Our guide this week: A. Allen, 60, has been a StreetWise vendor for around seven years. He sells at an L-Train station where he is constantly asked to give directions and change for ticket machines. He also helps train new vendors, teaching selling techniques and sharing his ‘work smarter, not harder’ ethos.
My sweet home
Chicago is an interesting city, we offer a variety of different types of entertainment.
We have some good food, we have a lot of museums, we have a lot of theatres and there is the Magnificent Mile. That’s where a lot of people from all over the world go shopping because you have all the brand name stores.
The best park
They host a lot of events in Millennium Park and most of them are free.
For instance, during the summer they have the Blues Festival, the Jazz Festival and a lot of outdoor entertainment. The Bean [a public sculpture designed by British artist Sir Anish Kapoor] is right across the street from Millennium Park. Its official name is Cloud Gate, we just call it the Bean. People love the Bean. Every time you go there you’ll see a crowd of people taking pictures.
My favourite area
One of my favourite areas is the Hyde Park, by Lake Michigan.