By Adeshina Emmanuel – – Photo: Lucy Hewett.

Photo: Little Village Arch. “Bienvenidos a Little Village” — this terra cotta gateway welcomes visitors to the area.

A thriving Mexican American enclave dubbed “the Mexico of the Midwest,” there’s nothing quite like Little Village in Chicago, Illinois. The taquerias and panaderias here are top-notch, and the streets hum with energy and delicious smells — especially along 26th Street, the second-busiest shopping district in the city after the Magnificent Mile.

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