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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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New finds

Strolling up Halsted the other day I noticed this sign. According to it, the land encompassed by the surrounding fence has been ‘improved.’ Now it could just be the weather, but it looks like literal badland to me. But good for you Podmajersky. It’s the effort after all right? I had wondered for a while…

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Urban Heirloom 08

New to P-Town’s streets is this astounding creature advocating for cross-cultural acceptance — perhaps (entirely) without its own knowledge. This certainly appears to be a case of last-come-first-impression. Giving a Jhonen Vasquez expression makes for an interesting technique in this instance of immigration reform. This is a fascinating mash-up of persons within the ‘hood. Both…

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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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