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 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.
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, Michigan South of Chicago, or in Millennium park, home of the famous polished Bean sculpture. Chicago is a great place to wander around with a camera and do street photography. I was shooting a Nikon D700 at the time. You might notice that I like the color peach. It’s wonderful in Chicago when the weather is warm, as you can see. It is also brutal in the winter.
During the summer people in cold climate big cities like Chicago go wild. On the first mild days of spring all the girls are in shorts and short dresses with legs bare. That makes it a great place for candid street photography. These were shot over a two week period on long walks starting in the West Village then proceeding to downtown along Chicago avenue and on Michigan Avenue to Millenium Park. I would return to Chicago avenue on foot, but take the busback to West Village. Between the first and last of these shots, I broke down and ordered a Nikon D700.
These were shot during an unseasonably warm week in Chicago last March.
Two things I love to do in Chicago are street photography and putting on pounds eating deep dish pizza. The viewer might notice that candid street shots of girls are my trademark. Lots of hipsters are walking around with tattoos. I took the three portraits at Westfest, a street festival about two miles West of downtown in July 2009. Forget about it in the winter!