Jefferson Park

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Jefferson Park terminal is sort of the epicenter of Chicago’s Northwest side. Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, it’s terminal connects the Metra commuter rail line, the CTA Blue line, and several bus routes. The terminal opened in 1970 and marked the end of the rapid transit line until the CTA expanded it’s service to O’Hare airport in 1984.

Carrera De Los Muertos

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Carrera De Los Muertos is a 5k race that is held annually in Pilsen on or around Halloween. The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) supports Hispanic communities by organizing events like this one as a catalyst to improve wellness and prosperity in neighborhoods such as Pilsen. Dia De Los Muertos (The Day Of The Dead) is annual holiday  celebrated in Mexico that is more of a celebration of life than a somber remembrance of the dead.

19082016

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2016 was a stellar year for Chicago baseball. It marked the end of a 108 year drought for the Chicago Cubs. They won the World Series that year against the Cleveland Indians. I visited Wrigley Field about four days after their win and the area was still in celebration mode. It was just so unbelievable. All around the park, especially on the wall along Sheffield Avenue, the owners of the team allowed for people to write messages on the walls. Among the congratulatory remarks were more sentimental ones. Remarks to loved ones that are no longer here whose team finally won. My mother passed that year and this was her team.  I wrote in the little space I found. “They finally won, Mom”.

Jibarito Stop

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While there are plenty of great food choices in Pilsen, there’s one place that I return to time and time again; The Jibarito Stop. It’s a family owned business and the food is incredible. Inside, nothing beats the community vibe, especially during the summer. One day while I was eating lunch, I looked up and saw this on the wall. The lighting at that moment was perfect. It’s story accurate.

The jibarito sandwich originated in Chicago. It is made with two fried plantains sandwiched together with chicken or steak then topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Especially good with a side of Arroz con gandules!

Cityscape

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This is the Ashland stop on the Green Line. Here you can transfer to the Pink Line to travel south. When crossing over, you walk up the stairs and cross over via a pedestrian bridge. It’s a fantastic viewpoint to see the skyline to the east. The elements on this day made it perfect.

Downtown In Fog 1

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I love to take pictures in foggy weather. It’s mysterious and unpredictable. Chicago’s downtown area (Streeterville, Magnificent Mile, The Loop) is perfect for this. It allows for the city to become something else. It romanticizes the skyline. It makes you truly appreciate the beauty of this city.

You Are Beautiful

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It’s a simple, but positive message.  It was started here in Chicago. Back in 2002, a group of artists and designers printed stickers to pass on to others and to post them in various places in the hopes that its message would build people up. By 2019, it has grown from stickers that were found on walls and subway stations to public displays (like this one in Andersonville) near parks and schools. Its message has reached worldwide. You are not alone. Believe in yourself. We are all unique.

 

 

1150 W. Addison

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Saw this after eating lunch in Wrigleyville one day. Sure, there are plenty of homes and businesses around there that have W signs, but this one caught my eye. It had such a uniqueness. Not much of that can be found anymore in the city.

Go Cubs!