neighborhoods : chinatown

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Some interesting things I discovered about Chicago's Chinatown recently: Chicago is the second oldest Chinese settlement in America after they began to flee California, the Nine Dragon Wall (Patrick has some super photos of on his Flickr) is one of only three replicas outside of China of the original in Beijing, and the original Chinatown was located about two miles north, but was relocated to it's southside spot in 1911. I've visited "Chinatown" neighborhoods in four other United States cities and they're all a little different. One of Chicago's standout features is certainly the two story "Chinatown Square" which boosts a number of different commercial businesses and restaurants and homes a small sculptural park of the twelve Chinese Zodiacs.

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View Patrick's Chinatown photos here and scroll down on the blog to view the past neighborhood's featured in our on-going project.

 

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.