Chicago, by design, is incredibly diverse. Each neighborhood is distinct in its culture, its theme. A few weeks ago, I asked on Twitter — how do you see your neighborhood?
Below are Chicagoans’ responses in 140 characters or less:
@TheScumLord #NobleSquare: Burritos and a hardware store.
@keithanderson #LoganSquare where everyday comes new restuarants and coffeeshops full of beards and fixed gears.
@gopher33j Polish, old and friendly. #JeffPark
@onthefirefly #pilsen A friendly neighborhood that looks out for one another, and preserves that spirit with pride.
@bakerbakerbaker #WickerPark: Culturally rich in everyone looking at their phone and home of “that fancy Walgreens”
@observacious You take the good, you take the bad, you put them near the lake and there you have the facts of #edgewater
@little_katie #WestTown where families, young professionals and gang members can all live in peace bc the neighborhood changes zip codes
@LincolnSquared #lincolnsquare is a diaper bag full of hidden gems
@HackerHuntress #Bridgeport is swiftly-gentrifying art school dropouts and a strange preponderance of hackers and activists.
@shylobisnett #AlbanyPark brings together the most strikingly diverse collection of cultures and cuisines anywhere in Chicago.
@auntiesweetleaf #HumboldtParkThe Puerto Rican culture is rich, fierce, and fighting to survive. The restaurants are authentic.
"At the end of his performance Mr. Electrico reached out to the 12-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, ‘Live forever!’" He was at a carnival. It was 1932. Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
Mr. Electrico is referenced in Bradbury’s novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes” as a more sinister carnival performer: the middle-aged man, turned young boy, turned 120-year-old man brought to life by electric chair. I realize this description makes no sense if you haven’t read the book. But it does make sense if you know that Bradbury is a wonderful genius.