Chicago at street level

Eddie Quinones started taking pictures of Chicago streetscapes around 2000. He had no background in photography but loved studying the work of several favorite artists. Years of refining his craft on the streets of Chicago bolstered his confidence and led him to enroll in the University of Missouri’s graduate program in photojournalism in 2005. In 2009, after working for a newspaper, he launched a career as a freelancer. Quinones lives in Whiting, IN, and works primarily in Chicago.

The photos below are from his ongoing “The Onion Field” project, which documents the life of the city through street scenes. As his website explains: “Checagou” is a French version of the Native American word “shikaakwa,” referring to the wild onions that once grew where the city now stands. His other projects include a portfolio of portraits of Latino entrepreneurs. “I wanted to go around Chicagoland and document people who own their own businesses,” he says. “We’re not always restaurant workers or auto mechanics.” Find more of Quinones’ work at his website.

Pedestrians walk through heavy snow in middle of winter on Irving Park Rd. in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood. Photography by Eddie Quinones.

First Chicago snowfall of winter. Photography by Eddie Quinones.

A shaft of light hits a pedestrian on Adams St. in Chicago's financial district. Photography by Eddie Quinones.

Kids in Pilsen playing soccer on the sidewalk after school during an unusually warm day in March. Photography by Eddie Quinones.

Hoosier Mama Pie Shop on Chicago Ave. Photography By Eddie Quinones.