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.
Here are some sights off of Devon
And this is one of my favorite signs:
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:
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 eighborhood. The A to Z Blogging Challenge continues on Monday. O Boy!
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