What's it like to grow up in Little Village?


Early 90's: Primas and photobooth silliness at Ford City Mall.

Love in the time of Aqua Net and Crushed Cherries
was a piece I wrote a few years back when my friend Diana Pando posed the question, “What’s it like to grow up in the Little Village neighborhood?”  I didn’t start off writing about love–it’s a theme that emerged as the piece evolved and I allowed the creative process to guide me on a journey that ultimately led me back to my youth.  Below is the segment that includes the radio edit of this story–it aired on Vocalo on WBEZ a couple of weeks back.

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Did you grow up in Little Village?  Perhaps you grew up elsewhere but what was it like for you?  How does that story compare to what you read and see on the news and media?

You can share with us via the comments or drop us a line if you would like to guest blog.  Another avenue you might be interested in: Vocalo Storytelling Workshop is currently recruiting for a new group of storytellers deadline is April 16th.

2 Responses to “What's it like to grow up in Little Village?”

  1. Emmanuel says:

    I love the picture!

  2. Gecks says:

    I loved “Love in the Time of Aqua Net and Crushed Cherries.” (I heard it on Vocalo’s WBEZ segment) I’m not female or Latino but this piece conjured up a lot of nostalgia and, strangely enough, was very relatable. Your piece just captured an atmosphere and attitude that rang very familiar, even as a male foreign to the Little Village neighborhood.

    I’m very pleased that you’ve posted it here as I searched soon after it aired to see whether it was available via a podcast all to no avail. I’d like for others to hear this piece as well.


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