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David A. Tillman

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May 26, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up, off and on, in Rogers Park. But I also spent time in Logan Square and in the DuPage County Suburbs. What brought you to StreetWise? I was very desperate for employment, and I came here. I have been here off and on since 2008. I just didn’t[…]

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Sylvester Quast

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May 11, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? Chicago, all of my life. I spent the most formative years, from seven to 19, in Lincoln Park. The building I grew up in is one of the few buildings that is still standing, because everything else has been torn down around there. What brought you to StreetWise? I got[…]

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Carlos Marcado

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April 27, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Humboldt Park, right by Division and California. It was a very Polish neighborhood at the time. We were the outsiders. What brought you to StreetWise? I was vendor, we called it a “hustler”, for the Sun-Times and the Tribune. I used to do street corners and[…]

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Steven Allen

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April 20, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? On the South Side, in Bridgeport. It has changed since then. It used to be a pretty hard neighborhood, but it’s moving around. There is a lot of art and stuff now. What brought you to StreetWise? I wanted to sell the magazine, and be my own boss. There is[…]

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Willie Ferguson

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April 13, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chicago, around Cabrini Green. I don’t live in that neighborhood anymore, but I still visit all of the time. What brought you to StreetWise? A neighbor told me about it, he told me that he made good money doing it, and all he had to do[…]

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Vendor Robert Qualls remembers Ernie Banks

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April 6, 2015 by StreetWise

by Joseangel Ramos On Jan. 23 the world of baseball and the Chicago Cubs organization lost a hall of famer, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. One of our Streetwise vendors, Robert Qualls, reflects on his memories of Banks and shares them with Streetwise. “I first met Ernie in 1973 after a ball game and I met[…]

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Troy Dixon El

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March 30, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I am from Chicago, I grew up in Hyde Park. What brought you to StreetWise? I had heard about StreetWise well before I came to StreetWise. I had been in prison, back and forth, and I was told about StreetWise. I used to be hanging out with guys that were[…]

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Marvin Byrd

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March 17, 2015 by StreetWise

A man with a title is certainly respected but a man with a story behind that title is an example. Marvin Byrd is that example to all the vendors at StreetWise magazine because Byrd was once a vendor. Byrd is a Medical Detox Program Manager at the Methodist Hospital of Chicago where he now is[…]

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Bob Laine: IT man in the South Loop

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February 23, 2015 by StreetWise

Where did you grow up? I grew up here in Chicago, on the North Side. As a matter of fact, I was born right on the lakefront, at St. Elizabeth’s. I grew up in Hermosa (Pulaski & Fullerton) but I have always felt a kinship with the lakefront. What brought you to StreetWise? I had[…]

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Vendors invite you to visit them

John Hagan

February 19, 2015 by StreetWise

The hustle of downtown by John Hagan Everyday during the AM and PM rush hour periods, I sell StreetWise magazine on Adams street between Franklin and Wells. During the busy period I notice three different groups of people. Group one are those who are my valued StreetWise customers. They buy the magazine and value our[…]

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