A guide to local favorites in Little Village
- By Adeshina Emmanuel
- Photos by Lucy Hewett
A thriving Mexican American enclave dubbed “the Mexico of the Midwest,” there’s nothing quite like Little Village in Chicago. The taquerias and panaderias here are top-notch, and the streets hum with energy and delicious smells — especially along 26th Street, the second-busiest shopping district in the city after the Magnificent Mile. You’ll find an array of street merchants, food vendors, Mexican gift shops and boutiques selling everything from Western wear to wedding dresses.
Meet Adeshina Emmanuel
Adeshina was raised by an African-American mother and Nigerian father in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood on the Far North Side, where he studied journalism at Loyola University in Rogers Park.
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