In Chicago’s Rogers Park, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The community surrounding the Morse Red Line stop knows its small business population to be highly mercurial, with different institutions coming into and running out of money almost with the seasons. However, other businesses in the same area, like The Heartland Cafe, Red Line Tap and Lifeline Theatre have stood for decades, with no sign of shuttered doors anytime soon.
So why have these businesses flourished for so long, while others seem to live on borrowed time?
If you’ve been awake for more than an hour this week in Chicago, you know that we’ve been in the midst of a weather phenomenon — a Polar Vortex turning Chicago into #Chiberia. It was cold. Really, really cold. Before the bone-chilling wind chills kicked in, we got a lot of snow as well. On Sunday, I did what any responsible 21-year-old would, I took my camera outside and took some pictures in the snow.
Icicles that formed on the awning of my apartment building.
A wintry Lincoln Park.
My partner in snow travels.
A very snow-filled Burling street.
It was snowy enough that the snowshoers were out in full force. All one of them.
A LOT of snow fell between Saturday night and Sunday evening.
On Saturday, Oct. 5 I visited the Division Street farmer’s market. The market is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast on Division Street between Clark and State Streets. The market operates every Saturday 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. from May 11 through Oct. 26.
Assorted apples for sale at the Division Street farmer’s market Saturday, Oct. 5.
Flowers placed on the street for sale at the Division Street farmer’s market Saturday, Oct. 5.
Turnips and radishes set on a table for sale at the Division Street farmer’s market Saturday, Oct. 5.