Sean is one of my friends from Business School and we get together several times a year, usually around one of our favorite themes, which is food. He’s a foodie, which makes going to ethnic restaurants with him enjoyable and fun. We planned to go to Pilsen and combine a walking tour with dining. On Wednesday we decided to do our city tour east of Ashland. For some sights of Pilsen west of Ashland check out an older post from May of 2008.
Sean had the beef skirt steak huarache which he said was also very good. Everything looks so fresh here, and it is.
On 18th street we saw this interesting 3 flat from across the street. It was actually pretty when you see it in person.
After our meal we began our walking tour. Living on the north side I rarely see sidewalks so poorly in need of repair as this one. Since I don’t have a car, my first thought was about how difficult it must be to drag a bubba cart filled with groceries or laundry down this thing called a sidewalk. It’s on 19th off of Ashland, for anyone who wants to go for a test roll.
And of course the omnipresent CPD cameras. I’m used to seeing them in Uptown on Wilson Avenue. In Pilsen they seem to have much more of them, and yet the area has always seemed much more stable than Uptown.
This front patio garden looked so tranquil it was hard not to notice it.
This mural was also on Blue Island but on the side of a residential building. At the base of the mural it says, “Aqui estamos y aqui nos quedamos” (Here we are and here we stay).
The next three photos are of the front of Casa Aztlan, a mural by Marcos Raya and others done in 1977. Adjacent to the building is a empty yard with an open gate, where I was taking photos of what was clearly visible from the street. An extraordinarily hostile, negative and disagreeable older woman came out and yelled at me, making it clear she didn’t want any photos taken. (Whenever I am inside a store or at an art event I always ask in advance, but because these were wall murals viewable to anyone walking by it is a different situation).
Back on 18th where, from across the street we saw this much needed joyful and fun mural of Betty Boop and company.