Old Jerusalem
~ 1976 ~

Famous For: Fresh ingredients, fast service, and delicious meals that are all authentically Lebanese.

Founded By: Old Jerusalem had been opened by a family member a few years prior, but once Ahmed got involved, he knew Old Jerusalem was the right place for him. He ended up buying the family member out and he’s been running the place ever since.

Fun Foodie Facts:

  • Ahmed Ali Awad, came here from Lebanon in order to obtain his Master’s Degree in Accounting from The University of Illinois – Chicago. But found his passion in this restaurant, though we are sure the accounting degree comes in handy here!
  • To make falafel, you start with chickpeas, soak them, clean them, ground them and mix them with parsley, onion and garlic.
  • Lebanese cuisine combines the sophistication and subtlety of European cuisine with the exotic ingredients of the Middle and Far East.
  • Bread is such a staple of the Lebanese diet, that some Arabic dialects refer to bread as “esh” – which means life.


Our Recos:

Perfect dinner for before a comedy show at The Second City! Grab your bite to eat here and enjoy the easy walk to the show. It’s BYOB so bring a 6-pack or a bottle of wine and enjoy your meal. If you go for the combination plate you’ll be able to try a nice variety of food.

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Tour Length3 hours
Cost$75 Adult | $90 Adult VIP | $40 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles

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Cost$60 Adult | $72 Adult VIP | $35 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles
NeighborhoodsGold Coast & Old Town
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