neighborhoods : downtown [part one]

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Downtown Chicago is the iconic Chicago. It's the area most people immediately envision when thinking of Chicago. Hell, it's really all I knew of Chicago before moving here eight years ago. I just assumed the skyscrapers stretched on forever... or at the very least, to Naperville. Visiting, it's what's people want to see. It contains all of the imagery of classic Chicago--the Sears Tower, the Hancock Building, the river, Watertower place, as well as a number of the larger theatres and more prominent museums.

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Patrick and I have decided to shoot downtown in pieces; we're kind of blending and dividing a few recognized districts of downtown rather than actual neighborhoods.  Our first portion hovered around the financial district but we stretched those boundaries a bit to the north and west.

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Visit this link to view Patrick's downtown shots.

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neighborhoods: avondale

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Patrick and I followed Albany Park with a visit to Avondale, also on Chicago's northwest side. The neighborhood has traditionally had a high Polish population though the 80's brought an influx of Hispanics to the area. In recent years, Avondale has begun to feel the effects of gentrification though still maintains a hold on a distinct "Eastern Europe meets Latin America" culture.

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Patrick's contributions can be found here.

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This is an ongoing project; Albany Park, Pilsen, & Humboldt Park can be found below. Chinatown will be the next stop on our agenda.

neighborhoods: albany park

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Albany Park was the next neighborhood on the list in the project Patrick Burke and I have been working on. It is located on the northwest side of the city and is among the most diverse in the city, with more foreign born residents than any other neighborhood in the city. It is also home to some super (and inexpensive) falafel and hummus at one of the shops pictured in Patrick's captures. Those can be seen here.

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This is an ongoing project, scroll down for previous posts on Pilsen and Humboldt Park. Avondale will be next.