Chicago's homeless: how to survive in a tent
Living in a tent
The polar vortex has hit Chicago this November and the city's homeless have started searching out their spots to try and withstand the long winter months.
Fighting the cold
From left to right, Maureen Mayer, Anthony Joseph Chiquete and Samfi Filand fight to stay warm as Chicago temperatures drop below freezing.
Mental and physical exhaustion
Chiquete has lost hope in the city assisting him in getting off the streets.  He has no identifiction and hasn't been able to obtain a social security card.
Passing time
Time does not pass quickly and Chiquete and Filand share stories of their difficulties living on the streets of Chicago.
Alcoholism
Chiquete and Filand both accept they are alcoholics, but need it to take their minds off their situation.  Mayer has sworn off using alcohol to fight the cold.
Urine cup
At night when it is too cold to leave the tent, a urine cup will save you from a walk to the nearby restroom at Margate Park.
Winter move
Chiquete came to the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago after feeling the South Side was too dangerous for the winter.
Sticking together
Chiquete and Mayer leave for a walk to use the restroom and buy alcohol for the night ahead.
Out for a stroll
Chiquete and Mayer leave Filand to watch the camp while they walk to the Edgewater Marianos on Sheridan Avenue.
Protecting a friend
Chiquete keeps a watchful eye out for Mayer and is sure to protect her.  Mayer feels especially vulnerable on the streets as a woman.
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A group of Chicago's homeless are living in a tent on the city's north side.
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