Black & Caspian


There's a country called Azerbaijan. A month ago I had never heard of it. Would have confused it with the magical prison from Harry Potter.


Azerbaijan shares a border with Russia to the north, Iran to the south. To the west is Armenia and on the east coast is the Caspian Sea.

Go one country over from Armenia and you end up in Turkey. Turkey is about 10x the landmass of Azerbaijan with a population of 80 million compared to 10 million. Running along its northern coast is the Black Sea; positioned to Turkey the way Lake Superior is to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Leyla is from Azerbaijan. Ahmet from Turkey. Both started over 5,000 miles away from Chicago, yet met here in the city, and launched "Black & Caspian" at 2908 North Broadway.


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