Feels Like Summer!

Hello UIC!

It sure feels like summer in the city. My neighborhood is packed, street vendors are out and barbeques are a weekly norm. Every summer there is a place where most people go to on a Sunday day. That place is, La Plaza Garibaldi, it’s like a concert outside, there are food vendors, advertisers, bull riding, horses, and music. Since this past weekend was Memorial Day it was open on Monday. One of my favorite bands came, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon, although I like them a lot, I do not like to go there because it gets really hot and usually that band comes to other locations. This is one of the main reasons why on Sundays and days when Garibaldi is open there is a lot of traffic in my neighborhood (La Villita, Little Village). It took my brother and me about twenty minutes to go three blocks to my brother’s favorite street vendor.


Living in La Villita, street vendors are found in every corner. Not all of them are the same, some might use different spices, might give more for the same price, and some might seem cleaner than other. Whatever reasons we might have, everyone always has one go to street vendor. My brother’s vendor of choice has her cart right on 26th (La veintiséis) street. When you order a fruit cup from her, you can guarantee that you get enough to feed three or four people. She is not at all skimpy. She also does a good job maintaining her stand clean and always wears gloves when handling food. I know food stands are not for everyone especially not those of weak stomach. If you do want to venture out of the norm, I invite you to Little Village.

                                                        Best Street Vendor

                                                      Gigantic Fruit Cup

My family is completely a summer family. We spend more time together during the summer. This past weekend did not fall short. On Sunday was my nephew’s birthday party, it was really fun. Monday, everyone went over to my cousin’s house for a taco day. It was a good day, the kids played in the kiddy pool, everyone ate tacos, and enjoyed the conversations.

Thanks for Reading!


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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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2 Responses to Feels Like Summer!

  1. Oscar Garcia says:

    Not to mention Prince Royce performed along with your favorite band. :D
    I did not get the chance to go to the event, but i did get the chance to meet him Thanks to my brother.
    I love the fact that your "favorite" vendor is somewhat related to me.
    Little Village is an amazing community, I miss it already :(.
    You need to come and visit me at my new apartment in Old Town. :D