Immigrant Owned

Immigrant Owned is an ongoing project that highlights and honors the cultural and economic contribution of immigrants to the many diverse neighborhoods of Chicago utlizing photographic interiors and environmental portraits.

Immigrant Owned Project Statement

America has always been a place of promise and potential. People from all over the world for generations have immigrated to this country for a fresh start, a better future for their children and to become Americans. My interest is in building relationships that explore the roots of immigrant business, the local and specific spaces that give character to any neighborhood. These places are where people carve out space for themselves, their families and new immigrants on their own terms. Through portraiture and photographs of interior spaces, my work renders an essential and often overlooked part of the American economy. Many people think that immigrants come to the United States to “take”, but in reality they contribute to our economy by creating jobs and paying taxes. Immigrants take entrepreneurial risks and are the embodiment of the American dream. My work is a reminder that immigrant owned businesses are as American as it gets. 

-Jonathan Michael Castillo

 

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Casa De Cambio, Chicago (Cicero) - 2017
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Casa De Cambio, Chicago (Cicero) - 2017

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Rocky, Khan Barbeque Restaurant, Chicago (Little India) - 2019
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Rocky, Khan Barbeque Restaurant, Chicago (Little India) - 2019

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Martha's Unisex, Chicago (Cicero) #2 - 2017
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Martha's Unisex, Chicago (Cicero) #2 - 2017

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Maribel and Maya, La Michoacana Paleteria, Chicago (Kimball) - 2018
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Maribel and Maya, La Michoacana Paleteria, Chicago (Kimball) - 2018

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Todos De Mexico, Chicago (Little Village) - 2021
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Todos De Mexico, Chicago (Little Village) - 2021

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Erika and Debby, A Plus Items and More, Chicago (Kilbourn Park) - 2022
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Erika and Debby, A Plus Items and More, Chicago (Kilbourn Park) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Jazmin Flowers, Chicago (Pilsen) - 2022
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Jazmin Flowers, Chicago (Pilsen) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Dora, Kaneshie Supermarket, Chicago (Uptown) - 2022
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Dora, Kaneshie Supermarket, Chicago (Uptown) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Little Village Laundry, Chicago (Little Village) #3 - 2023
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Little Village Laundry, Chicago (Little Village) #3 - 2023

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Maria, Miranda's Salon, Chicago (Pilsen) - 2018
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Maria, Miranda's Salon, Chicago (Pilsen) - 2018

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Chandi Exclusive, Chicago (Little India) - 2021
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Chandi Exclusive, Chicago (Little India) - 2021

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Will, Ni Yi Xuan Gift Shop, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2019
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Will, Ni Yi Xuan Gift Shop, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2019

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Romanian Kosher Sausage Co., Chicago (Rogers Park) - 2022
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Romanian Kosher Sausage Co., Chicago (Rogers Park) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Yuzhen, Yummy Yummy Noodles, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2022
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Yuzhen, Yummy Yummy Noodles, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Stanislawa, Szarotka Flowers, Chicago (Avondale) - 2022
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Stanislawa, Szarotka Flowers, Chicago (Avondale) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Sunlight Cafe and Bakery, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2018
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Sunlight Cafe and Bakery, Chicago (Chinatown) - 2018

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Ivel, Gaudalupano #3, Chicago (Gage Park) - 2023
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Ivel, Gaudalupano #3, Chicago (Gage Park) - 2023

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Chicago Clippers, Chicago (Cicero) - 2018
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Chicago Clippers, Chicago (Cicero) - 2018

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Joanna, Polish Vibes Gift Gallery, Chicago (Belmont Central) - 2022
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Joanna, Polish Vibes Gift Gallery, Chicago (Belmont Central) - 2022

© Jonathan Michael Castillo - Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine, Chicago (Uptown) - 2022
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Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine, Chicago (Uptown) - 2022

Immigrant Owned by Jonathan Michael Castillo

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