September in Chicago, in 21 Pictures

You took them. We picked the best of them.

By The Editors
September 29, 2016 9:00 am

Everyone knows Chicago is a toddlin’ town. But it’s also a picturesque one, as far as toddlin’ goes.

Proof is in the Instagram.

With that in mind, we bring you 21 ‘Grams, a review of the month that was in our fair city, as told by 21 of our favorite social media-savvy shutterbugs.

Best part? No reading required. Enjoy.

this is what dinner #1 of 5 looked like @cochon555 #heritagebbq • #judgestable #fatso

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Because a pig cooking contest never looked better. 

@luftwerk Solarise closing reception. Magnificent.

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Because we’ll miss the color and wonder at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Hell yeah, alley party! #activatechi

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Because what’s it like to party in an alley? Only one way to find out.

Fidencio Sanchez, 89, pushes his cart down 26th Street on Sept. 12, 2016, in the Little Village neighborhood of #Chicago. Sanchez has been a #pushcart vendor for Paleteria Poncho for more than 20 years. There’s no way of knowing how long it would’ve taken Sanchez to sell 90,000 #paletas, or Mexican ice pops, for $1.50 each from the paleteria he pushes. But online donors saved the 89­-year­-old man the trouble of finding out. Through $5 to $2,000 donations, 6,300­ plus people collectively raised more than $135,000 ­ the equivalent of 90,000 paleta sales ­for Sanchez in a #GoFundMe campaign started by a stranger wanting to offer the older man a little relief from pushing his cart. Crediting friend Joe Loera with coming up with the idea to start an online #fundraiser, Joel Cervantes said in this case it took a village – Little Village – to make all the difference to Sanchez and his wife, Eladia. Eladia Sanchez also used to sell paletas but now sells Mexican candies because pushing the heavy cart became too physically demanding and hurt her arm, according to the Sanchez’ granddaughter, Dulce Perez. “I am very thankful for the men that thought of doing this … Well, seems to me like it won’t be necessary anymore and I will be able to rest more at home,” Perez said for Sanchez. “It means a lot, and the changes will be that there will be no need for me to work, and we will have help in all aspects; Like getting better clothes and things that will improve our life at home.” Photo by @alyssapointerphoto / Chicago Tribune

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Because it was a good month to be a paleta man. 

Because we’re no strangers to wonky weather. 

Because no seriously, did you catch it?

Mondays. #Chicago #RiotFest

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Because Riot Fest is all about letting your freak flag fly. 

Because Kanye showed up. Because together, they’re Chicago’s finest. 

Vic yesterday during his high energy set at @aahhfest for @chicagotribune #chicago #savemoney #musicfestival

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Because Vic Mensa gives one helluva performance. 

This block is alive tonight. Against Me! on stage now. #312BlockParty #FultonAndWood

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Because when Goose Island throws a block party, they go all out. 


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Because that feeling when you clinch the division title. 

chameleonized Bunda // @leonardsuryajaya

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Because EXPO Chicago did not dissapoint, nor did Chicago artist Leonard Suryajaya.

Art watcher in the wild #artwatchers_united #expochicago #aov

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Because EXPO Chicago was that good. 

Because it was the final days of Kerry James Marshall at the MCA. 

Because #ChicagoHenge.

Because fall means boot season. These boots. 

This Rice Krispie Treat is all grown up with nori, pork floss, sesame seeds & caramel fish sauce #chigourmet @eatfatrice

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Because Chicago Gourmet was … well, gourmet and delicious. 

Because Roister started serving lunch. Go there now. Get the chicken sammy. 

by @robertloerzel at @hideoutchicago today #whitemystery

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Because we’ve been drinking there for as long as its been open. Happy 20th, Hideout. 

Last night at the stage door looked a bit like this. #HamiltonCHI

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Because a certain play had a killer opening night. 


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Because as if you need another reason to see Hamilton. Here are five. 

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