Two blocks east and one block west of the Argyle red line in Chicago, El stop provides a rich cultural experience. Since the late ’70s, Vietnamese families have found community on and around Argyle street and have passed businesses down through generations since.
There are businesses that have been operating through the years and businesses that have recently opened, and all have benefited from the development of the Argyle street cooperative.
In 2016 the community challenged the traditional Chicago streetscape and revamped Argyle, transforming it into a shared street. Construction crews did away with the curbs, took away concrete and hand-laid brick to create a street that encourages harmony between pedestrians, bikers, and drivers. The shared concept allows cafes to extend outside their doors and provides a space for the summer “Argyle Night Market” where vendors and bands turn the street into a party. The summer block party runs during the months of July and August but one of the most lively days on the street in the winter is the Chinese New Year.
When visiting, wander into the Viet Hoa Oriental Grocery Store, First sip Cafe, La Patisserie Bakery and Be La Sandwich Shop. As you stroll, you will also be able to enjoy several local art murals on the surrounding buildings, all focused on community.