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Chicago Transit: Chicago CTA Brown Line


The CTA Brown Line is one of Chicago’s oldest lines. Begun in 1900, the Brown line has been serving Northwest Chicago residents from 4am to 12:13am everyday. The brown line goes from the Kimball station to the downtown Loop and back throughout the day.

The Brown line has something for everyone. The various stops offer numerous adventure choices whether looking for a shopping-filled girls’ day out or a romantic evening. If you are looking for restaurants and nightlife attractions, slightly off the beaten path, the Brown line has wonderful options to explore. The Brown line features literally hundreds of restaurants spread along its path. Most are five blocks or less from the nearest station.

Kimball has a couple of options if looking for a place to grab a quick lunch. If craving some spice in your life, the Taqueria Zapata offers enjoyable Mexican food at a reasonable price. If something more traditionally all-American is what you’re craving, the Huddle House Grill offers numerous breakfast and lunch options including breakfast platters and big burgers.

If history is what you are looking for, try no further than the Western stop, where the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library is located. The library offers a substantial collection of Northside History including the Lakeview and Ravenswood History collections. History is not the only thing this library offers, it also has a variety of public art works within the library including "Petrouchka" by Nicholas Africano; "Untitled" by Sandra Jorgensen and "The Aeneid" by Irene Siege.

For a shop-til-you-drop girls’ day out, check out the shops and boutiques in the Southport Corridor. This upscale shopping district features everything from candy shops to vintage clothing boutiques.  Step back to your childhood love of sweets in Candyality. This retro-inspired confection shop features old-fashioned favorites as well as modern twists like vegan chocolates and organic candies. They also have a variety of candy-inspired gift items. Looking for the latest trends in handbags and accessories to satisfy your inner fashionista without breaking the bank, check out M2 Boutique. This unique boutique offers affordably priced accessories without sacrificing style with designs from such famous labels as Chinese Laundry and Latico Leathers. They will also host private parties in store. Pooches need pampering too, so head on over to Dog-a-Holics. This dog-themed store offers clothing, treats, bedding, birthday cakes, and accessories. The perfect paper to wrap gifts for every occasion can be found at the Paper Boy. This shop offers gift wrap, stationary, fine paper, and writing utensils. The helpful associates will even help you design your own party announcements and unique paper favors.

The Belmont stop offers an interesting array of things to do. First, check out Slaymaker Gallery, which offers an eclectic pairing of art and antiques. They also buy antiques and artwork. After spending some time appreciating the arts, you are bound to be hungry. Check out one of Belmont’s restaurants. Chicago’s Pizza is a casual dining restaurant featuring the food that made Chicago famous along with other Italian favorites like calzones, paninis, and gourmet pastas. They also feature low-cost delivery until 5 a.m.

Looking for lunch, dinner, a show and some nightlife, check out the Diversey stop. For lunch, dinner, or a quick snack, try the sweet and savory things at Pompei Pizza. The bakery offers a distinctly Italian menu offering appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, and, of course, delectable desserts. After a lunch or dinner, check out a show at the Apollo Theater. The theater offers a variety of plays plus Second City productions. Take time after the show to check out the nightlife that Diversey has to offer. The Bottle Bar and Mad River Bar and Grille each offer a fun atmosphere perfect for a late evening wind down. The Bottle Bar is a conversational sports bar that features 99 different varieties of bottled beer as well as specialty cocktails and boutique wines. There is a DJ spinning tunes Thursdays through Saturdays, but you will find more talking than bumping and grinding in this casual space. The Mad River Bar and Grille caters more to a post-college crowd featuring an upscale, high-energy feel with the guise of a Vermont ski lodge. The crowd really gets hopping around 10 p.m. when the dance floor gets packed while DJs spin everything from top 40 hits to sappy classics.  

The Steppenwolf Theater can be found just a few minutes walk from the Armitage stop. Famous for its cultivation of talented playwrights and actors, new plays are featured each season. The theater ensemble is the oldest surviving in the U.S. and has cultivated such actors as John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Anna Shapiro.

The Sedgwick stop offers its own spot for theater. The Noble Horse Theatre is a dinner theater featuring equine and human actors uniquely performing a variety of plays. The  riding theater which is the only riding hall still in operation in Chicago today. The theater also does birthday parties and offers carriage rides around the city.

Chicago and Merchandise Mart
The Chicago and Merchandise Mart stops both offer a wide variety of dining options. There are approximately 50 restaurants within a five block radius of both stops. There is something for every appetite. Even the pickiest person, will find something to love.

Restaurants are not the only things the Merchandise Mart stop has to offer. There are many places to spend some time shopping including galleries, antique shops, and boutiques. There is also an exquisite view of the river and the architecture along it both from the ground and the brown line.

The Loop stops along the brown line offer art and theater goers access to several theaters and galleries. The Goodman Theatre and Oriental Theater are located just a few minutes walk from the State/ Lake stop. The Chicago Public Library is not the only thing located at the Library stop. This stop also features the famous Chicago Theater.  The Clark/ Lake stop features the Illinois Art Gallery.  The Cadillac Palace Theatre and the Civic Opera House are just a few blocks from the Washington/ Wells stop of the brown line.