We certainly know California has some cute historic small towns. But every now and then, it's fun to get out and see what the rest of the country has to offer. On my recent trip to Chicago, I was reminded that the Midwest makes for excellent Main Street material.
This is the Armitage-Halsted District of Lincoln Park in Chicago. And this is the view that I glimpsed from the train as we headed to Wrigley Field. Of course I turned to Derek and exclaimed, "I think I just saw Disneyland!" (You can see the kind of world I live in). We made a plan to get off at that stop and check out the area on our way back.
How adorable is this? Perfect Victorian row houses filled with unique shops and lined with nice green trees. I walked around the whole time singing songs from The Music Man.
Lincoln Park is located on the North side of Chicago, and was originally used as a cemetery site and the location of a small pox hospital. Over the years it accumulated famous residents such as L. Frank Baum and later, in the 1950-70s, became the home to a large Puerto Rican population and subsequent civil rights sit-ins.
Now this affluent area is inhabited mostly by young professionals and college graduates. Modern shops occupy the historic storefronts, with apartments on the upper floors.
Head in here for some amazing samples.