54/Cermak (5400 W/2200 S)
Restaurace Klas (5754 W. Cermak) in the Town of Cicero offers hearty Czech cuisine, while Xni-pec (shnee-peck) (5135 W. 25th) serves Yucatanean cuisine named for the region's deadly habanero salsa.
Pulaski (4000 W/2100 S)
Just over a half-mile south of the station is Little Village's (La Villita's) main shopping district on 26th Street.
Kedzie (3200 W/2100 S)
Visit the tiny Museum of Mexican Culture and History (3050 W. Cermak), tucked in along this busy commercial corridor. For a different type of culture, head south on Kedize to Club Volkan (2501 S. Kedzie) for a less expensive clubbing experience than those in swankier neighborhoods (but just as loud and sweaty).
California (2800 W/2100 S)
Have a taste for boar? Rattlesnake? Baby Eels? La Casa de Samuel (2834 W. Cermak) deserves mention for its exotic offerings; the less adventurous will appreciate their more conventional Mexican dishes and homemade tortillas.
Western (2400 W/2100 S)
Here's your stop for the Heart of Italy neighborhood (read: strip of restaurants), including the well-regarded Bacchanalia (2413 S. Oakley) and Ignotz Ristorante (2421 S. Oakley).
Damen (2000 W/2100 S)
Right by the station, keep an eye out for a legendary tamale street vendor (who also sells Mexican hot chocolate during the cold months). For light fare and free wifi, walk one block north to Tianguis Bookstore & Tea Shop (2003 S. Damen). Damen also gets you three blocks from the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th), formerly the Mexican Fine Arts Museum.
18th (1700 W/1800 S)
Even without a destination in mind, vibrant 18th Street makes for great walking and exploration, especially to the east. But if you need a place to go, consider Cafe Jumping Bean (1432 W. 18th) or Panaderia Nuevo Leon (1634 W. 18th).
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