 W/400 N)
The one appeal of this stop above all others is the acclaimed (by both President Obama and Haynes & Garlington's The Beat Cop's Guide to Chicago Eats) soul food restaurant, MacArthur's (5412 W. Madison). Even their website is mouth-watering.
Conservatory-Central Park Drive (3600 W/100 N)
The world's largest greenhouse--and a great salve for winter depression, the Garfield Park Conservatory is just steps from the Conservatory-Central Park station. Look for special events like the annual Chocolate Festival around Valentine's Day.
Ashland (1600 W/200 N)
You may already know that the Lyon & Healy factory (168 N. Ogden) are harpmakers to the world, but did you know about their concert series? This is also a good stop for the western edge of the Randolph Street restaurant row.
43rd (4300 S/300 E)
Looking around the station, no one would think Bronzeville has completely gentrified, but this is a neighborhood in transition. The upscale Negro League Cafe (301 W. 43rd) holds court as one of the earliest of the new Bronzeville spots, while farther east, Bronzeville Coffee House (528 E. 43rd) provides fuel for Green Line commuters.
Tomorrow: Pink Line!