I am planning a trip to Chicago, and I am hoping to seek your guidance. I want to find some chow-intensive ethnic neighborhoods to walk through, and I am especially interested in ethnic neighborhoods that you don't find in most other large US cities. Unless I am stereotyping your fine city, that largely means Eastern European -- German, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Baltic, Russian, Ukrainian, Slavic, etc. But here's the thing. From what I hear, the heydey of those neighborhoods was fifty years ago if not a hundred. The people and especially their kids have been moving to the suburbs, and even some of those suburbs, like Cicero, have been clearing out to make way for new rounds of immigrants. So here is my question. Can someone outline for me the major Eastern European neighborhoods in Chicago and suburbs (anyplace I can get on the bus, subway, or commuter train, and it would be great if you could tell me which bus or train I'd use), and tell me which of them are still vibrant and which are shadows of their former selves? I would greatly appreciate your help.
PS I've seen the tip sheet (as well as a remarkable number of other online guides chowhound and otherwise to Chicago chow) but I get a 404 when I try to pull up the threads entitled things like "chow neighborhoods".