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Opened by Ben and Virginia Ali in 1958, Benâs Chili Bowl draws hungry crowds from early in the morning until late at night. Benâs stays open until 2 a.m. during the week and until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Pictured: Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street

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Arts District / U Street / Shaw

Bustling U Street, once known as "Black Broadway" for its mecca of music clubs, is once again a popular nightlife hub. From the newly reopened Howard Theatre to Bohemian Caverns to Busboys & Poets, the neighborhoods provide a place for artists to perform and patronize. While you're here, don't miss the 24-hour world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A guide to the historic -- and jazzy -- neighborhood known as Washington, DC's arts district.
Predating Harlem's Apollo Theater, the Howard opened in 1910 and quickly became the city's preeminent spot for African American performers including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. After years of disrepair, the Howard reopened in 2012.
Once known as "Black Broadway," the U Street Cooridor is still the epicenter of music, culture and history.
Celebrity clientele at this U Street food staple include Barack Obama and Bill Cosby, but it's the half smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl that have kept it in business for more than 50 years.
From the neighborhood's iconic Ben's Chili Bowl to its authentic Ethiopian cuisine, this neighborhood is certain to whet your appetite.
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