Chicago's Cook County Jail is located in Little Village, an immigrant enclave known locally as "Mexico of the Midwest." It is six miles south of Chicago's soaring skyscrapers, in a part of the city where tourists rarely venture. Twenty-Sixth Street is the hub of social life in Little Village. The storefronts are vibrant with billowy quinceañera dresses and lace-trimmed baptismal gowns in glowing white. Statues of Jesus and all the saints keep an eye on passersby through plate-glass windows. The elote man sells steaming corn on the cob from a pushcart along with Jarritos sodas in red, orange and green. There is a Dollar Store with sale signs only in Spanish and fluffy blankets to lure patrons inside. Paleteros—men selling Mexican ice pops—push carts with chiming bells along the residential streets that cross 26th, blocks filled with small, single-family brick homes. In the summer, kids run after the carts and sit on the stoops of their homes to enjoy the paletas. Every year there's a fair with a Tilt-A-Whirl and a bouncy house. Full article.