Here at Khepri Cafe, community is our calling. We are proud to be a part of our Albany Park, Chicago community for many reasons!
Did you know that Albany Park is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Chicago? Albany Park started out as a Swedish, German, and Jewish neighborhood in the early part of the 20th century. In the 1970s, Asian and Latin American families began moving to the area and by 1990, Albany Park was home to the largest population of Korean, Filipino, and Guatemalan immigrants in the city of Chicago.
This diversity has created a vibrant, exciting neighborhood and carries through to the many locally owned businesses and the thriving community we see today.
Albany Park is a go-to area for people looking to work their way into the middle-class. It is home to many of the original Chicago bungalows (a hallmark of classic Chicago architecture), which were constructed between 1910 - 1929.
Albany Park’s affordability makes it a great spot for young families to get their start, while also being an ideal community for immigrants to put down roots.
It’s Got Great Cuisine
A culturally diverse neighborhood means there is a plethora of authentic ethnic cuisines to satisfy our every craving. Just take a walk down one of the major streets in Albany Park and you’ll find no shortage of family-owned restaurants serving Mexican, Latin American, Filipino, Korean, Indian, and Middle Eastern fare.
One of the most popular staples in the Albany Park neighborhood is Semiramis Lebanese Restaurant, where everything they serve is prepared from scratch daily. You also can’t miss the kabobs at Noon-O-Kabob. Or stop in at Feyrous Pastries for their selection of sweet and sticky baklava.
When we’re craving more of a Latin flare, we hit Taqueria de San Juanito for incredible tacos. Another great option is Salsa Grill, a new, family-owned addition to the neighborhood which proudly makes everything from scratch. The chef over at Ixcateco Grill uses locally sourced organic or sustainably raised ingredients whenever possible to create an authentic Southern Mexican cuisine. Finally, for some of the most flavorful rotisserie chicken in Chicago — grilled over a charcoal fire — Brasa Roja Restaurant is an absolute must for some delicious Colombian cuisine.
Albany Park is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Chicago according to WalkScore. We have access to good public transit, and our streets are very bikeable. Accessibility is at the very core of community - thanks to our neighborhood’s openness to residents and visitors alike, our small business community has the opportunity to thrive.
There are seven bus lines that run through our community and the CTA’s Brown Line ends in Albany Park at the Kimball Station. The stop right before that is Kedzie, which is a mere 20 steps away from us at Khepri Cafe, so be sure to stop in!
The Khepri Cafe family is committed to supporting local artists, and we love how many great displays of art and theatre there are in Albany Park. Take a stroll through Ronan Park and discover the multi-ethnic sculpture park and healing garden or go to the Eugene Field Park house to check out the beautiful murals, play any number of sports, or participate in one of the cultural programs or art classes.
We love to experience live theatre at Albany Park Theater Project, a community ensemble of local teenagers who create original works through their own lived experiences, and Halcyon Theater, a community-driven theatre that focuses on telling stories and sharing experiences of working-class people of color and women.
And for a little more cultural exposure, spend some time at the National Cambodian Heritage Museum for historical and artistic exhibits that celebrate 4,000 years of Cambodian traditions and customs.