It sounds like we're getting a 70 degree Sunday today. I am headed in a couple of hours to do some exploring of 22nd. I was in a residential part of Pilsen last week and was delighted to find all sorts of "hidden" businesses: makeshift taco stands set-out outside doorways, corner butchers and bakeries, even a "hidden" tortilleria! There's even a fantastic Mexican no-name, no-sign shack on Cermak serving all kinds of guisados. I am continuing the walk today. It won't all be about food: I'm also taking some architecture notes. The area is still pristine, untouched by condo development and there are many wonderful examples of domestic architecture, commercial architecture (old Bohemian shopfronts: Wagner Bakery for instance) and even a great great church (St Paul's, which once boasted the highest point in Chicago//higher than the Reliance and the Monadnock). Let me know if anyone wants to tag along. We'll meet at 12, walk for a couple of hours, nibble here and there (no big meal/just street food). Email me before 11.
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