N is for (my) Neighborhood

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I live on the north side of Chicago, in a section of the neighborhood of West Rogers Park that is called Little India.  The blog Big Shoulders Atlas has a great post on my neighborhood if you want to read more.

But I can tell you that while there are a lot of Indian and Pakistani restaurants, sari shops, grocery stores, sweet shops, jewelry stores, movie stores around here, the population is very diverse.  When I wander around, I see and hear people from India and Pakistan, of course, but also from Africa and Europe.  And there are some people like me who born in the States.  A little bit west, there is a large Hasidic Jewish population.  It’s an interesting place to live.

I like to walk down Devon Avenue, the main drag, especially on the weekends.  I feel like I am in some exotic country.  I hear music from India, smell all sorts of wonderful smells from the restaurants mixed with incense from some of the shops and see people in all sorts of colorful outfits.  Here are some photos I took of my neighborhood.

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A fancy sari shop
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One of my favorites

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And of course, some more common businesses
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statue in front of a bank

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Here are some sights off of Devon

And this is one of my favorite signs:

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When I was in second grade, my family lived in Chicago for one year, not too far from here.  I often walk by Daniel Boone school, the school I attended that year and sometimes also walk by Chippewa park, where I went to summer camp.  The only thing I remember about that camp, although I remember liking it, is painting a rock  and glueing my name onto it with alphabet noodles. I’m not quite which house we lived in.  After that we moved to Rock Island, Illinois.  That was a very different city and a different neighborhood to grow up in.  I loved living there.  I had lots of friends on the block and we would go out and play in the court at the end of our block or wander in the woods behind our houses.

I had a dream early this morning that I made the following blog post:

The title:

N is for Nothing

And that was it!

But this is more interesting (to me, anyhow).

I’d love to hear from you.

And about your neighborhood.  The A to Z Blogging Challenge continues on Monday.  O Boy!

Thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

8 thoughts on “N is for (my) Neighborhood

  1. Nice! I enjoy seeing pieces of the country that I haven’t seen. I’ve only been to Chicago once, and only for 2 days (one of those a conference), so I didn’t get to see much. And definitely not Little India. I’d like to go back and see this part of town too. Thank you for widening my world today.

  2. I’m familiar with your neighborhood and enjoying walking through it as well. I love the diversity and I especially love the sari shops – I always feel like I’m getting a delicious dose of color inspiration to carry home with me.

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