Anthony says that Chicago is a nice place to be, but not if you are homeless. Illinois does not provide welfare assistance, so people like Anthony and his brother have to rely on panhandling to survive.
Like most homeless people near Chicago’s Loop, Anthony sleeps on Lower Wacker Drive. Many will say it’s a little warmer down below, but no one should be sleeping there.
It was a typical Chicago rainy day. Anthony could not stop coughing. My heart broke for him as I was reminded of trying to survive a cold while I was on the streets. It’s beyond horrible!