Frank’s Fast Food

This is a fast food restaurant that has been closed for a long time.
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This location doesn’t get much traffic since the closure of the steel mills.

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Featured Walks

I am still hard at work compiling material for this section. I promise I’ll have some interesting walking (and possibly jogging) tours for you shortly!

Portillo’s

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I realize that hotdogs and blogging go hand-in-hand, but I don’t mind being cliche. One of my favorite spots to get food is at and Portillo’s. I grew up in Elmhurst, near the original location. I think I can vaguely recall the house-shaped trailer. You can take the boy out of the west suburbs, but you can’t the west suburbs out of the boy.

Among the facts that I didn’t know until I read the Portillo’s Widipedia entry was this: until the early 90’s, there was a franchise in Tokyo that licensed the Portillo’s name. Can you imagine eating a Portillo’s hotdog in Tokyo? There are also locations in Moreno Valley and Buena Park, California. The folks in Merrillville, Indiana also have a location of their own. Good to know when you’re on the road.

The Footprint of US Steel

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This vacant lot on the 8600 block of South Burley Avenue is the former location of the US Steel Chicago Works. This area of town has historically been referred to as “The Bush“, and as this land reverts back to prarie it’s easy to imagine how it got such name. Below you see the Google satellite view of the southwest corner of the property, currently home to the park district bike velodrome:

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Deceased Trees

Not sure why I began photographing dead trees, but thought I would share them nonetheless. Something rather Pythonesque and human about them, like the Knights who say Ni!

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