I was told not to go there—in Chicago’s Pilsen Area–to check out the graffiti. I always have this fascination about graffiti.
“It’s a dangerous area,” said the receptionist at my hostel.
“Even during the day?”, I asked.
She shrugged off her shoulder, tilted her head and eyes opened wide, “Yeah.”
I didn’t believe her. I went there anyway. I took the Pink Line train and got off at 18th Street.
As soon as the train door opened, a series of graffiti were right before me. The train stop itself was covered in graffiti–from walls to stairs.
In Pilsen, the graffiti aren’t really hard to find. I went there without a map or something to guide me. The graffiti alone will serve as your direction. From gang violence to religion to culture, Pilsen’s neighborhood is all reflected in the art some people consider an eyesore.
If you have time, you should check it out. It’s not gonna take you an hour or so.
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