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.

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!

Scenes From Pilsen #2

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These are a couple more great murals that I found walking around Pilsen last year. There are some really incredible artists here. To cover these over should be a crime. These works of art really capture what Pilsen is all about.

Perkolator

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Perkolator Coffee is located in Portage Park, a northwest side neighborhood of Chicago. I go there regularly to work on photos, to blog for my website, or to work on a graphic novel that I’m co-writing. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and change the scenery in order to clear your head and let yourself run free and create. Perkolator reminds me of the coffeehouses I went to in the early nineties. I would spend the afternoons reading Beat literature and drinking bottomless cups of coffee until my hands were shaking. Good times.

Bowie Box

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Walking north on Humboldt Boulevard in Logan Square, you’re immediately embraced by the vintage charm of the early 20th century homes and the green space of a grand old boulevard of a bygone era. And then you can stumble upon something like this. This is a book renting box that have been popping up in certain neighborhoods in Chicago lately. I was very fond of this particular one. RIP David Bowie.

Scenes From Pilsen #1

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The first in a series of photos I took while visiting Pilsen. I’ve been to this Near South Side  (of Chicago) neighborhood a lot recently. It’s rich with Mexican heritage. Murals are everywhere and they all tell stories and speak loudly.