A Short Walk on Argyle St., April 29, 2018

Argyle St. is known as Chicago’s New Chinatown located in Uptown in the city’s far northside. It is the home of, not only of Chinese businesses but also Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai shops. I planned to have just an iPhone walk, taking pictures of the murals on the side streets but I ended up eating at the new Hon Kee restaurant and shopping at Viet Hoa for my Filipino groceries and then having dessert at La Patisserie.



Happy New Year of the Dog!


iPhone photos of the lions at yesterday’s Lunar New Year Parade on Argyle St. in Uptown. Argyle St. is home to many ethnic-Chinese Vietnamese businesses and the heart of the Vietnamese community in the city. The parade is smaller than the one in Chinatown but it’s not too crowded and you basically see the same features of the big parade in a smaller scale.

These are iPhone photos that I took before the parade began.

Throwback, Lunar New Year 2004 Argyle St. Uptown

Fire and ice!

Scenes salvaged from the Lunar New Year celebration on Argyle St. in Uptown, Chicago back in 2004. As mentioned in a previous post, a hard drive containing my 2004 photos crashed and most of its content were unrecoverable or could be recovered at a very prohibitive cost (at that time more than $2000). But I managed to find some pictures from the Chinese New Year celebration that year – snow and firecrackers at the same time!

Back in 2004, I had an Olympus C-720 Camedia that took damn good pictures (Olympus lenses are quite good) with a 8x optical zoom but was very slow. But nevertheless, it was a great entry camera for me to serious photography and have even some photos accepted in Getty Images using this point and shoot.

Now that the lunar New Year celebration is approaching (it’s going to be on the 24th here on Argyle St. and the 25th in Chinatown), I thought I resurrect these photos from 14 years ago.

新年快乐
Xīnnián kuàilè

It’s the year of the dog!



Happy New Year of the Rooster


Pre-parade entertainment, Argyle St. New Year’s Parade, February 4, 2017