Astha Thakkar
Chicago-based graphic designer and educator

The Desi Project




Devon Avenue is a major east-west street in the Chicago metropolitan area. It begins at Chicago’s Sheridan Road, which borders Lake Michigan, and it runs west until merging with Higgins Road near O’Hare International Airport. It was originally known as Church Road, but it was renamed in the 1880s by Edgewater developer John Lewis Cochran after Devon station on the Main Line north of Philadelphia. The street has been settled by many Asian immigrant groups, which is perhaps most evident between Kedzie and Ridge Avenues in West Ridge, Chicago. My project documents ‘desiness’ as experienced by a ‘desi’ in this ‘desi corridor’ in Chicago.

Instructor: Amir Berbic
Course: Identities of Place, UIC
Printed on the risograph




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