Set along the border of DC and Maryland, Chevy Chase is a friendly, close-knit community with a suburban feel and easy access to the sights and sounds of downtown DC.
Residents here enjoy exploring the wide swaths of green space at their fingertips, strolling street after street lined with stunning homes, running everyday errands without hassle, and making the most of small-town living in a big city. And although at times they might feel pleasantly removed from the bustle of city life, the truth is that they’re still within DC limits — and mere steps from the center of it all. Keeping reading to learn why it’s one of our favorite places to work and play!
What to Do in Chevy Chase
#1 Catch a Show at The Avalon Theater: Celebrated local landmarks? You’ll find plenty in Chevy Chase. The Avalon is one of our personal favorites, a historic theater dating back to 1923 that reopened in 2003 with the help of a local grassroots effort. Now the only nonprofit-run film center in all of DC, The Avalon is a go-to screening destination for independent & foreign movies plus documentaries & film festivals that also features a cafe for refreshments.
#2 Get Outdoors: In Chevy Chase, there’s no shortage of outdoor diversions for locals to savor. For starters, it’s home to Rock Creek Park, a DC oasis where you’ll find golfing, tennis courts, and walking/equestrian trails — to name just a few. There’s also Lafayette Park, where playgrounds, tennis courts, and baseball fields offer something for all to enjoy. And let’s not forget Livingston Park, a part of the Chevy Chase Rec Center, which features baseball fields, tennis courts, a dog park, a small water park, and playgrounds.
#3 Get Served at Comet Ping Pong: Crisp pies, live music, and ping-pong are what’s on the menu at this local mainstay with enduring appeal. More details here.
#4 Shop Til’ You Drop: Just steps from the community’s central Metro stop, a vibrant mix of high-end shopping awaits — from Bloomingdales to Anthropologie, Saks, Sephora, and so much more.
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Where to Eat & Drink in Chevy Chase
#1 Blue 44: This casual eatery is one of Chevy Chase’s more family-friendly dining options. If the name sounds familiar, it may be from the national headlines it generated after a regular left a $2,000 tip on a $93 tab a few years back. Or perhaps the weekly fried chicken deal that lures in visitors near and far rings a bell. Either way, it’s a can’t miss stop on your Chevy Chase culinary tour.
#2 Parthenon: This go-to spot for meat-filled gyros, stuffed grape leaves, and spinach-packed spanakopita has been catering to fans of Greek cooking for nearly 30 years.
#3 Sushiko: This sleek spot is a must-try for top-notch sushi and small plates, plus onsite offshoot Kōbō for tasting menus.
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How to Get Around
While the community has its fair share of walkable pathways, the Friendship Heights Metro Stop (located on the red line), along with the E4, L2, and M4 bus routes have really put this neighborhood on the map in terms of accessibility. Traveling by car? Luckily, main thoroughfares like Wisconsin Avenue help connect drivers with the rest of the city.
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