Mapping Candy Stores

"My favorite street vendor is at N. Milwaukee/Spaulding CTA bus and train stop.  The corn on the cob shaved in the cup, with mayo, butter, Parmesan cheese, and chill sprinkled on the top is habit forming, $1.50 is all. I first tasted this treat at Kimball and Fullerton on my way back from the Swimming Pool Project, from that moment I was hooked. I was in Los Angeles in November 2010, at the neighborhood Laundromat, a vendor rolled up on a bicycle-powered vending card. I got a corn on a cob, that's it, he didn't shave it into a cup-like vendors do in Chicago.

At 24th and Kedzie CTA bus stop in Pilsen. I was so hungry one afternoon when I was running errands, paid $3.00 for a cup of fruit, that was the best cup of pineapple, watermelon chunks, with lemon juice and chill. I almost choked from the combination of tangy juices and my throat swallowing before I was ready, that was how good it was. (I've started making this combination on my own.)

"Tamale-Man" This vendor shows up at all of the music bars like the Hideout to the Velvet Lounge, everyone looks for him you get four for $5. Best deal in Chicago especially when you've been drinking and need something on your stomach he shows up, has a deal with the owners to vend, doesn't hang around, in and out.

Fullerton- from Kimball to Pulaski, the street is lined with vendors every other block, at Armitage and Kimball at the Armitage Fresh Produce on any given day you see at least three to four vendors, some battle for territory. No, I haven't purchased anything along this corridor.


Candy Store, Homan & Lake

The candy store at Lake and Homan was my favorite because my art students ran that one. I would stop and buy shaved ice from them on my way to Beidler Elementary School in East Garfield.

I got this comment from Yelp

Adriane "a nice piece of class," says
"Latino street vendors band together for better working conditions and to fight for the legalization of selling prepared warm food.

In Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, there are more than 200 street vendors that sell their food products throughout the year on 26th Street between Kedzie and Cicero Avenues.

"Vendors such as Marcela Salgado make a living by selling food from her cart. Salgado and her husband work almost every afternoon and evening (about 300 days per year) at the same corner on 26th Street and Drake. They've been selling for eight years, yet still live under the fear of being harassed or fined by the city."

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