Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:23

The Where of Benton Park

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Benton Park is that neighborhood you don't know you know where it is or that you've been there, but once I tell you where it is you'll say, "Oh my god! I love Benton Park! The architecture down there is awesome."

BP Arch at McNairOnce you cross underneath the Gravois overpass headed south on I-55 on your left are Soulard and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and on your right Benton Park stretches all the way down to the Lemp and Chatillon-DeMenil Mansions. Along the northern border of Benton Park along Gravois at the corner of McNair you'll find St. Louis' best loved chicken at Hodaks. On the western border of Jefferson you'll find Parma, Luvy Duvy's, our namesake Benton Park, the Cherokee Rec Center and other small businesses all the way down to Cherokee Street. The southern border consists of Antique Row on Cherokee street which includes the St. Louis Curio Shoppe on the corner of Indiana and Cherokee a block east of Jefferson and O'Malley's at the corner of Cherokee and Lemp.

BPexitThe easiest way into Benton Park is to exit off I-55 at Arsenal turning west away from the Brewery. You'll know you're in the right spot when you see Gus' Pretzels and the Benton Park Café on your left and Joel's Shell and Indigo Wellness and Massage on your right where the Benton Park Neighborhood Association places the banner for upcoming events.
Here at the intersection of Lemp and Arsenal you can head south on Lemp, passing Cherokee Park to head to the mansions and Cherokee Street, or north towards most of the neighborhood's restaurants and bars located on Pestalozzi, McNair and Sidney Streets.

Now that you know the where of Benton Park you can better get to know this comfortable, cool, come as you are community.