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elcome to Chico, where outdoor enthusiasts meet art lovers and opportunities abound for adventure. With Discover Chico, we aim to introduce newcomers and longtime residents to all of the entertainment, dining, arts and parks that this fair city has to offer. If you’re new to the area, it won’t take long for you to fall in love. After all, many a Chico State student came to town to study and stuck around well after graduation. Chico is a special place, a tight-knit community of artists, musicians, bicyclists, activists, and everything in between. For those who love an outdoor adventure, spring is the prime time, when the flowers are blooming and the grass is green and lush. Summers in Chico get hot, perfect weather for a tube ride down the Sacramento River or a dip in one of Bidwell Park’s many swimming holes. Chico is a truly unique place to visit and live. Locals are known for being welcoming to newcomers, so don’t be too shy to stop and ask for directions or recommendations. Now get out and have some fun! —Meredith J. Cooper

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Contents

Events .............................5

Mark your calendar! There’s plenty of fun stuff to do when the weather heats up.

Downtown ........................10 Get acquainted with the core of Chico with this walking tour.

Campus............................14 Chico State and Butte College provide the region with educational opportunities, economic vitality and intellectual inspiration.

Parks & Recreation ............18 Bidwell Park is Chico’s most beautiful feature, with lots of recreational opportunities. We’ve also included listings for Chico’s many smaller parks and playgrounds, as well as regional golf courses.

Maps ..........................24-25 We’ve included maps of downtown Chico and Butte County to orient visitors and newcomers to the area.

Arts & Entertainment .........26 There’s no shortage of art galleries, theaters and live music in Chico. Browse the list and find your flavor of entertainment.

Nightlife ..........................32 When the sun goes down, Chicoans head out. Join them!

Dining .............................38 Organized by category, this list of Chico eateries will help keep your palate happy from breakfast until after the bars close.

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Family Fun .......................52 This special section filled with familyfriendly destinations is guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Agritourism ......................56 Chico’s position in the Sacramento Valley makes it ideal for year-round agriculture-related tourism to wineries, olive orchards and working farms.

Excursions ........................62 Do you have a few days to spend adventuring? Here are some highlights in the areas surrounding Chico.

Lodging ...........................66 It’s time to relax after a long day.

Relocation Guide ...............70 If you’re thinking of moving to Chico, this section is for you. It covers the basics, including demographics, politics, schools and health care facilities. Discover Chico editor: Meredith J. Cooper Additional editing and writing: Jason Cassidy, Melissa Daugherty, Tom Gascoyne, Howard Hardee and Ken Smith Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters Photography: Jason Cassidy, Kyle Delmar, Meredith J. Cooper, Howard Hardee, Melanie MacTavish, Tina Flynn, Paula Schultz and Brittany Waterstradt Advertising manager: Jamie DeGarmo Advertising staff: Ruth Alderson, Alex Beehner, Brian Corbit, Faith de Leon and Laura Golino Discover Chico is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300, www.newsreview.com www.discoverchico.com Copyright ©2015 Chico Community Publishing


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pring and summer in Chico offer some of the most fun outdoor activities—from festivals and fairs to farmers’ markets and free concerts at City Plaza. We know it can get hot, but here are a few cool ways to spend your days (and nights) during your time here in Chico. Go forth and have a blast!

Get out and go! Tourism information

For those new to the area—and even the seasoned local—there are so many things to do in and around Chico that we can’t possibly fit them all into this guide. Here are a few additional resources for events and activities:

Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) CARD runs many of the parks in Chico and is the go-to spot for everything from softball leagues to summer camps to classes for people of all ages. CARD also hosts several special events each year, including summer Movies in the Park and a Fourth of July celebration. 545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711, www.chicorec.com

Chico Chamber of Commerce The Chico Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of information on local shopping, lodging and recreation. Stop by the Visitor Center for maps EVENTS continued on page 6 Farmers’ and crafts markets Spring/Summer 2015 DISCOVER CHICO 5


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and guides or for some friendly advice from knowledgeable locals. 441 Main St. Ste. 150, 891-5556, www.chicochamber.com

Chico News & Review The CN&R puts together this handy guide twice a year, but if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you probably want to pick up a free copy of the paper, which comes out on Thursdays, or check out the CN&R website, which includes an extensive list of activities, concerts, events and club meetings. www.newsreview.com/ chico

Chico State With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on. Check out Chico State’s School of the Arts and Chico Performances websites for up-to-date info on shows and exhibits. www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com and www.chicoperformances.com

Downtown Chico Business Association For all things downtown related, check out the Downtown Chico Business Association. Information about upcoming events are updated

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on the DCBA’s website, www.downtownchico.net

Silver Dollar Fairground From go-kart racing and science fairs to bridal shows and bull-riding, Silver Dollar Fairground offers a little bit of everything for everyone. 2357 Fair St., 895-4666, www.silverdollar fair.org

Throughout the season Farmers’ and crafts markets For local produce sales yearround, check out the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, rain or shine, in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets downtown. This market features a wide range of fresh, local fruits and veggies, crafts, locally prepared hot foods, top-notch coffee, etc. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. www.chicofarmersmarket.com Downtown Chico’s popular Thursday Night Market, sponsored by the Downtown Chico Business Association, is back in full swing for the spring and summer months. Free entertainment along with produce and other goods for sale. Hours:

6-9 p.m., April 2-Sept. 24. The North Valley Plaza Farmers’ Market offers produce each Wednesday. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-noon, May 22-Nov. 27. 893-3276. Another option in Chico is the Chapmantown Friday Certified Farmers’ Market at Community Park. Hours: 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 1010 Cleveland Ave., www. cchaos.org

Fork in the Road One Wednesday a month about a dozen food trucks gather at Manzanita Place to serve up their specialties, accompanied by live music. Begins April 1, 5-8 p.m. 1705 Manzanita Ave., forkintheroad chico.weebly.com

Friday Night Concerts Fridays, May 8-Sept. 11, 78:30 p.m. Chico’s City Plaza fills with music of all sorts, from rock to jazz to reggae and more. The Downtown Chico Business Association books popular local bands for this summer tradition, now in its 38th year. 3456500, www.downtownchico.net

Chico Cemetery tours Take a tour of Chico’s cemetery. Free tours last an hour and a half and are scheduled for the third


Chico Wildflower Century Photo by Gabi rozee

Thursday of each month and registration is required. 881 Mangrove Ave., 345-7243

California Nut Festival

Picnic in the Plaza Join your fellow Chicoans for lunch on Tuesdays in the City Plaza, where there will be food trucks and entertainment. www.downtown chico.net

Silver Dollar Speedway Most races are held on Friday and Saturday nights. For a full schedule, including everything from destruction derby to Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals. 891-6353, www.silver dollarspeedway.com

March Chico Kite Day March 29, noon-4 p.m. A Chico springtime tradition sponsored by Bird in Hand, families fly colorful kites all afternoon. Prizes are awarded for the best homemade kites. Community Park, 1900 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

April CAMMIES Music Festival April 9-11. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Chico’s annual music festival celebrating the area’s

vibrant and eclectic music scene. The festival will run for three nights at various venues, with the finale and awards show at Chico Women’s Club (592 E. Third St.) on April 18, 2-7 p.m. www.newsreview.com/ cammies

California Nut Festival April 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event features local farmers, winemakers, brewers, chefs and bakers with food and beverage samplings, live music on two stages and an art show. $25-$30. 10381 Midway, 342-4359, www.californianut festival.com

Chico Comedy Festival Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m.2 a.m. (after the CAMMIES Finale

earlier that day). Fifty of the best stand-up comics from LA, SF, Sac, Oakland, Santa Cruz and Chico— including Drennon Davis, Matt Lieb and Brendan Lynch—will perform throughout downtown Chico, most shows are free. Tickets for the headliners show at the El Rey Theatre (230 W. Second St.) available at http://tinyurl.com/m9qo5gg

Chico Wildflower Century April 26, 5:30 a.m. Chico Wildflower Century, a 100-mile ride through much of scenic Butte County, starts and finishes at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Nearly 4,000 cyclists participate in this annual race staged by the Chico Velo Cycling Club. Less demanding rides also available, such as the EVENTS continued on page 8 Spring/Summer 2015 Discover chico 7

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Mildflower 65 and the Childflower 12. www.chicovelo.org

May Endangered Species Faire May 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by the Butte Environmental Council, this is the oldest environmental fair in Northern California. Features informational booths on ecology, wildlife and environmental issues and animals, music, food and more. One-Mile picnic area in Lower Bidwell Park, www.endangeredspeciesfaire.org

Feather Fiesta Days May 3-10. Oroville’s hometown celebration for more than 70 years, Feather Fiesta Days includes a beer festival kickoff, parades, food vendors, activities for the kids, a car show and a chili cook-off. 538-2542, www.orovillechamber.net

Silver Dollar Fair May 21-25. Chico’s popular annual community fair at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds features exhibits, livestock, a carnival midway, car races and music. www.silverdollarfair.org

June Soroptimist International Microbrew Festival June 6, 2-6 p.m. The annual Microbrew Festival, hosted by Soroptimist Internation of Bidwell Rancho, features tasting opportunities from dozens of microbreweries and live music. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave., www.sibidwellrancho.org

Country Faire & Threshing Bee June 6-7. This festive annual event is hosted by the Far West Heritage Association at Patrick Ranch Museum’s 28 acres on the Midway just outside of Chico. Enjoy food and live music and see living history as a threshing bee is reenacted. 10381 Midway, Durham, 342-4359, www.patrickranch museum.org

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Chico Bicycle Music Festival June 13, noon-10 p.m. This annual tradition features a pedal-powered generator providing the juice for a series of concerts at various locations that bicyclists ride to en masse. Free. www.chicobicyclemusicfestival.com

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DOWNTOWN

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o other area captures the character of Chico quite as completely as downtown. Since Chico’s mid-1800s birth, the city’s core, centered around Main Street and Broadway, has remained the community’s vibrant, beating heart. There are a variety of places to eat, shop for everything from clothes to furniture, check out some art, or catch a live performance. Downtown’s architecture and murals offer a glimpse into the city’s past, and it’s not far from Bidwell Park, the Chico State campus, or a creek-side retreat. Downtown also hosts myriad markets, festivals and other events throughout the year.

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Take a walk

For a firsthand view of what downtown has to offer, follow this self-guided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know the walkable and welcoming city center. As you admire the landmarks, take time to browse, chow or wet your whistle at some of Chico’s most eclectic establishments along the way. See page 24 for a corresponding map.

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If it’s Saturday, head straight to the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. This year-round local favorite is a great place to score fresh local produce and other delectables, as well as a fantastic place to people watch. It also features artisan crafts and food vendors, and sometimes street musicians are on hand to entertain. Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in


the parking lot at Second and Wall streets, 893-3276, www.chicofarmers market.com. 2

Chico Municipal Center

Next, head about two blocks south to the city’s administrative offices for a look at one of Chico’s most recognizable sculptures—Our Hands, a giant pair of hands with iconic images of Chico embedded in their surface—which is poised out front. Inside, the building also hosts regular exhibitions of local art. Municipal Center hours: MondayFriday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 411 Main St., 896-7200, www.chico.ca.us 3

Old Municipal Building

Swing around to the front of the block to the renovated Old Municipal Building, now the home of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, to load up on insider tips and free brochures for area attractions. Hours: MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 441 Main St., 800-852-8570 4

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Senator Theatre

Just south on Main Street, you’ll find the ornate Senator Theatre, built in 1928 and a major landmark in Chico’s history. Once home to traveling shows, the Senator became a movie theater in the mid-20th century. Now, it’s the North State’s main stop for big-name bands. 517 Main St., 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions.net 5

Downtown Post Office

Head back up Main and swing left on Fifth to make a stop at the United States Postal Service office. Built in 1916, it’s recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. With its beautiful arched entrance and Renaissance revival architecture, the post office is a true Chico landmark. 141 W. Fifth St., 342-5038. 6

Chico City Plaza

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off in the fountain. City Plaza is the venue for a decades old Chico tradition: Friday Night Concerts. The free concerts are a great place to hear live, local music in a range of genres. Fifth and Main streets 7

Stansbury Home

Head one block west to admire this gleaming-white Victorian home, built in 1883, at the corner of West Fifth and Salem streets. This is Chico’s most well-preserved example of late-19th-century Italianate architecture. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848, www.stansburyhome.org 8

Hotel Diamond

Veer northeast to the Hotel Diamond, a beautifully renovated homage to the original luxury hotel constructed in 1904. Now, the hotel offers standard rooms and luxury suites. 220 W. Fourth St, 893-3100, www.hoteldiamond chico.com 9

El Rey Theatre

Two blocks north you’ll find this historic venue, which dates from 1905 and was originally a Vaudeville theater. It is now used primarily for touring performers. 230 W. Second St., www.jmaxproductions.net 10

Chico Museum

center. Proximity to the Children’s Playground ( 12 ) across the creek and the Gateway Science Museum ( 13 ) make this the perfect stop for

an afternoon of family fun. Hours: Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 525 Esplanade, 895-6144, www.parks.ca.gov l

Just around the corner at Second and Salem lies the opportunity to more deeply explore the area’s past. Housed in a former Andrew Carnegie library, the Chico Museum celebrates the region’s history with permanent and rotating exhibits. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org 11

Bidwell Mansion

This elegant three-story, 26-room, pink-and-brown Victorian mansion is Chico’s most famous landmark, named after former residents John and Annie Bidwell. The Bidwells entertained guests like President Rutherford B. Hayes, Gen. William Sherman, John Muir and Susan B. Anthony here. On-thehour tours and a local-history display are available in the visitor 12 Discover chico Spring/Summer 2015

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hico State is the intellectual pulse of our community, but there are many other educational opportunities abounding locally as well. Butte College’s satellite campus is here, as are two beauty schools and a law school, giving residents a lot to choose from when it comes to higher education and vocational training.

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Campus tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., beginning at the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student Services Center. To make a reservation, log onto www.tinyurl.com/csuctour or call 898-6322. If you decide to take a stroll on your own, here are a few places on the Chico State campus worth noting:

Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Students in the know call it the BMU. Owned and operated by the Associated Students, the BMU is home to the Chico State Wildcat Store, the Marketplace Cafe, an auditorium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs). www.aschico.com

Historic Quarter Dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Kendall Hall, Laxson Auditorium, Trinity Hall and Ayres Hall make up the historic quarter. Romanesque-style brick buildings dominate this beautiful area of campus, which also boasts a domed rotunda, bell tower and rose garden.

Janet Turner Print Museum Adjacent to the Museum of Anthropology in Meriam Library, the Janet Turner Print Museum displays an impressive collection of fine art prints from artists including Dalí, Durer, Goya, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir and Tamayo, as well as prints by the museum’s late benefactor, artist and Chico State art professor Janet Turner. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 898-4476, www.janetturner.org

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Laxson Auditorium A cornerstone of the historic quarter, this majestic auditorium also hosts the major music, theater and dance events on campus, including the spring musical, North State Symphony Orchestra concerts and performances by world-class touring artists. The auditorium also houses the Laxson Fine Art Gallery, which features works by students and some of the Chico area’s most prominent artists. University Box Office: 8986333. Laxson Fine Art Gallery: 8985331. www.chicoperformances.com

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Meriam Library Chico State’s Meriam Library is the state’s largest library north of Sacramento and an important regional information resource. 8985862, www.csuchico.edu/library

Performing Arts Center (PAC) This large building just east of the BMU is the hub of the university’s extensive performing-arts program. It houses two excellent theaters and a recital hall that host public performances.

University Art Gallery A student-centered exhibition space in Trinity Hall that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Located on the first floor of Meriam Library, this teaching museum features rotating exhibitions, photos and artifacts, with the aim of promoting respect and appreciation for human diversity. Admission free; donations welcome. Hours: September-May: TuesdaySaturday, 11 a.m.3 p.m. June-July: MondayThursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 898-5397, www.csuchico. edu/anthmuseum 16 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2015

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More education Butte College Opened in 1968, the local community college has come a long way since its early years when classes were held in portable buildings. In the mid-1970s, Butte College moved to its spacious campus located on a 928-acre wildlife refuge in the foothills between Oroville and Chico. In recent years, the campus core has changed dramatically, with a complete overhaul and expansion of the library, and the addition of three new state-of-the-art buildings. The impressive two-story Arts Building offers a keyboard lab, a full digital recording studio, a print studio, a cutting-edge graphic-design lab and the fabulous Black Box Theatre. Butte College’s satellite campus in Chico makes it possible for students to attend classes without making the drive to the main campus. Its newest addition is the Skyway Center in south Chico, home to the automotivetechnology program. The accredited two-year college offers associate degrees and fully transferable general-education courses, as well as vocational-certificate programs. The college also has been recognized nationally for its commitment to sustainability practices; its Arts building was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the

first in the North State to receive such recognition. It also has the distinction as the first college campus in the country to go grid-positive. Main campus: 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, 895-2511, www.butte.edu Chico Center: 2320 Forest Ave., 895-1352

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PARKS & RECREATION

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f you’re the type who can’t stay inside on a beautiful day, being active in Chico comes naturally. When the sun’s shining, the city’s parks are an irresistible draw for runners, cyclists, swimmers and hikers—not to mention those taking a leisurely stroll or meeting friends for a picnic. The most notable green space, Bidwell Park, is one of the largest municipal parks in the country, providing our town with thousands of acres of shade, rugged terrain and swimming holes. Given to the city as a gift by local pioneer Annie Bidwell, Bidwell Park has been enjoyed by visitors for more than 100 years. 18 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2015

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Bidwell Park

Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre preserve and the natural heart and soul of the Chico community. Divided by Manzanita Avenue, the park comprises two distinct sections. The area to the west of Manzanita bordering Big Chico Creek is known as Lower Park, while the land to the east, which extends into the Sierra Nevada foothills, is known as Upper Park. Lower Park’s thick canopy of trees provides shade for its many grassy knolls and creekside spaces. And Upper Park, which extends five miles along both sides of Big Chico Creek Canyon, ranges from lush riparian habitat to rugged rock faces. To reserve picnic areas, call 896-7800. For trail and road conditions, call 896-7899 or visit www.chico.ca.us (select “Bidwell Park”). Within Bidwell Park, there are a number of special spots:


Lower Park Caper Acres A much-beloved playground with a soft, spongy central area full of things for kids to climb on, including an impressive mosaic sea serpent created by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. TuesdaySunday. 500 S. Park Drive

Cedar Grove Cedar Grove Picnic Area and Meadow offers easily accessible picnic tables and barbecues along with a green place to relax near the creek and access to the World of Trees Independence Trail. 7:30 a.m.-an hour after sunset. 1890 E. Eighth St.

Upper Park

Chico Creek Nature Center

Equestrian Center

The family-friendly Chico Creek Nature Center features a nonreleasable living animal collection—the Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum—as well as the Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall and Kristie’s Nature Lab, along with creek access and picnic tables. 1978 E. Eighth St., 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org

One-Mile Recreation Area Soaking up the sun, swimming in the huge Sycamore Pool or picnicking beneath the towering valley oaks and white-barked sycamore trees is what One-Mile is all about. With its barbecues, horseshoe pits and playing fields, One-Mile is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily accessible for automobiles through entrances on Fourth Street or Vallombrosa Way.

Lower Bidwell Park trails Foot, bicycle and equestrian paths run the length of Chico’s Lower Bidwell Park through stately oak groves and near the riparian zone of Big Chico Creek, where creekside trails offer beautiful views of the water and seclusion amid the trees. Take South Park Drive or Peterson Memorial Way to any turnoff.

Lower Park entrance under Mananita Avenue Photo by Paula schultz

Horse lovers and their equine friends are welcome on many trails in Bidwell Park. Equestrian events are held in the arena, which is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday. Accessible from Wildwood Avenue.

Five-Mile Recreation Area At the foot of Upper Bidwell Park, Five-Mile is either a kicking-off point for forays into the canyon or a great destination on its own. Picnic tables, barbecues and ample space make it a popular spot for group gatherings. Take Vallombrosa east to the end, turn right on Manzanita, left on Centennial, and the area is to the left.

Hooker Oak Recreation Area Home to the beautiful baseball facility Doryland Field, several softball fields, a children’s playground and the Sherwood Forest Kids’ Disc Golf Course (which is often full of adults). Take Vallombrosa Avenue east, turn left on Manzanita—Hooker Oak will be on your right.

Horseshoe Lake A perfect place to walk the dog (complete with a designated off-leash area) or do some fishing. Horseshoe Lake also serves as a jumping-

off point for the park’s miles of rugged trails. Visit nearby Chico Community Observatory for nightly constellation tours (go to www. chicoobservatory.org for more info).

North Rim Trail Skirting the north edge of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek canyon, the North Rim offers one of the area’s most popular trails. The “B” Trail, which descends from the North Rim, offers rugged and scenic mountain biking and hiking. Take Wildwood Avenue off Manzanita Avenue, and then go 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Peregrine Point Trailhead & Disc Golf Course Chico’s 18-hole disc golf course is a challenge for avid disc golfers and offers breathtaking views of Big Chico Creek Canyon. The course is about 4 miles past Bruce Road on Highway 32, with an entrance on the left.

South Rim Trail This less-traveled trail is one of the more rugged in Upper Bidwell Park. It runs through the old police pistol range, above Bidwell Park Golf Course and high along the south side of the canyon. For a day hike, take South Rim Trail to the less-populated south side of Bear Hole and return on Upper Park Road or the creekside Yahi Trail. The trailhead is beyond Five-Mile, where Centennial Drive dead-ends at Chico Canyon Road. PARKS continued on page 20 Spring/Summer 2015 Discover chico 19

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Upper Park Road Wildwood Avenue in Chico turns into a rocky, rutted dirt road 2 miles into Upper Bidwell Park, where it becomes Upper Park Road. It’s usually passable for most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Bidwell Park along Big Chico Creek, with parking available at the lots at the various swimming holes along the way. Three trails parallel Upper Park Road to the north—Lower, Middle and Upper trails. The latter two are favored by mountain bikers and hikers alike for their up-and-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

Wildwood Park This 17-acre park near the gateway to Upper Park features state-of-the-art equipment that is second to none. The site also has covered picnic areas and two softball fields. Located at 100 Wildwood Ave., off of Manzanita Avenue.

Yahi Trail Designated on trail markers as “easiest,” the Yahi Trail runs along Big Chico Creek in Upper Bidwell Park. Constructed in 1967 by the local Yahi Group of the Sierra Club,

the trail is notable for its lush, shady greenery and access to numerous picturesque spots along the creek. Erosion is a problem on the Yahi, so no bikers or horses are allowed. It begins just east of Horseshoe Lake off Wildwood Avenue.

Other parks and playgrounds Baroni Park Located in a quiet southeast Chico neighborhood, family-friendly Baroni Park offers play equipment, a full-sized basketball court and a large green space. Corner of Baroni and Via Mission drives.

Chico City Plaza This one-block park in the heart of downtown Chico (between Fourth and Fifth streets, and Main Street and Broadway) features an elaborate concert stage and a ground-level fountain. The plaza is host to Chico’s summertime Friday Night Concerts and is otherwise a great place to people watch or rest your feet.

Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary It might sound like an odd place to visit, but you can walk on the levees behind Chico’s Water Pollution Control Plant and find many species of local and migrating waterfowl and other birds and mammals. The trail loops around ponds for about 2 miles behind the plant. There is even a viewing blind. Take West Fifth Street until it becomes Chico River Road just outside of town, and go another 3 miles until you see the plant on your left.

Comanche Trail A 1-mile self-guided loop through the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource & Conservation Center (commonly referred to as “the tree farm”) in south Chico. The walk features many varieties of stately trees bordering a fast-flowing creek. Most of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Open weekdays during the day. Drive to the gate at the end of Cramer Lane. 895-1176

Community Park Officially known as Community Park, but also called “20th Street Park,” this popular 20-acre space features tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a large Wildwood Park

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DeGarmo Park This park in north Chico features the town’s only dog park, a fully fenced grassy area with doggie drinking fountains and benches for relaxing. The site also includes three ball fields, walking paths, a playground, restrooms, benches and a sheltered picnic and concession area. Take The Esplanade north to Leora Court.

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Hancock Park Tucked away in a north Chico neighborhood, this grassy area off Marigold Avenue features walking paths and disc-golf baskets.

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For skateboarding and inline skating, this Chico park features a 10,000-square-foot skate track equipped with a pyramid, a rail, a box, two 3-foot-wide steps, curbing and steel coping to supply skaters with enough variation to mix up their moves. On Humboldt Avenue between Orient and Flume streets.

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Oak Way Park This popular neighborhood park offers basketball courts, lighted walking paths and plenty of open field for flag football or just a game of catch. At the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Highway 32.

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Peterson Park in north Chico features a basketball court, a children’s playground and picnic tables. Off Crater Lake Drive.

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traps and small target greens to go along with a driving range and practice putting course. 13301 Garner Lane, 342-4600

Sevillano Links Golf Course Worth the 45-minute drive from Chico, this scenic, John Daly Signature, 18-hole championship course at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning was named “Best New Golf Course” by Golfweek magazine. 2657 Barham Ave., 528-4600, www. sevillanolinks.com

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Rotary Park Tiny Rotary Park includes a small playground, basketball court, picnic tables and barbecues that attract people of all ages throughout the day. The park is a frequent site for pick-up basketball games. West 16th Street and Broadway.

Teichert Ponds Dubbed “The Accidental Wetland” by Chico Creek Nature Center naturalist Jon Aull, Teichert Ponds “host some of Chico’s most interesting wild inhabitants,” including wood ducks, beavers and herons. The obscure three-pond area is visible on the east side of Highway 99, between the 20th Street and Highway 32 exits.

Verbena Fields This 21-acre, rough-hewn nature park was formerly a gravel quarry. Located between Lindo Channel and East First Avenue near Verbena Avenue, the park features native plants, a walking trail loop and the colorful Mechoopda Trail Youth Mural.

Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center The nine-hole, par-33 Lake Oroville Golf Course requires collared shirts. Scheduling a tee time is also necessary after 5 p.m. 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville, 589-0777, www.lakeorovillegolfandevent center.com

Lava Creek is a scenic, year-round nine-hole course and driving range. For disc golfers, greens fees are $4. 5235 Clark Road, Paradise, 872-4653

Paradise Pines Golf Course This course is just a short drive from Chico in the wooded Sierra Nevada foothills community of Magalia. The course offers nine holes plus a driving range. 13917 S. Park Drive, 873-1111, www.paradise pinesgolfcourse.com

This nine-hole course in north Chico has been renovated with sand

Public golf courses Bidwell Park Golf Course A picturesque 18-hole, par-72 course in Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park. Professional lessons are available, along with apparel and equipment. Open every day except Christmas from dawn to dusk. About a mile up Wildwood Avenue. 891-8417, www.golfbidwellpark.com

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This six-hole Chico course offers lights for night golfing, a driving range and three golf pros on staff. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week. 1 Longest Drive, 899-8108, www.skywaygolfpark.com

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Skyway Golf Park

This public 18-hole course is flat and includes fast greens and wide fairways, providing ample landing areas. The facility offers two practice greens and a driving range. 2700 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, 533-3922, www.tablemountaingolf.com

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club The club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course winds through the lava rock over undulating foothill terrain bordering the Skyway between Chico and Paradise. The course is open to the public and memberships are available. 3100 Skyway, 624-7006, l www.tuscanridgeclub.com

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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he arts are a huge part of what defines Chico and makes it such a vibrant cultural destination. The nightlife is covered in other parts of this guide, and here we focus on the galleries, museums, studios, community theaters, university resources and movie houses that make Chico the cultural hub of Northern California.

Galleries & museums 1078 Gallery This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery has been offering “exciting exhibitions of contemporary and experimental artworks in visual, musical, literary, film and performance mediums” in Chico since 1981. Check its website for details of the offerings on its very busy schedule. Hours: ThursdaySaturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., plus regular evening performances and receptions. 820 Broadway, 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org

3rd Floor Art Gallery Chico State’s Associated Students runs this gallery, which features original student works throughout the school year. Located on the third floor of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 898-3380 26 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2015

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B-So Space

Downtown shop featuring art supplies, framing services and rotating exhibits featuring local artists. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. 122 W. Third St., 895-1161, www.artetc-chico.com

Named for its location in the art department—“between the stairs and the office”—this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State student works. Call for hours. Ayres Hall, Chico State, 898-5331, www.csuchico.edu/art

The Art House An urban art garden/gallery with sculpture and ceramics by Dave and Jana Lawton. Hours: Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and by appointment. 325 Nord Ave., 894-1843, www.chico arthouse.com

AVL Looms Located in Chico since 1980, AVL Looms is a world-famous textileequipment manufacturing company, building a variety of looms that ship to all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Tours are available by appointment. 2360 Park Ave, 8934915, www.avlusa.com

Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery (BAD DOG) The Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery has two outdoor locations: at the business department on Butte College’s main campus, and in downtown Chico at Second and Broadway. 222 W. Second St.

Butte College Art Gallery Campus gallery showing local and student works. ARTS Building, Butte College. 895-2404, www.facebook. com/butteartgallery


Chico All Fired Up Chico All Fired Up is an open studio with clay-working tools and a ceramic-supply outlet with clays, glazes, tools and raw materials. It’s now also a center for learning for Work Training Center, a nonprofit focused on adults with disabilities. Open daily (call or visit website for times). 830 Broadway, 894-5227, www.chicoallfiredup.org

Chico Art Center Established in 1956, this nonprofit arts venue offers regular group exhibits as well as classes for all levels. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com

Chico Art School & Gallery Offers adults and children ongoing instruction in painting and drawing in various mediums. Classes taught by Janet Lombardi Blixt, twice voted Best Instructor/Professor and six times voted Best Local Artist. 336 Broadway, Ste. 20. 570-3895, www.chicoartschool.com

Chico Museum

permanent exhibits on Chico’s history and the history of the area’s Mechoopda Indian tribe. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students, and children 5-12. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 8914336, www.chicomuseum.org

Chico Paper Co. In the heart of downtown, this custom framing and retail shop features works by more than 25 prominent local artists, plus an excellent selection of greeting cards and handmade jewelry. Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 345 Broadway, 891-0900, www.chicopapercompany.com

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Gateway Science Museum Gateway offers rotating science and natural history exhibits as well as permanent displays on Ice Age skeletons, the Sacramento River watershed and the ecoregions surrounding the museum. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 624 Esplanade, 898-4121, www.csuchico.edu/gateway

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Healing Art Gallery Housed in the halls of Enloe Regional Cancer Center, the Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856

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A member-driven maker space featuring an array of workspaces and state-of-the-art equipment (3-D printer, Shopbot, etc.) as well as rotating exhibits of works created in the lab. Hours vary. Call or visit website for more info. 603 Orange St., 592-0609, www.ideafablabs.com

James Snidle Fine Arts & Appraisals Based in Chico and San Francisco, the James Snidle gallery houses a large collection of fine art and hosts regular exhibits highlighting contemporary artists from Chico and beyond. Snidle also offers fine-art and personal-property appraisals, plus art restoration and conservation. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday,

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Janet Turner Print Museum In addition to housing some 3,500 prints by such artists as Goya, Rembrandt and Renoir—as well as the museum’s namesake—this print museum hosts themed showcases of its collection as well as curated exhibits of contemporary works, including the Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m., or by appointment. Meriam Library, first floor, at Chico State, 898-4476, www.janetturner.org

laxson Fine Arts Gallery Located upstairs in Laxson Auditorium, this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State student works. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 898-5331, www.csuchico.edu/art

Orient & Flume Art Glass Art glass at its finest. This Chico gallery offers a variety of world-class vases, bowls and assorted glassworks.


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Call for information about glassblowing demonstrations. 2161 Park Ave. Hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 893-0373, www.orientandflume.com

Sally Dimas Art Gallery This shop/gallery features original paintings, art pottery, etchings and jewelry by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 493 East Ave., 345-3063

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Satava Glass For 35 years, Satava has created world-class hand-blown and solidform glass art. Their glass vases and colorful jellyfish pieces are particularly popular. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Studioviewing hours: Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.3 p.m. 819 Wall St., 345-7985, www.satava.com/studio

University Art Gallery A student-centered gallery exhibiting local, national and international artists. 100 Trinity Hall, Chico State campus. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864, www.csuchico.edu/art/galleries/ univgallery.html

The Vagabond Rose Gallery & Framing Marilyn Souza’s downtown gallery/shop features exhibits from local and regional artists. Call for hours. 236 Main St., 343-1110

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology The museum offers anthropology exhibitions, plus lectures and children’s programs. Chico State students design and install the exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (summer hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Closed between exhibits. Meriam Library, first floor, at Chico State, 898-5397, www.csuchico.edu/ anthmuseum

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Chico Theater Company

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Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions for more than a decade. They also produce nonmusical comedies and children’s theater shows. The theater is intimate with seating for only 200 and a great view of the stage from anywhere in the house. 166 Eaton Road, Suite F, 894-3282, www.chicotheater company.com

A state-of-the art performance space offering regular public concerts featuring national touring folk, roots and Americana acts produced by North Valley Productions. It’s also an elegant venue that’s available to rent out for weddings and other events, 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 864-2525, www.chicorendezvous.com

Blue Room Theatre This longstanding community theater in downtown Chico specializes in cutting-edge contemporary and classic works, with scripts ranging from the locally written to modern favorites. 139 W. First St. (upstairs), 895-3749, www.blueroomtheatre.com

Butte College Black Box Theatre Butte College presents one drama or musical, ranging from classical to contemporary productions, each semester in its state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre. 3536 Butte Campus Drive, 895-2994, www.butte.edu/ drama

California Regional Theatre A newer addition to Chico’s theater scene, CRT produces large-scale musicals in CUSD’s Center for the Arts (475 East Ave.) and offers educational opportunities for children regularly throughout the year. 800-722-4522, www.crtshows.com

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre Throughout the academic year, the department presents a variety of classic, experimental and contemporary plays in two spaces (Harlen Adams Theatre and Wismer Theatre) inside the Performing Arts Center, as well as a musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333, www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com 1078 Gallery

Chico Unified School District’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School offers performances by local high schools as well as California Regional Theatre. 475 East Ave., 891-3272, www.cfachico.com

The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great concerts by nationally known touring bands (produced mainly by JMax Productions), but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. 517 Main St., 898-1497, www.jmax productions.net

Slow Theatre

Sierra Nevada Big Room

A different kind of theater company committed to a deliberate approach to producing theater. Performances—such as the annual Butcher Shop theater festival held every Labor Day Weekend in an orchard at 2500 Estes Road—are less frequent and are staged at various local venues. slowtheatre@gmail. com, www.slowtheatre.com

The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is also home to a famous concert venue—the Big Room. Watch for an eclectic mix of national roots, Americana, funk and folk acts—from Tommy Castro to Delhi 2 Dublin— two to three times a month in the state-of-the-art, 350-seat facility. 1075 E. 20th St., 892-4647, www.sierranevada.com/bigroom

CUSD Center for the Arts

Concerts & more Chico State Chico Performances presents world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe in Laxson Auditorium, and the School of Arts hosts student- and facultyproduced exhibits, theater, jazz concerts and the renowned North State Symphony. Chico State campus, 898-6333, www. chicoperformances.com; www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now used primarily for concerts by touring performers presented by JMax Productions. 230 W. Second St., 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions.net 30 Discover chico Spring/Summer 2015

Senator Theatre

Movies Cinemark 14 Chico’s big theater, with 14 screens showing first-run films. 801 East Ave., 879-0143, www.cinemark.com

Chico State’s Little Theatre Throughout the school year, a wide variety of interesting U.S. and international films are offered through the University Film Series. Suggested donation: $3. Ayres 106, 898-5122, www.csuchico.edu/ humanitiescenter/index.shtml

Pageant Theatre This downtown Chico landmark presents art-house films in a casual atmosphere. Get there early for the couches in the front row, and don’t miss out on Cheap Skate Mondays: all seats just $3. 351 E. Sixth St., 343-0663, www.pageantchico.com l


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NIGHTLIFE

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t’s no secret Chico is known for its nightlife. From hip craft-beer bars to sports pubs to full-on nightclubs, we have it all. And if you’re not into the bar scene, there’s plenty of other fun to be had after the sun goes down, whether it be catching a live band, trying your hand at poker or challenging your group of friends to a game of bowling. So, put down that remote and go explore life after dark in Chico.

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Out on the town Argus Bar + Patio One of downtown Chico’s newest hotspots, Argus offers premium cocktails and a rotating lineup of food trucks that pull up to the back patio on weekends. 212 W. Second St., www.argusbarandpatio.com

B Street Public House This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www.bstreetpub.com $$

Christian Michaels Ristorante Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu, with a full bar and extensive wine list. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 192 E.

Third St., 894-4005, www.chico christianmichaels.com $$$

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Known for its happy hour and patio overlooking downtown. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, www.chicocrush.com $$$

Edwards Premium Spirits This upscale bar shares an entryway (and owner) with Quackers. With a fireplace, fountain and premium spirits, this is certainly the quieter choice. Available for private parties. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

Franky’s Locally owned for 19 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, www.frankyschico.com $$


Keep it casual Café Coda Serving beer and wine, Café Coda hosts occasional live music in the evening, and live-jazz brunches Fridays at 11 a.m. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476, www.cafecoda.com

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The Holiday Inn Lounge This club inside the Holiday Inn serves food, beer, wine and cocktails and typically draws a more mature crowd than the downtown bars. 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491

LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room The oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State offers its fine wine selection in a satellite tasting room in downtown Chico. Open Wednesday-Saturday until 8 p.m. and Sunday until 6. 222 W. Second St., 899-9463, www.laroccavineyards.com $

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

selection of wines by the glass. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, www.chicopourhouse.com $$

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. 1075 E. 20th St.,345-2739, www.sierranevada.com $$$

Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro An extensive wine menu is complemented by a selection of moderately priced small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. 234 W. Third St., 636-4468 $$

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

Known for its excellent, extensive wine list, a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients and a delicious array of appetizers and tapas. 128 W. Second St., 3433408, www.monkswinelounge.com $$

Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, www.treshombresrestaurant.com $$

Nash’s Restaurant

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Fresh, creative California cuisine with casual and fine-dining options. Breakfast weekdays, champagne brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, www.nashsrestaurantchico.com $$

The Pour House Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere featuring a full bar, several taps of craft beer and a big

A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Reservations recommended. Live music on Saturdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, www.winetimechico.com $$

A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music and comedy shows. 319 Main St., 892-2473 $

Duffy’s Tavern A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. There are regular DJs playing dance music and live traditional Irish music happy hours Fridays at 4 p.m. 337 Main St., 343-7718

The End Zone A sports bar serving up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330, $

The Graduate Try a Grad Burger, salad, steak, or one of the 50 beers on tap at this rollicking local favorite. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790, www.thegraduatechico.com $$

The Handle Bar Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337 $

Joe’s Bar Recently redone, Joe’s Bar maintains its down-home atmosphere in the south-campus neighborhood, with wood chips on the floor and friendly bartenders. 749 W. Fifth St., 894-3612

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This south-Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel and wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar. It also boasts a nice patio and regular live music. 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915

Monstros Pizza & Subs This pizza-and-subs eatery has established itself as the go-to spot for punk-rock shows catering to punks of all ages. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672

Oasis Bar & Grill Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with six pool tables, pingpong, shuffleboard, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, www.oasisbarandgrill.net

Panama Bar & Café Offering appetizers and American pub food (including 31 burgers) along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817, www.panamabarcafeinchico.com $

Park Avenue Bar & Grill Features half-pound, groundprime burgers, fresh-cut french fries and a full bar. Catering available. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500 $

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A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers is full of regulars who are mostly above college-age. They have regular nights for karaoke and DJ dancing. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

Riley’s Inexpensive pub-grub eats along with a full bar at this locally owned college hotspot. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, www.rileysbar.com $

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North Chico’s newest sports bar, specializing in good food, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, www. facebook.com/ShenanigansChico $$

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you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an air-hockey table and an extremely loud jukebox. 191 E. Second St., 898-0630, www.facebook.com/theubar

The Winchester Goose The Winchester Goose is first and foremost a craft beer bar. But in case you need something to wash down that IPA with, there’s an eclectic food menu, too. And mustaches. Lots of mustaches. 800 Broadway, 715-0099, www.thewinchestergoose.com

Woodstock’s Pizza Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, take-out and delivery. 166 E. Second St., 8931500, www.woodstockschico.com $$ the grill, or sing the night away during karaoke. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge This bar on the north end of town next to Priya Indian Cuisine offers occasional live music. 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

Tackle Box Bar & Grill A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator, along with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. 379 E. Park Ave., 3457499, www.tackleboxchico.com $

University Bar The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout located on the corner of Wall and Second streets. It has everything

Clubbin’ The Beach The Beach features an ultraswanky VIP area on the second floor, complete with a funky-shaped pool table, couches and specialty martini menu. Downstairs, you’ll find a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar & Cafe. 191 E. Second St., 898-9898, www.facebook.com/thebeachchico

Crazy Horse Saloon This large bar specializes in country music. There’s occasional live music and even a mechanical bull to ride (after you sign some legal paperwork). 303 Main St., 894-5408

LaSalles LaSalles features two stages—one next to the dance floor in the main barroom and one on the outdoor patio under the trees. Both feature DJs, touring bands and local musicians. This is a college-focused club, but popular drink specials and musical acts attract a mixed clientele. 229 Broadway, 893-1891, www.lasallesbar.com

Lost on Main This bar and nightclub features some of the bigger-name, dancefriendly touring acts at its spacious downtown location. Also, they have lasers! 319 Main St., 891-1853

Peking Chinese Restaurant A Chinese restaurant by day, Peking transforms into a full-fledged dance venue on Friday nights during the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888, www.facebook.com/ bassmintchico

Casinos Casino 99 Chico’s only card room now offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. 1414 Park Ave., 892-2282

Feather Falls Casino With gaming aplenty, this casino frequently welcomes touring musicians and other entertainers. Eat at the cafe or buffet and stay the night at The Lodge, which has a fitness center and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool area. Check out the casino’s newest restaurant, the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., featuring house-brewed beers, gourmet food (including fresh sushi and sashimi) and live music. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3855, www.featherfallscasino.com

Gold Country Casino This casino boasts an 87-room hotel, plenty of gaming, and an array of other entertainment options, including karaoke, bowling, comedy night, live music and wide-screen TVs. The facility also has a steakhouse, buffet, café and an espresso bar. 4020 Olive Highway,

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Other hotspots AMF Orchard Lanes More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center serves beer and has an arcade, a snack bar, pro shop and plenty of fun. 2397 Esplanade, 895-3257, www.amf.com/orchardlanes

Chico State The campus offers several places to catch a band, or even a symphony, to liven up your evening. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe, thanks to the most prestigious promoter in town, Chico Performances. 400 W. First St., 8984636, www.chicoperformances.com

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This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now used primarily for national touring performers. 230 W. Second St., 3422727, www.jmaxproductions.net

The Rendezvous An elegant venue that’s also available to rent out for weddings and other events, The Rendezvous offers regular concerts open to the public. 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 8642525, www.chicorendezvous.com

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Boba TeaLicious

House of Bamboo

Pho C & C

Serving refreshing tapioca-pearl tea drinks in a variety of flavors, as well as smoothies, slushies and fusion teas. Seating available for enjoying ramen and other snacks. 225 Main St. Ste. M (inside the Garden Walk Mall), 966-2077 $

Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 163 E. Second St., 893-8811, www.chicohb.com $$

A variety of Vietnamese cuisine, including soups, rolls, noodles and traditional grilled or barbecued meats. 3211 Cohasset Road, 892-1415 $$

Broadway Market & Deli

Just a taste

Serving Chinese food with lunch, dinner and vegetarian specials available, along with an assortment of “bubble teas.” Eat in or take out. 128 Broadway, 899-8368, www.broadwaymarketanddeli.com $

Chada Thai Cuisine Serving authentic Thai dishes, including a vegetarian menu. Lunch, Monday-Thursday; dinner, Monday-Saturday. 117 W. Second St., 342-7121 $$

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

Cocodine Thai Cuisine Specializing in flavorful and healthy authentic central and northeastern (Issan) Thai cuisine. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800 $$

Egg Roll King Chinese-style fast food; drive-through window and indoor seating available. 659 Palmetto Ave., 893-1838 $

Enjoy Teriyaki Delicious Korean specialties, including bibimbab and cellophane noodles. Also serving potstickers, tempura and teriyaki combos for dining in or taking out. Beer and sake served, open late on weekends. 450 Broadway, 899-9344 $

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espite its relatively small size, Chico offers a surprisingly large number of options for the hungry restaurant-goer. From mobile food carts to the full fine-dining experience, locals and visitors can get a taste of just about anything they desire here. Options range from names you know to locally owned and run restaurants serving an eclectic mix of international, American and fusion cuisines. Considering the rich agricultural area surrounding Chico, many local eateries choose to source their fruits and veggies—and meats, cheeses and other edibles—as close to home as possible. Whatever you’re craving, Chico’s got you covered.

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine

Asian

Vietnamese food, including a variety of pho, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

Aonami Sustainable Sushi Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. As the name implies, the fish is sustainable (nothing on the “red” list!). Lots of vegan options, too. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168 $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro A cozy restaurant featuring traditional Japanese sushi, plus a variety of appetizers. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571 $$

KEY TO SYMBOLS $ $$ $$$

Entrées less than $10 Entrées priced $10-$15 Entrées priced $15 and up

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226, www.genkaichico.net $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862 $$

Happy Garden This family-run restaurant specializes in delicious, healthy Chinese cuisine served in generous portions in a nice atmosphere. Dine-in or take-out available. 180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068 $

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. 2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304, www.hulasbbq.com $$

Izakaya Ichiban A sister restaurant to Big Tuna Sushi Bistro, serving Japanese tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine. 2000 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-8500 $$

Japanese Blossoms Offering authentic Japanese food and a sushi bar. 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022 $$

Kwando Restaurant Featuring a hibachi grill and Chinese buffet featuring a huge sushi bar, salad bar, carving bar, oysters, shrimp, dim sum, soup, fish, desserts and appetizers. 740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788 $$

The Lantern Brand new Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of college town. 640 W. Fifth St., 343-1771 $

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Downtown’s fab sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, happy hour, affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. 346 Broadway, 897-0626, www.rawbarchico.com $$

Rice Bowl A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 899-9098 $$

Rice Wok Asian food served in generous portions quickly. Dine in or take-out. Online ordering available. Closed Sunday. 1354 East Ave., 892-8369, www.ricewokchico.com $$

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine Authentic and delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. 305 Nord Ave., 342-8842 $$

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone Home of the sushi burrito. Also serving traditional sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drive-through available. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

Teriyaki House

A family-owned and -operated Thai restaurant offering an elevated but casual dining experience. Lunch specials and take-out available. 1196 E. Lassen Ave., 636-4620 $

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Now with three locations in Chico. 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, www.teriyaki housechico.com $

Noodle House

Thai Basil

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine including soups, bowls and wraps. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-2022, www.noodle housechico.com $

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Sit around the hibachi and watch the chefs grill steaks, seafood and vegetarian fare. There’s a sushi bar, too. 2477 Forest Ave., 899-1199 $$$

Panda Express Serving up traditional Chinese favorites and other creations—fast. Drive-through available. 2443 Cohasset Road, 345-7389 $

Peking Chinese Restaurant San Francisco chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Closed Sunday. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888 $$

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine Tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, www.peterchu-chico.com $$

All dishes made with fresh vegetables and choice of meat (or vegetarian) and spice level. Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

Tong Fong Low Offering authentic Chinese cuisine that locals can’t stop raving about. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, www.tongfonglow.com $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant Chinese food for dining in or take-out. Order online for delivery! 951 Nord Ave., 893-8888, www.tonyschinese.com $

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 $

Wok ‘n’ Roll Serving popular Chinese entrees and the only Hawaiian barbecue in town. Fast and delicious combos to keep your wallet and belly full. Sushi rolls starting at less than $5. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868, $

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DINING Cocodine Thai Cuisine

Boba TeaLicious

House of Bamboo

Pho C & C

Serving refreshing tapioca-pearl tea drinks in a variety of flavors, as well as smoothies, slushies and fusion teas. Seating available for enjoying ramen and other snacks. 225 Main St. Ste. M (inside the Garden Walk Mall), 966-2077 $

Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 163 E. Second St., 893-8811, www.chicohb.com $$

A variety of Vietnamese cuisine, including soups, rolls, noodles and traditional grilled or barbecued meats. 3211 Cohasset Road, 892-1415 $$

Broadway Market & Deli

Just a taste

Serving Chinese food with lunch, dinner and vegetarian specials available, along with an assortment of “bubble teas.” Eat in or take out. 128 Broadway, 899-8368, www.broadwaymarketanddeli.com $

Chada Thai Cuisine Serving authentic Thai dishes, including a vegetarian menu. Lunch, Monday-Thursday; dinner, Monday-Saturday. 117 W. Second St., 342-7121 $$

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

Cocodine Thai Cuisine Specializing in flavorful and healthy authentic central and northeastern (Issan) Thai cuisine. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800 $$

Egg Roll King Chinese-style fast food; drive-through window and indoor seating available. 659 Palmetto Ave., 893-1838 $

Enjoy Teriyaki Delicious Korean specialties, including bibimbab and cellophane noodles. Also serving potstickers, tempura and teriyaki combos for dining in or taking out. Beer and sake served, open late on weekends. 450 Broadway, 899-9344 $

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espite its relatively small size, Chico offers a surprisingly large number of options for the hungry restaurant-goer. From mobile food carts to the full fine-dining experience, locals and visitors can get a taste of just about anything they desire here. Options range from names you know to locally owned and run restaurants serving an eclectic mix of international, American and fusion cuisines. Considering the rich agricultural area surrounding Chico, many local eateries choose to source their fruits and veggies—and meats, cheeses and other edibles—as close to home as possible. Whatever you’re craving, Chico’s got you covered.

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine

Asian

Vietnamese food, including a variety of pho, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

Aonami Sustainable Sushi Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. As the name implies, the fish is sustainable (nothing on the “red” list!). Lots of vegan options, too. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168 $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro A cozy restaurant featuring traditional Japanese sushi, plus a variety of appetizers. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571 $$

KEY TO SYMBOLS $ $$ $$$

Entrées less than $10 Entrées priced $10-$15 Entrées priced $15 and up

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226, www.genkaichico.net $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862 $$

Happy Garden This family-run restaurant specializes in delicious, healthy Chinese cuisine served in generous portions in a nice atmosphere. Dine-in or take-out available. 180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068 $

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. 2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304, www.hulasbbq.com $$

Izakaya Ichiban A sister restaurant to Big Tuna Sushi Bistro, serving Japanese tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine. 2000 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-8500 $$

Japanese Blossoms Offering authentic Japanese food and a sushi bar. 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022 $$

Kwando Restaurant Featuring a hibachi grill and Chinese buffet featuring a huge sushi bar, salad bar, carving bar, oysters, shrimp, dim sum, soup, fish, desserts and appetizers. 740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788 $$

The Lantern Brand new Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of college town. 640 W. Fifth St., 343-1771 $

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Downtown’s fab sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, happy hour, affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. 346 Broadway, 897-0626, www.rawbarchico.com $$

Rice Bowl A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 899-9098 $$

Rice Wok Asian food served in generous portions quickly. Dine in or take-out. Online ordering available. Closed Sunday. 1354 East Ave., 892-8369, www.ricewokchico.com $$

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine Authentic and delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. 305 Nord Ave., 342-8842 $$

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone Home of the sushi burrito. Also serving traditional sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drive-through available. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

Teriyaki House

A family-owned and -operated Thai restaurant offering an elevated but casual dining experience. Lunch specials and take-out available. 1196 E. Lassen Ave., 636-4620 $

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Now with three locations in Chico. 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, www.teriyaki housechico.com $

Noodle House

Thai Basil

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine including soups, bowls and wraps. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-2022, www.noodle housechico.com $

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Sit around the hibachi and watch the chefs grill steaks, seafood and vegetarian fare. There’s a sushi bar, too. 2477 Forest Ave., 899-1199 $$$

Panda Express Serving up traditional Chinese favorites and other creations—fast. Drive-through available. 2443 Cohasset Road, 345-7389 $

Peking Chinese Restaurant San Francisco chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Closed Sunday. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888 $$

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine Tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, www.peterchu-chico.com $$

All dishes made with fresh vegetables and choice of meat (or vegetarian) and spice level. Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

Tong Fong Low Offering authentic Chinese cuisine that locals can’t stop raving about. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, www.tongfonglow.com $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant Chinese food for dining in or take-out. Order online for delivery! 951 Nord Ave., 893-8888, www.tonyschinese.com $

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 $

Wok ‘n’ Roll Serving popular Chinese entrees and the only Hawaiian barbecue in town. Fast and delicious combos to keep your wallet and belly full. Sushi rolls starting at less than $5. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868, $

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Breakfast Nooks Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint Serving breakfast every day—with an assortment of Benedicts, omelets, scrambles, and excellent huevos rancheros—and a weekday lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. 1387 E. Eighth St., 894-2800, www.chicobeatniks.com $

Breakfast Buzz Breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast and more in a college atmosphere. 208 Cedar St., 343-3444, www.breakfastbuzzchico.com $

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works Offering 25 types of New York-style bagels and 11 flavors of cream cheese, as well as deli sandwiches, smoothies and espresso. 117 W. Second St., 345-3443, www.brooklyn bridgebagel.com $

Café Coda Serving breakfast including scrambles, omelets, burritos and more; lunch served weekdays. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476, www.cafecoda.com $$

Country Waffles Specializing in waffles. Breakfast and lunch daily. 690 Rio Lindo Ave., 345-1149; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-9905 $$

Burgers & Brew

Italian Cottage Serving delicious omelets since 1970. Also: eggs Benedict, cottage potatoes, freshcooked spinach, French toast, homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes and hash browns. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, www.theitaliancottage.com $$

Mom’s Breakfast offerings include crepes, pancakes, omelets and scrambles. Lunch features burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as homemade tomato-basil soup. Now open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday. 209 Salem St., 893-3447, www.moms chico.com $

Morning Thunder Café Chico’s popular breakfast (and lunch) café at the foot of Bidwell Park. 352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717 $$

Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House Unique omelet selections made with fresh and local ingredients, as well as traditional breakfast fare. 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, www.nashsrestaurantchico.com $$

The Roost Café Specialties include eggs Benedict, corned

beef hash and roost burgers. Full espresso bar. Real food, real butter and real good home cooking. Where the locals go! Open daily 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Serving breakfast all day and lunch at 11 a.m. 1144 Park Ave., 892-1281 $$

Sin of Cortez Enjoy specialty coffees or teas at one of Chico’s favorite breakfast and lunch places. 2290 Esplanade, 879-9200, www.sinofcortez.com $$

draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670, www.bansheechico.com $$

Beach Hut Deli A variety of specialty sandwiches served up in a casual, beach-themed atmosphere. 146 W. Second St., 893-0633, www.beachhut deli.com. $

Big Al’s Drive In Milkshakes are a triple-thick treat at this longtime Chico favorite. 1844 Esplanade, 342-2722 $

Burgers, Delis & Dogs

Big Chico Burger

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

A “Best of Chico” living legend with a “Build Your Own Burger” bar. 3211 Cohasset Road, 342-4555; 2451 Forest Ave., 891-1430, www.burgerhut.com $

Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled steaks and Oriental chicken salad. 2030 Business Lane, 343-6888, www.apple bees.com $$

The Banshee Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an extensive menu of

A casual restaurant serving fresh chuck patties, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. 1550 East Ave., 891-6100, bigchicoburger.info $

Burger Hut

Burgers & Brew Grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews in a modern downtown setting. 201 Broadway, 879-9100, www.burgers brew.com $$

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The Cafe Restaurant

Let us Make You

You’ll find quality service and the freshest ingredients, including USDA Choice beef. Great burgers and a build-your-own-omelet bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, www.goldcountry casino.com $$

HAPPY with the Best Chinese Food!

The Cheesesteak Shop Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches made with rib-eye steak. Chicken options, too. 995 Nord Ave., 345-2565, www.cheesesteak shop.com $

Chico Locker & Sausage Co.

2002-2010

Check out this full deli with a variety of sandwiches and salads, and pick up some traditional handmade sausage and specialty meats. 196 E. 14th St., 343-7370, www.chico lockersausage.com $

HAPPY GArden Chinese restaurant

Open Daily • Food to Go

180 Cohasset Road • (Near the Esplanade) 893-2574 or 893-5068 • HappyGardenChico.com

Chili’s Grill & Bar Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. 1908 E. 20th St., 345-1687, www.chilis.com $$

The Dog House Serving charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and sausages, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Indoor seating at East Avenue location. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3641; 1354 East Ave., 894-2242, www.chicodog house.com $

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Kathy’s Deli Delicious Philly cheesesteak and hot pastrami sandwiches, along with a mixture of American, Asian and Mediterranean dishes all with Southeast Asian flair. Serving pho, hand-rolled noodles and egg rolls daily. 671 Walnut St., 343-5925 $

Kinder’s Custom Meats & Deli Try the marinated ball-tip steak sandwich, a Kinder’s specialty. Catering available. 221 Normal Ave., 342-3354, www.kinders bbq.com $$

Kona’s Hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies. Also offering 3- to 6-foot party subs for any occasion. 138 Main St., 893-4344; 965 Nord Ave., 894-1635 $

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Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

Choose from more than 24 premium deli sandwiches, like the Reuben or meatball, or from their selection of fresh salads. Catering available. 215 W. First St., 892-1329, www.marcellisandwiches.com $

A small California chain specializing in barbecue beef, pork, chicken and turkey. 131 Broadway, 891-6677, www.smokinmos bbq.com $$

Nobby’s Their motto is, “Nobody does burgers better than Nobby’s.” Enough said. Wait—ask them about their famous “cheese skirt.” Closed Sunday and Monday. 1444 Park Ave., 342-2285 $

Port of Subs Sliced fresh sandwiches! 2036 Forest Ave. (inside the Shell station), 895-1780 $

S & S Barbeque & Deli Barbecue lunch and dinner items to go or eat there at the picnic tables. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930, www.ssproduce.net $$

Scotty’s Landing Try a River Burger, fresh fish and chips or a homemade soup and salad on Scotty’s deck overlooking the Sacramento River. 12609 River Road, 710-2020 $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen A longtime Chico fave, Spiteri’s serves all your favorite sandwiches, along with daily specialty salads and beer and wine. Closed Sunday. 971 East Ave., 891-4797, www.spiterisdeli.com $$

SubStation Deli Enjoy the best sub in Chico made with fresh-baked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. 2404 Park Ave., 343-9178, www.substationchico.com $

Subway “Eat fresh!” 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9777; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 893-4782; 1947 E. 20th St., 343-5803; 1398 East Ave., 894-8757; 240 W. East Ave., 894-6779; 722 Mangrove Ave., 891-1400; 2044 Forest Ave. (inside Walmart), 879-1725, www.subway.com $

That’s a Wrap A casual sandwich shop serving up amazing traditional and creative hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads made with quality meats, cheeses and fresh produce. Catering, too. Open daily. 2471 Cohasset Road Ste. 120, 891-9500 $

Togo’s

Bidwell Perk

Sandwiches, soups and salads. Catering, too. 241 W. East Ave., 891-1131; 2009 Forest Ave., 345-7331, www.togos.com $

Wingstop Wingstop has taken chicken wings to a whole new level by saucing and tossing them in a choice of 10 mouthwatering flavors. Not fast food—these wings are made with care and served up piping hot. 734 Mangrove Ave., 332-9464 $

Zot’s Hot Dogs Steamed hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salad bar and house-made soups. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 345-2820 $

Cafes & Bistros 100th Monkey Community Café Serving espresso, breakfast burritos, sub sandwiches, salads and sweets. Also features a juice bar. Unique pay-as-you-can model. 642 W. Fifth St., 343-0704 $

B Street Public House This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www.bstreetpub.com $$

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B Street Public House

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café Espresso and coffee, breakfast and lunch wraps and sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and pastries. Garden patio, on-site bakery and catering. 800 Bruce Road, 892-2244 $$

Bidwell Perk Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. 664 E. First Ave., 899-1500, www.bidwellperk.com $

Cabana Café Inside In Motion Fitness, Cabana Café offers delicious paninis, wraps and grilled dishes, as well as a large salad bar and frozen-yogurt bar. 1293 E. First Ave., 893-2233 $

Cal Java Coffee Roasters Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. Multiple locations, www.caljava coffee.com $

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Chico Coffee Co. Chico’s newest coffee shop, conveniently located near the DMV. Serving breakfast and lunch. 107 Parmac Road, 592-3193 $

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The Coffee Corner Coffee, tea and pastries. 206 Walnut St., Ste. A, 809-2157 $

Coffee Ranch Featuring Pablo’s Coffee, finely crafted espresso drinks, tea, fresh baked goods and protein smoothies. Outside patio seating. Open daily. 1288 E. First Ave., Ste. 100, 809-9338, www.coffeeranchchico.com $

Dutch Bros. Coffee A drive-through featuring mochas, lattes, smoothies, the “Dutch Freeze” and various baked treats. Multiple locations, www.dutch bros.com $

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Empire Coffee Visit a restored 1940s passenger train car for handcrafted, organic specialty coffee and tea. 434 Orange St., 899-8267, www.empire coffeechico.com $

Fresh Twisted Café Also known as Hernandez Farms, Fresh Twisted Café offers the same fresh juices and nondairy smoothies locals have come to love. Also serving up sandwiches and organic beef burgers. 156 Eaton Road, 809-2489 $

Great State Coffee Co. Great State Coffee Co. sources the world’s finest coffees and roasts them to perfection in small batches. Café open weekdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 3881 Benatar Way Ste. C, 566-4008 $

Has Beans Creekside

and lunch daily. 365 E. Sixth St., 966-0054, www.facebook.com/midtownlocal $

Mondo’s Café Gourmet espresso and coffee, fresh pastries and bagels. 995 Nord Ave., 895-0878 $$

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse Searving mouthwatering mochas, cappuccinos and fresh-brewed coffees along with premium loose-leaf teas and gluten-free treats. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

The Oven Marketplace & Café A new bakery on the south side of town, the Oven serves up fresh baked goods in the mornings and custom-made sandwiches for lunch. Also a variety of coffee drinks. The Oven is also home to Chico Baking Co., which serves vegan and gluten-free items. 2560 Dominic Drive, 809-1021 $

Cozy Internet café, coffee roastery and bakery serving specialty coffees and teas. Large patio with outdoor seating. Delivery available. 1080 Humboldt Ave., 345-6379 $

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria

Starbucks

Offering fresh-roasted coffees, a large variety of teas, fresh-baked pastries, candy and more. Also offering Internet access and an art gallery. Delivery available. 501 Main St., 894-3033 $

It’s a Grind Coffee House An Internet café with espresso, coffee, iced drinks, teas and more. 6 W. Eaton Road, 332-9250, www.facebook.com/itsagrindchico $

Java Detour A drive-through offering espresso, coffee drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas. 1055 Mangrove Ave., 893-2828; 2519 Esplanade, 566-9556 $

Midtown Local

Coffee, tea, pastries and candy. 145 Main St., 894-6716, www.peets.com $ Serving coffee, espresso and pastries at a corner near you. Multiple locations, www.starbucks.com $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café Long known for its hand-crafted breads, Tin Roof has expanded into a café serving upscale pastries, artisan sandwiches, healthful salads and fine coffees at its SOPO (south of the post office) location. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as lunch entrees, house-made soups, espresso and teas. Urban patio seating available. 130 Main St., 895-3866, www.uppercrustchico.com $

Celebrating Chico culture with coffee, beer, wine and casual fare. Serving breakfast

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

Eclectic Eats Bacio Catering & Carry Out A popular south Chico eatery that turns out an array of healthful, seasonal, local and delicious food. Take home or eat on the premises. 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787, www.baciocatering.com $

Broadway Heights California Cuisine Enjoy house-baked focaccia sandwiches, homemade soups, specialty salads, appetizers, gourmet pizzas, dinner entrées and ecclectic beers from around the world, all with a bird’s-eye-view of downtown Chico. 300 Broadway, 899-8075, www.broadway heightschico.com $$

Gogi’s Café Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts and specialty drinks served in a café setting near Chico State. 230 Salem St., 891-3570, www.gogiscafe.webs.com $

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House

Great Harvest Bread Co. Serving fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as sandwiches, panini, salads and soup. Closed Sunday. Multiple locations, www.greatharvestchico.com $$

The Kitchen Table Offering dinner options focusing on local, seasonal produce and sustainable meats and seafood. 1250 East Ave., 592-3480 $$

Outback Steakhouse Serving fresh steaks, seafood and chicken in an Australian-themed setting. 1990 E. 20th St., 899-8112, www.outback.com $$

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House Serving clam chowder and a wide variety

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The Pita Pit From falafel to Philly cheesesteak, they roll pitas with your choice of meats, fresh veggies, cheeses and sauces. 240 Broadway, 899-2847, www.pitapitusa.com $

Pluto’s Part of a small, San Francisco-based chain, this popular downtown dining spot features fresh, build-your-own salads and sandwiches, as well as yummy sides and desserts. 201 Main St., 343-0165, www.plutosfreshfood.com $

The Pour House

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Best Asian Cuisine Best Take-Out Best Restaurant in Oroville

Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, www.chicopourhouse.com $$

Priya Indian Cuisine Specializing in northern and southern Indian cuisine, served in a comfortable setting. Try the lunch buffet. 2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 $$

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Red Lobster Fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a family environment. 2010 Business Lane, 893-5595, www.redlobster.com $$$

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Specializing in globally influenced entrées and fresh, handmade gluten-free and vegan selections for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturdays. 3221 Esplanade, 891-4500, www.rootscatering.com $$ Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available. 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866, www.siphosjamaica.com $$

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Offering gyros/pita wraps, shish kebab, falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, Greek salads and appetizers, burgers and home fries, along with a large vegetarian selection. 300 Broadway, 345-7455 $$

Only the freshest, locally grown, seasonal, organic produce and meats. Full bar, including an extensive wine list, craft beer and creative, signature cocktails. Relaxing outdoor patio, with a bocce court, all-night happy hour on Tuesdays and live music AprilOctober. 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463, www.red tavern.com $$$

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Sultan’s Bistro

A selection of more than 40 teas and fusion favorites including rice and salad bowls, wraps and sides. 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100; and 555 Flying V St. Ste. 1, 809-1545, www.tbarchico.com $

A Chico favorite offering a variety of antipasti, seafood, pastas, chicken, veal and beef, decadent desserts and an extensive wine list. 1020 Main St., 345-2233, www.siciliancafe.com $$$

Wild Oak Cafe

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

Offering fresh and local food. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, raw juice bar, coffee and much more. Menu features gluten-free, vegan and paleo options. 196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150 (in the Garden Villa complex), 343-4876, www.facebook.com/ wildoakcafe $$

Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, www.sierra nevada.com $$$

Spice Creek Café An exotic food mecca offering fresh seafood, steak, breads, fresh desserts and an extensive wine list. 230 W. Third St., 891-9951, www.spicecreekcafe.com $$$

Fine Dining

The Steak House

5th Street Steakhouse A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, house-made desserts and an extensive wine list. Reservations not accepted Friday or Saturday. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com $$$

Basque Norte

Fine dining in a sleek, elegant atmosphere. You can expect the most tender cuts of steaks cooked to perfection, luscious lobster and gigantic prawns. Full bar and fine wines. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, www.gold countrycasino.com $$$

Family-owned since 1975, Basque Norte offers steak, lamb, chicken, quail, barbecued ribs and seafood served family-style in a rustic Basque atmosphere. 3355 Esplanade, 891-5204, www.basquenorte.com $$$

Homestyle

Christian Michaels Ristorante

Inside Casino 99, Angie’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day. 175 E. 20th St., 592-2282 $

Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu, with a full bar and extensive wine list. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 192 E. Third St., 894-4005, www.chico christianmichaels.com $$$

Leon Bistro Freshly prepared California bistro cuisine made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Menu items include steaks, fish, poultry and vegetarian options. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 817 Main St., 899-1105, www.leonbistro.com $$$

Nash’s Restaurant Fresh, creative, California cuisine with casual and fine-dining options. Breakfast weekdays, brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, www.nashs restaurantchico.com $$

Red Tavern Offering delicious and innovative dishes based on influences from all over the world.

Angie’s Bar and Grill

The Bountiful Buffet Serving a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and home-style cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, prime rib, seafood, soups and salad bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, www.goldcountrycasino.com $

CJ’s Last Chance Diner Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud-satisfying deliciousness. 13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901 $

Country Morning Bakery & Café Cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring delicious house-baked breads, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Closed Sunday and Monday. 2625 Aztec Drive, 899-0527 $

Cozy Diner Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy Diner favorites: crepes, Cobb

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Denny’s Straightforward meals served in a family atmosphere. 675 Manzanita Court, 345-1146, www.dennys.com $

Hometown Buffet An all-you-can-eat buffet serving an array of food choices, such as steak, seafood, veggie dishes and a salad bar. 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 899-1507, www.hometownbuffet.com $$

International House of Pancakes Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches and burgers. 2040 Business Lane, 893-4988, www.ihop.com $

Jack’s Family Restaurant Diner-style food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. 540 Main St., 343-8383 $

Kalico Kitchen Try Kalico’s breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos in the morning, club sandwiches and crispy chicken salad for lunch, and chicken-fried steak and house-made meatloaf for dinner. 2396 Esplanade, 343-3968, www.kalicokitchenchico.com $$

Logan’s Roadhouse From the rustic atmosphere, country music and all the sports you can watch on the many flat-screen TVs, Logan’s is the place to be. 1900 E. 20th St., 891-1098, www.logansroadhouse.com $$

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen shows off its New Orleans heritage with authentic spicy chicken, chicken tenders, seafood and signature sides like red beans and rice. 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $

Russell’s Family Restaurant Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine. 185 Cohasset Road, 343-5543 $$

Italian California Pasta Productions Serving Italian lunches and dinners, such as pasta, seafood, chicken, soups and salads. 118 W. East Ave., 343-6999, www.calpasta chico.com $$

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, www.chico crush.com $$$


Burrito Bandito Serving steak, pork and chicken burritos, quesadillas and tacos. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-2584, www.juanmeanburrito.com $

Casa Ramos Specializing in borrego (lamb shank) and fresh fajitas: steak, chicken and shrimp. 216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; 2490 Fair St., 893-5050, www.casaramos.net $$

Chipotle Mexican Grill Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. 620 Mangrove Ave., 343-8707; 1950 E. 20th St., 343-0706, www.chipotle.com $

El Patron Taqueria Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. 1354 East Ave., 343-9779 $

El Rey Mexican Grill Featuring traditional Mexican food. Specialties are the flavorful molcajete, Sonoran hot dog and breakfast burritos served all day. 465 E. 20th St. Ste. 60, 342-4121 $

Gordo Burrito Giant tacos, burritos and other authentic Mexican food served up quickly. Closed Sundays. 1295 E. Eighth St., 809-1211 $

Franky’s

Forcella Italian Bistro Chico’s newest eatery, Forcella offers scratch-made pastas and Italian entrees. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 809-1530, www.forcellabistro.com $$

Franky’s Locally owned for more than 20 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, www.frankyschico.com $$

Italian Cottage Restaurant Family-owned and -operated since 1965, serving local favorites: sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and breakfast. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, www.theitaliancottage.com $$

Olive Garden Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. 2020 Business Lane, 898-8075, www.olivegarden.com $$

Panighetti’s Eatery Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. Recently relocated down The Esplanade, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. 1851 Esplanade, 809-1640, www.panighettis.com $$

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Serving the same gourmet pizza, pastas and salads made popular by Original Pete’s in

Sacramento. 2495 Carmichael Drive, 891-0611, www.originalpetes.net $$

Mexican Aca Taco Authentic Acapulco-style food, including tacos, burritos and house-made enchiladas. 133 Broadway, 894-0191; 1000-D W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909, www.acataco.com $

Amigos De Acapulco Mexican favorites include their special enchiladas and chile rellenos. 820 Oroville Ave., 898-8488 $

Aztlan Mexican Food Known for its authentic tortas and other delicious Mexican dishes. 1645 Park Ave., 487-7062 $

Bulldog Taqueria Bulldog Taqueria now has a second restaurant in Chico, with both featuring an array of authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican dishes, such as burritos, tacos, birria and chili verde. A great salsa bar, aguas frescas and large flatscreen TVs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, open late on weekends. 995 Nord Ave., 592-3605; 119 W. Second St., 895-8226, www.bulldogtaqueria.com $

La Cocina Economica A local favorite offering affordable and authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner, conveniently located in downtown Chico. 905 Wall St., 809-0370 $

La Comida Mexican-style food served fast in a friendly atmosphere. 954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254, www.lacomidarestaurants.com $

La Familia Restaurant Serving a variety of Mexican food, such as fajitas, carnitas and burritos. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 898-9029, www.lafamilia chico.com $

La Hacienda Traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. 2635 Esplanade, 893-8270, www.lahacienda-chico.com $$

Mariscos la Costa Mexican Seafood Grill Seafood, Mexican-style, from shrimp and lobster to halibut and octopus. 1141 Forest Ave., 342-3627 $$

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina Specializing in fresh, delicious Mexican food, prepared from scratch and served in a cozy atmosphere. 2365 Esplanade, 895-9607, www.ricardoschico.com $$

Serrano’s Mexican Grill Customize-’em-yourself, authentic-style burritos made with fresh ingredients. Located

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A Mexican restaurant with a patio, full bar and banquet room. 2601 Esplanade, 345-6053 $

Sol Mexican Grill Tacos, burritos, tostada salads, chili rellenos, tortas, enchiladas, chimichangas and churros, as well as beer, wine and margaritas. 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, www.solmexicangrill.com $

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. 1031 Nord Ave., 896-0141, www.chicospeedy burrito.com $

Tacos Cortés Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. Walk-up window and outdoor seating available. 1530 Park Ave., 342-3797 $

Tacos Mary Home of the famous taquito burrito. 429 Ivy St., 892-8176 $

Tacos Tijuana Serving tacos, combination plates and breakfast burritos along with birria, posole and menudo on weekends. Try their delicious homemade flan for dessert. 1441 Park Ave., 343-6762 $

Tacos Tonaya Offering tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, sopes and more. 244 Walnut St., 893-8972 $

Tacos Villa Acapulco An authentic taste of Mexico, serving traditional tacos, burritos and special combos. 1141 Forest Ave., 892-2858 $

Taqueria Los Amigos Delicious family-style Mexican food on the way to Hamilton City. Closed Sundays. 3524 Highway 32, 342-9113 $

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425 $$

Pizza Bidwell Park Pizza With pizzas named after local landmarks, how can you go wrong? Also serving up salads, pasta, sandwiches and calzones. 800 Bruce Road Ste. 100, 894-0400, www.bidwellparkpizza.com $

Celestino’s New York Pizza Award-winning New York-style pizza available by the slice or as a full pie, along with fresh salads, hot sandwiches, lasagna, calzones and more. 101 Salem St., 896-1234, www.celestinospizza.com $$

Celestino’s New York Pizza & Pasta Serving up the same delicious pies along with pastas on the north end of town. 1354 East Ave., 345-7700, www.celestinos pizza.com $$

Domino’s Pizza Hot, made-to-order pizzas, salads, breadsticks and Buffalo wings. Delivery and takeout available. 324 Walnut St., 891-5888, www.dominos.com $

Farm Star Pizza Artisan pizzas where the farmer is the star. Featuring local, organic, seasonal toppings; fresh, organic salads; and beer and wine served in a casual, fun, family-friendly

Mariscos la Costa Mexican Seafood Grill

atmosphere. 2359 Esplanade, 3432056, www.farmstarpizza.com $$

Grana Artisan wood-fired pizzas and other scrumptious fare with a local focus—along with beer and wine— at this modern downtown hot spot. 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, www.granachico.com $$

JT’s Oven Preparing pizza and subs available for pick-up and delivery. 1380 East Ave., 892-1122, www.jtsoven.com $

Little Caesars Pizza Pizza, breadsticks and more available for take-out. 598 E. Eighth St., 894-8300; 118 W. East Ave., 894-5707, www.littlecaesars.com $

Mad Dash Pizza Yummy drive-through eats featuring personal pizzas, wings with specialty sauces, and fresh-squeezed OJ shake. Small outdoor dining area. 2391 Cohasset Road, 899-1010, www.maddashpizza.com $

Main Street Pizza This late-night downtown hotspot has reopened and is now looking better than ever. The same great, affordable slices perfect for after—or during—a night on the town. 331 Main St., 345-6246. $

Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria Serving signature Italian sandwiches, “Cracker Crust” pizza, and build-your-own calzones. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-1510, www.mammacelestespizzeria.com $

Monstros Pizza & Subs Offering pizza and sub sandwiches. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672, www.monstrospizza.com $

Mountain Mike’s Pizza An extensive menu of specialty pizzas, along with a salad bar and sandwiches. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-1923; 1105 W. Fifth St., 899-9115, www.mountainmikes.com $$

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza Take-and-bake pizza and breadsticks. 1305 Mangrove Ave., 345-6403; 14 W. Eaton Road, 343-3993; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 898-1560, www.papamurphys.com $$

Pizza Guys Pizzas, pasta, salads, wings and more for take-out or delivery. 2471 Cohasset Road, 894-8888, www.pizzaguys.com $$

Pop’s Pizza Recently upgraded from a popular mobile kitchen to a brick-and-mortar pizza parlor. Top-quality ingredients, dough made from

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complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337 $

Oasis Bar & Grill

Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with six pool tables, ping-pong, shuffleboard, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305

Street Food The Black Kettle

scratch and it’s all cooked to order. www.pops pizzachico.com $

Round Table Pizza Pizza selections and salads in a casual atmosphere. Multiple locations, www.round tablepizza.com $$

Woodstock’s Pizza

The Black Kettle Serving up a menu that changes daily and features fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. 354-1013, www.facebook.com/black kettlechico $

Burritos El Caporal Features traditional Mexican fare, including burritos, tacos and tamales. We hear their carne asada burrito supreme is to-die-for. 3005 Esplanade, www.facebook.com/ burritos.elcaporal1$

Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, take-out and delivery. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500, www.wood stockschico.com $$

Caribbean Cafe

Pub grub

Chicobi’s

The Banshee

Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an impressive menu of draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670, www.bansheechico.com $

Mobile food cart serving eastern Caribbean food. Catering available. (415) 272-2166, www.facebook.com/ caribbeancafechico $ Fusion cuisine catering and concession truck featuring items like Jamaican jerk chicken tacos and Reuben flatbread pizzas. 828-3161, www.chicobis.com $

Chico Chuckwagon

Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high-definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 893-5253, www.bellassportspubchico.com $

Offering delicious grilled sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteak, hot pastrami, turkey club, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese, as well as french fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. 592-0550, www.facebook.com/ ChicoChuckwagon $

Crazy Jane’s

Coco Gluten-Free Baking Co.

Bella’s Sports Pub

Pizza, burgers, sandwiches and more, all from the same folks who brought us Panighetti’s. 648 W. Fifth St., 809-4135 $

The DownLo

A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music and comedy shows. 319 Main St., 892-2473 $

The End Zone

A sports bar serving up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330, $

The Graduate

Try a Grad Burger, salad, steak, or one of the 50 beers on tap at this rollicking local favorite. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790, www.thegraduatechico.com $$

The Handle Bar

Offering a German-inspired pub menu to

Serving gluten-free cakes, pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls and seasonal items. www.facebook.com/Cocoglutenfreebaking $

Crazy Dog Yummy hot dogs, Polish sausages, hot links and veggie dogs, most often found at First and Ivy streets near the Chico State campus. Thanks to John “Crazy Dog” Geiger’s Street Food Chico Facebook page, everyone knows where his cart—and every other truck in town—is located daily. www.facebook.com/CrazyDogChico $

Cupcake Crusader Mobile truck complements the brick-andmortar store. 899-1100, www.cupcake crusader.com $

Fiesta Taco Delicious al pastor, carne asada and pork tacos and burritos. Corner of Nord and West Sacramento avenues $

Gordo Burrito Serving burritos, tostadas, tortas, tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas. Awesome shrimp specials and friendly service. Corners of Eighth and Pine streets and 20th Street and Park Avenue, www.facebook.com/ GordoBurrito $

Grub Station Satisfyingly healthy, Grub Station serves up delicious burgers and salads with nutrition in mind. www.facebook.com/ GrubStation $

Here Today Coffee Cart For the past 13 years, this popular coffee cart and impromptu cafe have made a home just outside the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Delicious coffee, brewed to order, along with homemade treats. $

Hungry Hound Serving hot dogs and brats to hungry students. Arcadian Avenue, near Chico State’s Holt Hall $

Ike’s Smokehouse Ike’s Smokehouse offers the flavorful barbecue taste diners have come to expect from CJ’s Last Chance Diner, on a smaller, more mobile scale. Specializing in beef, chicken and pork on a bun or in a wrap. www.ikessmokehouse.com $

Inday’s Filipino Food Inday’s offers a full lineup of Filipino specialties, from pork adobo to lumpia to halang halang, among other items. www.facebook.com/IndaysFilipinoFood $

Maria’s Gone Tamales Serving authentic, corn-husk-wrapped tamales in a variety of flavors, from pork and chicken to pineapple and strawberry. Who doesn’t want to go tamales? 566-4085 or find it on Facebook $

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese Exactly what its name implies—grilled, melty, cheesy goodness. Find it on Facebook $

Scrappy Dog This late-night favorite serves up classic hot dogs and brats to hungry patrons of the downtown bar scene. $

Tacos El Grullense Traditional Mexican fare, including tacos, burritos and tortas. Corner of East Park Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway $

Tacos El Paisa Featuring killer shrimp tacos as well as burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Walnut and Second streets $

Tacos El Pinolero Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas,

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Cinful Desserts

Krispy Kreme

tostadas and tortas. Cash only. 275 E. Park Ave.; the corner of the Esplanade and Tonea Way $

Specializing in cakes and cupcakes for all occassions. 2720 Cohasset Road, 354-0848, www.cinfuldesserts.com $

Serving donuts and coffee. 2060 Business Lane, 891-3492, www.krispykreme.com $

Tacos El Tapatio

Cold Stone Creamery

Serving tacos, huge loaded burritos, quesadillas and tortas. 1367 Longfellow Ave., 828-2449 $

Tacos Puerto Vallarta Featuring tacos, burritos, sopes, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of the Esplanade and West 11th Avenue $

Tacos Ramirez Classic taco-truck fare: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Nord and Stewart avenues $

Tacos Tonaya #2 Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Loyal customers swear by the California burrito. Corner of Walnut and East Third streets $

The Taco Truck Serving delicious, fresh Mexican fare. Often found in the All the Best Video parking lot on Cohasset Road, or on the back patio at Argus on weekends. www.facebook.com/TacoTruck $

Tamale Tango In addition to the unique tamales— shrimp and bacon, basil pesto chicken and cheese, to name a few—Tamale Tango also offers soups, taquitos and chile rellenos. Also on the menu: 100 percent organic and gluten-free tamales. www.facebook.com/ TamaleTango $

Truckaroni Offering a menu of Italian goodness. www.facebook.com/truckaroni $

Wander Offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on Wednesdays. Catering available. 680-3871, www.wander foods.com $

Weiner Man The Weiner Man offers tasty hot dogs and bratwursts with a friendly smile to the latenight crowd downtown. Find him on Facebook $

Sweets

Premium ice cream, sorbet and cakes made fresh daily with your choice of fruit, candy, nuts or syrup “mix-ins.” Shakes, smoothies and banana splits, too. 146 Broadway, 891-3331, www.coldstone creamery.com $

Offering ice cream, smoothies, shakes and cakes. Multiple locations, www.baskin robbins.com $ Serving frozen yogurt and ice cream. 2760 Esplanade, 636-4525 $

Lovely Layers Cakery

Featuring gourmet cookies and gift items. Closed weekends. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 899-3385, www.thecookieshoppe.com $

Cupcake Crusader

Mim’s Bakery

The Cookie Shoppe

Delicious cupcakes—in unique flavors as well as childhood favorites—made fresh daily and to order. Also serving coffee and tea. 752 East Ave., 899-1100, www.thecupcake crusader.com $

Denine’s Cupcakes Specializing in “flavorful, pure cupcakes.” 116 Broadway, 809-4086. $

Donut Nook Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Closed from 1-8:30 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday. 958 East Ave., 342-2118 $

Donut Wheel Serving delicious donuts, pastries and ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade fresh daily. Delivery available for orders of 10 dozen or more. 2404 Esplanade, 345-4528 $

Early Bird Donuts A family-run business in Oroville for 18 years, Early Bird Donuts (previously Jim & Jan’s Donuts) recently expanded to Chico, bringing its time-tested and taste-bud approved doughnuts with it. 1008 Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 533-7065 $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato Frozen yogurt and gelato. 1380 East Ave., 345-7626 $

Helen’s Donut Nook Serving fresh donuts and coffee daily until 2 p.m. 807 Main St., 343-4031 $

Jamba Juice Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus nutritious breads and wheat grass. Multiple locations, www.jamba juice.com $ Delicious frozen yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, frozen coffee drinks and Hawaiian snow. 300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484 $

Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt

Brain Freeze Yogurt

A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. 1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, 893-9999 $ Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies available daily. Made-to-order specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 131 Meyers St. Ste. 120, 828-9931, www.lovelylayerscakery.com $

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

Baskin-Robbins

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería

A frozen-yogurt shop in the heart of college land. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-2828 $

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Carefully crafted baked goodies—such as cakes and petit fours—made from scratch for a quick treat, or in bulk for special occasions. 890 Humboldt Ave., 345-3331, www.mimsbakery.com $

Orange Julius Julius drinks, fruits, smoothies, pita sandwiches, hot dogs and nachos. 1950 E. 20th St. (inside Chico Mall), 894-8304, www.orangejulius.com $

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe An old-fashioned candy store with more than 5,000 treats, including gelatos and sorbettos. 121 W. Third St., 332-9866, www.powellsss.com $

See’s Candies The place in Chico to get all your classic See’s goodies. Yum! 1947 E. 20th St., 891-3384 $

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy This local favorite has produced ice cream and confections for 75 years and running. Enjoy banana splits or root beer floats on the benches and at the tables out front. Open till 10 p.m. daily! 178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163, www.shuberts.com $

Sweet Cottage A longtime Saturday farmers’ market staple, Sweet Cottage finally has a storefront, meaning locals can now find the “Pie Lady’s” pies, quiches, artisan jams, lemonades, organic loose teas and ice cream sandwiches daily. 220 Broadway, 513-2044 $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café If you’re in the mood for a flaky pastry or decadent tart, look no further than Tin Roof. Also serving up French macarons, cookies and cakes, in addition to a full espresso bar. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as cookies and cupcakes. 130 Main St., 895-3866, www.upper crustchico.com $ ●


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www.furniturechico.com Find’s Design & Decor at 1341 Mangrove offers unique furnishings & accessories for your home. Our goal is to bring you a wide variety of styles so you’ll be able to find that perfect piece you’ve been looking for. Find’s at 1215 Mangrove offers quality furnishings & mattresses to bring comfort & beauty to your home. Experience our 100% Organic & Natural mattresses along with our expanded selection of seating products, bedroom furniture, eclectic accent pieces & accessories.

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Funland With a roller skating rink, miniature golf and batting cages (what more could a kid want?), Funland/ Cal Skate Chico is great family fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop by the arcade for video and ticket games. 2465 Carmichael Drive, 3431601, www.putterschico.com

Gateway Science Museum The Gateway Science Museum offers a range of ongoing and special exhibits focused on our region’s natural heritage, from local flora to Ice Age skeletons. Spring hours: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Check website for summer hours. Admission $3 kids 3-17, $6 adults, free for museum members and kids 2 and younger. 625 Esplanade (next door to Bidwell Mansion), 898-4121, www.csuchico.edu/ gateway

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The National Yo-Yo Museum is the largest public display of yo-yos and yo-yo memorabilia in the United States. It’s home to the largest wooden yo-yo in the world, dubbed “Big-Yo,” as well as the Chico Yo-Yo Club, which encourages visitors to stop by its meetings from noon2 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for a “walk the dog” lesson. Open 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (at the rear of Bird in Hand store), 893-0545, www.nationalyoyo.org l

Humboldt Neighborhood Park This 10,000-square-foot skateboarding and inline skating park has plenty of ways to show off your skills, including a rail, a box, steps and bowls. Open 8 a.m.-sunset daily. Located between Orient and Flume streets along Humboldt Avenue.

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hico might not have the “farm to fork” reputation that Sacramento has been cultivating in recent years, but it’s no less a destination for agricultural tourism. The fertile ground and temperate climate make it an ideal place for farming, growing and producing all sorts of delicious products—from the fruit and nut orchards that surround us, to the vineyards and breweries fermenting local beverages, there are endless opportunities for enjoying the bounty of Chico and its surrounding areas.

Wine and beer Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards grows only the highest quality, organic grapes harvested from their own vineyards. Small-case production allows for high attention to detail. Visit and enjoy a glass of wine under the shady willow tree among the grapevines, almond orchards and cattle. Open seasonally the first weekend of the month April-October, noon-5 p.m., or by appointment. 3363 Hegan Lane, 343-8014, www.BertagnaWine.com

Dog Creek Cellars Opened in 2011 by Cline Organics in Durham, Dog Creek Cellars offers a nice variety of estate-grown wines made from certified organic grapes. Tasting room is open from noon-5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month or by appointment. 9975 Garden Creek Road, Durham, 345-3714, www. dogcreekcellars.com

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Emerald “C” Vineyards Emerald “C” Vineyards’ historic farmhouse was once the hangout of Errol Flynn, who came to Chico in the 1930s to film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Grapes are grown on site and are used to make a refreshing variety of wines. Tastings available by appointment. Online sales available. 3756 Keefer Road, 894-0894, www.emeraldcvine yards.com

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this tribe-owned brewery is headed up by veteran brewmaster Roland Allen. There’s always a wide variety of regular and special-release beers on tap, including the amber Coyote Spirit and the Volcano Mudslide stout. Bar hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com/brewing-co


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RELOCATION GUIDE

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f you’re looking for a new place to call home, the City of Trees is a good place to settle on. While Chico is technically a metropolitan area, it still retains its quaint, small-town charm. Home to a university, dozens of schools and hundreds of local businesses, there are plenty of educational and employment opportunities for people of all ages. Check out our guide with all the crucial city stats to learn more. But if you really want to get to know Chico, we suggest you hop on a bike or simply stroll through town to see for yourself.

POPULATION

HOUSING

Chico’s population—86,187 at the 2010 census—is a little misleading. That’s because there are pockets of unincorporated land within the city limits. That will change within the next five years when two of those pockets—Chapmantown and the Mulberry district—are annexed into the city. Currently residents of those areas use county services, can’t vote in city elections, and are in the process of getting hooked up to the city sewer system. The population of what’s known as the Chico Metropolitan Area is more than 200,000, and that includes the communities of Durham, Paradise, Magalia and Richvale.

Compared with the Bay Area or L.A., rents in Chico are quite reasonable. Expect to pay at least $600 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment; $750-plus for a two-bedroom in reasonable shape. Typically, houses are at least $1,000 a month. According to the market analysis company Zillow.com, the median housing sale price in Chico is currently $247,500.

DEMOGRAPHICS Like most North Valley towns, Chico is predominantly white— 80.8 percent, to be exact. Recent census information also tallied

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the city’s population as 15.4 percent Hispanic, with Asians, Native Americans and African-Americans comprising the remaining percentage. The median age of Chico residents hovers around 30—no surprise for a college town—while Butte County residents’ median age is 35.8.

BEING SAFE Chico is served by the Chico Police Department, while unincorporated pockets inside city boundaries are served by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Chico PD’s nonemergency line is 897-4911. The Chico State campus is also patrolled by its own law-enforcement entity, the University Police Department. The city of Chico Fire Department, besides fighting fires, also has specialized teams that perform technical rescues and respond to drowning accidents and hazardous-materials calls.

WEATHER Moderate temperatures in spring and fall make those seasons favorites for outdoor types. If you don’t like hot summers, you’re out of luck. Chico’s summer temperatures will rise past the 100-degree mark regularly, with balmy days sprinkled throughout the season. Winters are fairly


mild and wet, with the most rainfall coming in January. The average annual rainfall is about 27 inches.

GETTING AROUND The bus-transit system serving Chico, Oroville and Butte County is the Butte Regional Transit, or the “B-Line.” Tickets cost $1.50 and $2 for in-town and regional services, respectively. Students ages 6 to 18 get a discounted fare ($1 and $1.50, respectively). Children younger than 6 years old ride free (limited to two children per family). Chico State students, faculty and staff ride for free. Check www.blinetransit.com for complete fare and route information. The B-Line runs seven days a week, except on certain holidays; some routes do not operate every day. Seniors and the mobility-impaired may catch a ride from the B-Line Paratransit (342-0221). Of course, there are numerous cab companies available to transport you where need to go. Greyhound and Amtrak leave from the train station at 450 Orange St. in Chico. The largest airport in Butte County is the Chico Municipal Airport, which is between airline servers right now, though the city has been in touch with potential commercial and passenger air services to fill the void. If you’re driving, Highway 99 is the main arterial route through Butte County, running in a north/

south direction, mainly serving Chico. Highway 70 is the main route serving Oroville, also running north/ south. Highway 149 connects the two highways and cities. And Highway 32 stretches from central Chico westward over the Sacramento River, hooking up with I-5, and also into the mountainous regions to the northeast.

LIBRARY An important aspect of any community is its public library. The Butte County Library system is composed of six excellent facilities and a bookmobile. Literacy services are also available. For more information and library hours, call 538-7198 or visit www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary. Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762.

ECONOMY Government, the university and services such as health care and retail trade continue to be the largest employers in Butte County, but dominant behind the scenes is the $450-million-a-year agriculture industry (walnuts, almonds and rice, in particular). According to recent census information, the average per-capita income was $23,611, and the median household income was $41,632. While Butte County wages are notoriously low, the cost of living here is considerably lower than in

Sacramento or the Bay Area. Butte County’s unemployment rate came in at 8.6 percent in April 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

POLITICS You may be aware of California’s reputation as perhaps the most politically volatile state in the union. Don’t expect any less from the politics that play out in Chico and the rest of Butte County. Newcomers may be surprised by the passion locals display on all sides of issues related to political elections, bond measures and land use. But the more impassioned the populace, the more likely the town is worth shouting about, and that is certainly the case with Chico. The city is led by a seven-member City Council with each serving a four-year term. Elections are staggered every two years—three seats in one cycle and four the next. Campaigners are often boisterous and bold, and candidates often raise $20,000 or more to gain a position that pays $600 a month. Council members are elected at large and thus do not represent separate geographical districts, though there have been rumblings of late to change that. The Chico City Council is a weak-mayor system, meaning the mayor—currently Mark Sorensen— RELOCATION continued on page 72

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is not elected to that office by voters but rather is appointed by the other councilmembers and possesses only figurative power. An appointed city manager—currently Mark Orme—administers the day-today functioning of city government and controls meetings by swinging a wooden gavel. Along with the City Council, Chico is governed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Most of the county offices are in Oroville. Two of the five elected supervisors— Supervisors Maureen Kirk and Larry Wahl—represent Chico because of its relatively large population. Like City Council meetings, the supervisors’ meetings can be heated affairs regarding what is best for the people who live here.

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The municipal center houses administrative offices for the city of Chico. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 411 Main St., www.chico.ca.us

city cOuncil chambers The public is encouraged to attend City Council meetings, held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. 421 Main St., city clerk: 896-7250, www.chico.ca.us

health & wellness enloe medical center 1531 Esplanade, 332-7300, www.enloe.org

feather river hospital 974 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-9361, www.frhosp.org

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2767 Olive Highway, Oroville, 533-8500, www.orovillehospital.com

Orchard hospital 240 Spruce St., Gridley, 8469000, www.orchardhospital.com

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clinics ampla health Medical and pediatrics: 680 Cohasset Road, 342-4395; dental: 236 W. East Avenue, Ste. H, 342-6065, www.amplahealth.org

butte county Public health clinic 695 Oleander Ave., 879-3665, www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/ clinic/clinc.html

chico immediate care medical center 376 Vallombrosa Ave., 891-1676, www.chicoicmc.com

convenient care health center 670 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300, 899-7120

enloe children’s health center 277 Cohasset Road, 332-6000

enloe Outpatient center 888 Lakeside Village Commons Drive, 332-6400

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enloe Prompt care 560 Cohasset Road, 332-6850

northern Valley indian health (nVih) 845 W. East Ave, 896-9400, www.nvih.org

Premiere Primary care 888 Lakeside Village Commons, 809-0674

shalom free clinic 1190 E. First Ave., 518-8300, www.shalomfreeclinic.org

skypark Walk-in medical center 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 899-9500

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Other facilities american chi center for health 1290 Esplanade #1, 342-2895, www.americanchi.net

chico community acupuncture 1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300, www.chicocommunityacupuncture.com

chico surgery center 615 W. East Ave., 895-1877, www.chicosc.com

enloe regional cancer center 265 Cohasset Road, 332-4700

enloe rehabilitation center 340 W. East Ave., 332-6138

the Pinwheel community acupuncture Project 740 Flume St., 345-5566, www.pinwheelchico.com

skyway surgery center 121 Raley Blvd., 230-2000

WOmen’s Wellness & family Planning Planned Parenthood 3100 Cohasset Road, 342-8367, www.plannedparenthood.org

Women’s health specialists 1469 Humboldt Road, 891-1917, www.womenshealthspecialists.org

Women’s resource clinic 115 W. Second Ave., 897-6101; 24-hour hotline: 897-6100

Pregnancy resOurces Better Babies 578 Rio Lindo Ave., 894-5585, www.betterbabies.org

Paradise midwifery services 771 Buschmann Road, Paradise, 872-7579

enloe mother & Baby care center 1531 Esplanade, 332-3970, www.enloe.org/baby

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enloe mother & Baby Boutique 251 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 332-3970, www.enloe.org/baby

seniOr care arcadia home care & staffing 2057 Forest Ave., 566-9025, www.norcalarcadia.com

Butte hOme health & hOsPice 10 Constitution Drive, 895-0462, www.buttehomehealth.com

enlOe hOme care & hOsPice

CityOfTrees.com (530) 618-2687 CalBRE# 00991783

1390 E. Lassen Ave., 332-6050 (home care), 332-6060 (hospice)

Passages center Oroville Hospital

25 Main St., #202, 898-5923, www.passagescenter.org

BehaviOral/ mental health Butte county Behavioral health Adult outpatient center: 560 Cohasset Ave., 891-2784; youth outpatient center: 500 Cohasset Road, Ste. 15, 891-2945, www.buttecounty. net/behavioralhealth Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 891-2810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386

enloe Behavioral health 560 Cohasset Road, 332-5250

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eDucation Public schools chico unified school District Formed in 1964, the Chico Unified School District currently serves approximately 12,000 students. The district has a policy of letting parents send their students to the schools of their choice, as long as there’s room. The CUSD includes 11 elementary schools, one K-8 open-structure-classroom school, three junior highs and three high schools (including a continuation school). Several campuses have special programs, such as Two-Way Language Immersion, Open Structure and Academics Plus. Test scores and other state measures of achievement are kept at the district offices at 1163 E. Seventh St. (891-3000). The CUSD offers a home-schooling program and oversees several charter schools. The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences—an “internal” CUSD charter school—offers an innovative high-school curriculum as an alternative to conventional high school. The CUSD also oversees a community day school, which, by referrals, takes in students who have been on probation or suspension. www.chicousd.org

core butte charter school

Notre Dame school

260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 894-3952, www.corebutte.org

Kindergarten-eighth grade. 435 Hazel St., 342-2502, www.ndschico.org

Forest ranch charter school Kindergarten-eighth grade. 15815 Cedar Creek Road, Forest Ranch, 891-3154, www.forestranchcharter.org

Pleasant valley baptist school

inspire school of arts & sciences

Progressive schoolhouse

Ninth-12th grade. Chico High School campus, 901 Esplanade, 891-3090, www.inspirecusd.org

rose scott open-structure school

Kindergarten-sixth grade. 5554 California St., 891-3138, www.nordcountryschool.org

Kindergarten-12th grade. 850 Palmetto Ave., 354-3101, www.rosescottschool.com

Pivot charter school Sixth-12th grade. 2550 Lakewest Drive, Ste. 30, 877-544-1423 or 6364479, www.pivotnorthvalley.com

sherwood Montessori

blue oak charter school

Kindergarten-eighth grade. 746 Moss Ave., 345-6600, www.sherwoodmontessori.org

chico country Day school Kindergarten-eighth grade. 102 W. 11th St., 895-2650, www. chicocountryday.org

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Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2400 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-5665, www.progressiveschoolhouse.com

Nord country school

charter schools Kindergarten-eighth grade. 450 W. East Ave., 879-7483, www. blueoakcharterschool.org

Kindergarten-12th grade. 13539 Garner Lane, 343-2949, www.pvbaptist.org

Wildflower open classroom Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2414 Cohasset Road, Ste. 3, 8921676, www.wildflowerschool.com

Private schools chico christian school Kindergarten-eighth grade, plus preschool. 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., 879-8989, www.chicochristian.org

aDult eDucatioN John Muir charter school (california conservation corps) Ages 16-25. 2725 Highway 32, Ste. F, 961-9693

oroville adult education 2750 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 538-5350, www.orovilleadulted.com

regional & continuing education (chico state) Programs include Open University (for non-enrolled students), ElderCollege (for students 60 and older) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (for those 50 and older). 400 W. First St., 898-6105, l www.rce.csuchico.edu


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