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What do you get when you cross Belmont and Harlem Avenues? If you’re in the Dunning neighborhood of Chicago, you get some very good food. With the Polish on Belmont and the Italians on Harlem, visitors can find a wealth of good things to eat.
Dunning has been, in recent times, home to an older population. However families have begun to move into the area’s well-maintained apartments and flats as Dunning grows in popularity.
The community has an interesting history. During the 19th century, the area was the home of a poorhouse, an insane asylum and a home for patients with tuberculosis. “Dunning” referred to the insane asylum, and that is the origin of the neighborhood’s name.
Luckily, today’s residents enjoy happier times. The neighborhood hosts the campus of Wilbur Wright College, a public college with an enrollment of over 15,000 students. Other schools in Dunning include Chicago Elementary Academy and Steinmetz Academic Centre High School. Portage Park features basketball and tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds, swimming pools and walking trails.
Harlem Avenue is home to all good things Italian, including Pasta Fresh, Anthony Bartucci’s storefront famed for its freshly made take-home pastas, meatballs and sauces. Fiorenza Ristorante is next door. Palermo’s Bakery is just south, right across from Caponie’s Trattoria.
On Belmont are Stefan’s Deli and Richard’s Polish Bakery. Near the corner of Belmont and Overhill Avenue is Nottoli & Son, an Italian sausage shop and deli whose meatball subs have been widely applauded. The son, George Nottoli II, was better known as Vito “Two Fingers” Fontaine, a professional wrestler until, interestingly, the sausage-maker had a ringside conflict with another wrestler known as “Butcher.”