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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Exploring Chicago - Devon Avenue

I know I left you hanging after Andersonville, so without further ado I will present to you our second stop in the Exploring Chicago Photography Course...


Devon Avenue was originally known as Church Road, but it was renamed in the 1880s by Edgewater developer John Lewis Cochran after Devon station on the Main Line north of Philadelphia. The street has been settled by many immigrant groups, which is perhaps most evident between Kedzie and Ridge Avenues in West Ridge, Chicago. Here, one traveling eastward will encounter, in succession, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, a Russian American neighborhood, an Indian American neighborhood, a Pakistani American neighborhood, and a Bangladeshi American neighborhood. Portions of Devon in this area have been renamed in honor of Golda Meir, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The main area we walked, was the "Little India" portion of Devon Avenue. Here are the photos from my afternoon there. First we have the food...

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And then we have the fashion and decor...

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And next, a little Indian-American pop culture...

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And last but not least, we had lunch for the day at Tiffin, which was delicious:

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Overall, this was an area not very far from my home in terms of miles, but it seemed like a world away. There were times on Devon that I saw such unfamiliar things that I forgot I was in Chicago, or even America. This is one of the many reasons that I love this course, and love Chicago as a whole. It's a big city made up of many tiny neighborhoods, each with their unique cultures and identities.

In this post we got a taste of South Asian culture in Chicago, and in my next post I'll take you to the Eastern European areas as we explore the neighborhood of Ukranian Village.

5 comments:

Kensey September 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM  

it all looks so wonderful! Did you have to get a new camera? Did you learn about lighting?

You enrolled in this as a groupon, right? I'll keep my eye out for something that good! It's so beautiful, and I'm sure you had a great time!!

NancyKrelle September 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

You are quite a talented lady. Something I've known for many years now, but I discover more and more as I read your blog. You've surely picked up a great many photography skills from your class. Thank you for sharing your creativity and work with your blog followers. Hope all is well in Chicago!

Colleen MacDonald September 7, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

Steph, your photos are stunning and your eye is impeccable. I feel like I'm right there with you, and I could even smell those fabulous mangos! You have a gift, my friend!

Maria September 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

The second shot is my favorite!

Diana October 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

How did you make Devon look so glamorous? It's not the same street I was on.

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I'm a St. Louis native, but I have been living in Chicago since 2005 and am loving every windy minute of it. I enjoy cooking (more-so eating), home decorating and really anything creative. I'm a supporter of DIY & handmade goods, a fledgling foodie and a connoisseur of kitsch. I spend my days filling online shopping carts, emptying them and repeating the process all over again. Most of all I love spending time with my husband, Dave, our first child, Claire and my dog, Louie.

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