Chicago

Chicago Street and Candid Photos, Fall 2013

The Loop

The Loop

Just a few photos here from my foray downtown to the Art Institute on a cold, overcast day.

 


Walk Down Any Street

Fantasy Roof House

Fantasy Roof House

Do you ever walk down the street in an upper class neighborhood and wonder what goes on inside the beautiful homes?  Well, this isn’t just any street or collection of streets.  It is the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district in Oak Park, IL.  Most of the famous homes are on Forest Avenue, just south of Chicago Avenue.  The homes not designed by Wright make better photographic subjects because the famous ones have been photographed a zillion times.  I had good weather, some fall colors and decorations for Halloween in place on some of the homes.


The Brookfield Zoo

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Some of these photo don’t look like they were made at a zoo, and most are about water.  What do expect from me?  The final 5 photos were shot at the Chicago Botanical Gardens the next day.  Both the Tree of Life and Lilly Pads were nominated for an award at Nikongear forum, but did not win.

 


Faces of Chicago, West Fest

Blond with Tattoos

Blond with Tattoos

My Interest in Tattoos is Well Known


The Shining Bean

The Bosom of the Bean

The Bosom of the Bean

At the Famous Polished Bean Sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park


Almost Summer in Chicago

Cloudy Chicago Skyline

Cloudy Chicago Skyline

A cloudy skyline and street Portraits, scenes from Millennium Park and Belmont Harbor in Chicago populate this post.

 


Fall in Chicago

Lincoln Park Pond View

Lincoln Park Pond View

The weatherman said we were getting the last of the mild fall weather.  Indeed, the skies became overcast and it started to rain, although it did not get cold.  Nothing unusual about this trip for me, although I really did enjoy the Chicago Art Institute and its many famous paintings.  The location is convenient, just across from Millennium park and the famous reflecting Bean sculpture.  The park was full of fall colors, of course.   It might have been a coincidence, but I seemed to be finding fall yellows on and off the trees.  I come here so often and have such a strong connection with Chicago, that I really don’t feel like a tourist anymore.  Since some have asked, I did not buy a wig.


Garfield Conservatory

Boys Looking at a Bug

Boys Looking at a Bug

Garfield Park Conservatory is over 100 years old. In June of 2011 it was catastrophically damaged by a hailstorm which broke most of it’s windows. At the time of this visit temporary windows were place and restoration was continuing as donations came in. You can check them out here: http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/ . The conservatory is a great place to take kids, and we had two in tow. The yellow glass is by famous artist Dale Chihuly.


Chicago’s Last Days of Summer, Downtown

Sailors Eyes Right

Sailors Eyes Right

More from the three days immediately proceeding labor day weekend, 2011.  Most were located around Millennium Park and the famous Bean.  The Marilyn Monroe statue photo won a picture of the week award at Nikon Gear photo forum.


Chicago’s Last Days of Summer

Fountain at Division

Fountain at Division

This set was shot on the three days immediately proceeding labor day weekend, 2011, hence the title “Chicago’s Last Days of Summer”.  Most were located along Milwaukee North of Chicago.


Chicago Street Shots 0610

Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

Just a few people I saw walking the streets of Chicago.  My favorite areas are Michigan Avenue and the Ukranian Village.  The bake shop girl posed for me in Wisconsin the next day.


Chicago 0310

Between Buildings, Chicago

Between Buildings, Chicago

These were shot during an unseasonably warm week in March.


Chicago Street Portraits and Candids

Leafy Sea Dragon Tattoo

Leafy Sea Dragon Tattoo

Two things I love to do in Chicago are street photography and putting on pounds eating deep dish pizza.  Lots of hipsters are walking around with tattoos. I took the three portraits at Westfest, a street festival held about two miles West of downtown in July 2009. Forget about it in the winter!


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