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The Windy City Brought to Life by Matthew Hoffman

Artist and designer Matthew Hoffman’s visual love letter to the Windy City.

The portrait of Chicago’s Fulton Market District is one of true urban grit. The oldest food-marketing district in the Windy City, it brims with industrial and warehouse buildings, some of which still function as wholesale produce and meatpacking outlets. Cheaper rent attracts a diverse community—from eager artists to tech giants like Google—to this rapidly developing area, where the family-owned and -operated Blommer Chocolate Company pumps a cocoa-tinged perfume into the air that wafts down over the faded-brick buildings and laces the trees. This eclectic slice of metropolis is Chicago-based artist and designer Matthew Hoffman’s favorite neighborhood. It was the first one he explored when he moved to Chicago back in 2002, and every time he revisits it, the city feels brand new again.

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