As new refugees from places like Burma, Bhutan and the Congo struggle to gain a foothold in the U.S., an urban gardening experiment in Chicago’s Albany Park is providing not just food, but ‘spiritual happiness.’
Aaron’s been telling me about meeting his wife on an online dating site. Now, they live together in a house in Albany Park. I think my first email was like, Hey I like your profile. Do you wanna go run with squirrels, laugh with small children, and scare the old people?
Aaron Karmin is a mental health counselor, and he recently got married. “Chicago’s been good to me,” he says. “I can’t complain. I always say, I’m a Chicago ambassador I go around and I tell people, Chicago’s a fantastic city.”
A former punk enthusiast, Office Eric Jones was a new member of the Chicago police force when I first met him a few years ago. One of the first interviews I conducted for this project, Eric remains an intriguing character: a friend of a friend, who happened to also be a cop.