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Claudio Velez, The Tamale Guy, Heads Home From Hospital After Long Coronavirus Fight: ‘Thank You Everyone!’

Chicagoans were devastated when Velez was placed on a ventilator in critical condition after contracting COVID-19 over the summer. Locals raised more than $56,000 for his medical bills.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘The Tamale Guy’ Restaurant Opens This Week In Ukrainian Village

“I am very excited, especially with everyone who helped make this dream possible. This has always been my dream," said Claudio Velez, the "Tamale Guy."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Tamale Guy Is Opening A Ukrainian Village Restaurant

For almost two decades, Claudio Velez sold tamales out of a trademark red cooler outside bars. Now he's opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Neighborhood Groups Are Placing Big Orders To Help ‘Tamale Guy’ Get Through The Coronavirus Crisis

Neighbors in Lakeview and the West Loop have bought $2,600 in tamales in two orders alone.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop