Where You Can Be You

While on Howard Street, you can find an international array of cuisine options, creatively charged art and theater, and easy access to the beach, Lake Michigan and Chicago's North Shore. Howard Street is a welcoming area where the allure of Brooklyn meets the culture and vibrancy of New Orleans.


Hairz R Us: Fresh cuts, good company.

For 16 years, Michael Smith has welcomed new and old friends into Hairz R Us, 2039 W Howard Street, located just west of the Howard CTA station, on Chicago’s edge. Stop in and see him and his team.


Transport yourself to a Caribbean island at Lady B Boutique.

Featuring authentic, high quality Caribbean clothing for all ages, Lady B -- located at 1547 W Howard Street -- is a store unlike any other on Chicago’s Edge. Stop in and say hello to Lady B! 


"With the CTA Red Line right next door, Howard Street was a perfect location for Salerno's.”

Mike Salerno knows good pizza.

With over 10 locations in the Chicagoland area serving everything from pizza to full entrees, Salerno didn't hesitate to open Salerno's a pizza by-the-slice shop at 1631 Howard Street earlier this spring.

Salerno plans to open Whiskey Hill Brewing Company & Smokehouse next door, which will be a full-service sports bar specializing in BBQ and craft beer.


"If you are a DIY-minded person, we want you at The Recyclery."

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just earning your wheels, The Recyclery, a volunteer-run educational bike shop located just off the Howard red line, fosters a collaborative teaching environment for all cyclists.

"The advantage of bringing your bike here as opposed to a traditional shop is that we will teach you how to do fix things yourself," says volunteer Josh. "If you are a DIY-minded person, we want you at The Recyclery."


At Lost Eras, you can get lost in yourself. In another time. Another place. 

Where else can you find period accurate props, film grade costumes plus art and antiques? Make a trip to Howard Street and see Charlotte Walters, who has been "keeping it weird" for thirty-plus years. Lost Eras. It's a Howard Street treasure. 


"May we all just take a moment and agree that the Factory Theater is a goddamn Chicago Treasure?"

So says Time Out Magazine. And if you listen to Managing Director Carrie J. Sullivan, after 25 years, Factory Theater productions aim to challenge you, make you think, and make you glad you found Howard Street. Factory Theater. On the edge of Chicago's Edge.


"From Oslo to Ohio, Howard Street is a place where people play together," says Cally Raduenzel, owner of Curls & Company, which specializes in cutting curly hair.

A pop culture-themed salon, Curls & Company pipes in 80's music and hangs British pop art on the walls. It's a salon with a twist, er, curl.


If it's a beautiful day for a ballgame, start or end your journey (or both) to the Friendly Confines with a stop on Howard Street.

Not only do we have parking and the Red Line (an easy 20 minute ride to the ballpark), we have lively cafes, cool watering holes and globally-flavored restaurants. Howard Street. Cub fan friendly.


Since 1993, sneakerheads across the Chicagoland area have flocked to P&J Footwear on Howard Street.

Steps from the Howard Street red line, P&J offers it all - from retro shoes to the latest releases. P&J has established itself as the northside's premier sneaker destination, right on Chicago’s Edge.