Walking Chicago: 22.6 miles spent walking and eating my way through the Windy City

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2012/05/22 13:48:53 (permalink)

Walking Chicago: 22.6 miles spent walking and eating my way through the Windy City

A group of my friends has an annual tradition of picking a major metro area, then finding a nice 20+ mile walking route through the city that takes you through a large number of neighborhoods, and then basically walk it all in a day, stopping frequent to eat, drink, and otherwise enjoy the parts of a city you might not otherwise explore. We call it a "Death March".  In 2010 we did the length of Manhattan.  Last year we did San Francisco (from the Bridge to Twin Peaks). 
This year, we did Chicago:
 

 
Starting at 8am in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood (which mostly serves as an Hispanic neighborhood), we walked to Taylor Street, downtown to the loop, out on Chicago almost to Ukrainian Village, and then up Milwaukee to Jefferson Park, before heading back east to Andersonville.  Along the way we got to sample a rather substantial number of food joints.
 
We started simply, with a visit to Nuevo Leon Bakery on 18th Street, for a good sampling of Mexican pastries:

 
After that, we continued east on 18th until we got to Don Pedro's Carniceria:

where we loaded up on carnitas, taco fixins', brain tacos, and chicharones.  This was a serious feast for under $10 for 4 people, and was incredibly tasty (even though it was only 8:30 in the morning)
 
Carnitas:

 
Chicharones:

 
Watching them bring out more meat from the kitchen:

 
(I'll continue this in chunks)
 
post edited by kaszeta - 2012/05/22 13:55:29
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