Pilsen / UIC

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Pilsen / UIC

Teenage waste

Perhaps I should have waited and used this photo for Halloween. After all, what could be more frightening than a young, attractive and snobbish-looking girl. Artist Jasso’s work must have scared someone as this piece, which had been up less than a day stood already one limb down by the time I found it. Commentary…

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All of the brights

Gotta love a ‘hood that’s not afraid of color! I’ve been passing these swirly beauts on the way south from 18th to Cermak. They had to be shared. It might be hard to see with the dim lighting, but the address number above the door here is a sickeningly complementary color to the surrounding green.…

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He is the eggman

I found this dashing piece down near 21st on Ashland and have newfound respect for Sir Dumpty. The artist has here given him an eerie debonair feel that has me tingling with All Hallow’s glee. It’s like his eggy self has spoiled and reanimated, making him an undead — yolk protruding from a cool blue…

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Hate gets a paint job

The Pac Man ghosts have bloodlines dating back to Sacagawea it seems   This ‘H8′ artwork has become unignorably prevalent not only in Pilsen but all around the city at large. Sometimes the ‘H8′ portion stands alone and others like here sit wrapped in a heart. Whether that means it’s meant to be read ‘Love…

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Home in store

Store fronts like these in Pilsen can often give the appearance that they could actually be the front of a store. This is a misconception. Actually, unused business leases are taken at times by local families as personal living space. Therefore the more exhibitionist feature of the property is then converted into something decorative or…

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P-Town texture

In between more substantial posts, I thought I’d share some shots taken around that typify the look and feel of Pilsen — at least the kind(s) I’m attracted to.   Why hide the caulk? So palatial! Well if it has to go, let it go beautifully Loving how the red is continued over on the…

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Urban Heirloom 07

Seeing this every week could turn me into a Sunday early riser Passing this church on an early evening of head-clearing walking, I was struck by how run down and yet resolute it seemed. Surrounded by lot upon lot of overrun weeds and jumbled garbage, this seemed a last bastion of goodness in the area.…

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