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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.

Park, 1996

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When I was really young, I remember seeing these City Of Chicago parking lots all over the city. They were eventually phased out by the 1980’s . Back then, community shopping areas were the norm. The big box stores of today were not around. You had your neighborhood grocer, perhaps a fruit market, a bank, a library, and maybe a department store to buy some clothes. These lots allowed  you to park your car off the main street and then walk to whatever store you were going to.

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.

Hoover Dam, 2006

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I’ve been to Hoover Dam twice. The first time was seeing it on a guided tour in the mid 1990’s. The second was in 2006. I was shocked by how low the water line was. It’s noticeable in the picture above by the white “bathtub ring”. That year Lake Mead was the lowest point since the 1960’s. It’s levels have continued to drop since. It could be below its threshold of 1,075 ft. by 2020.

Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath taking places I’ve ever been to. We got to the park about two hours before sunset. The daytime temperature was in the high 50’s and quick dropped as the sun went down. It was cold, but for what I saw, it was worth it.

Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon, located in Arizona, is known as a slot canyon. They allow you inside via a guided tour. There, you can take photos. The best time is around noon where the light is directly overhead and seeps down inside the canyon, illuminating the red rocks inside.