A Story About Chicago by Outdoor Photographer Elaine Kessler

I never knew why it is called “The Second City” and I had no idea how interesting its architectural lineage was AND I was super impressed with its public art.

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If Chicago was as mild and lovely as it was in June of this year, I would live there.  Alas, the bitter winter it recently suffered have made a very clear case against Elaine Kessler Photography’s relocation.  As an outdoor photographer, I like shooting year round, even when it’s 112 degrees.

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I was in Evanston back in 2003 but never made it to downtown.  Hired to shoot a wedding in Oak Brook, IL, I made it a point to head downtown this visit, 11 years later.  The energy and history of the city is compelling and delicious.

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Speaking of delicious,  I found Garrett’s popcorn delectable!

We visited the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium.  We briefly took in a concert at Millennium Park, skirted the fountain at Grant Park, and witnessed the spitting at Crown Park.

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We rode the excruciatingly slow and high ferris wheel at Navy Pier,

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walked all along Lake Michigan, and photographed the vibrant flowers juxtaposed against tall city buildings.

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We took a cruise tour down the Chicago River and rode the train to and from Frank Lloyd Wright’s fair and famed Oak Park.

I will definitely return to Chi-Town. It is an outdoor photographer’s dream. I will take in comedy clubs, live theatre, live music, more public art, the Art Institute and the John Hancock building.

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I will photograph a few families along the Waterfront, maybe even ON one of those beautiful boats docked at the Chicago Yacht Club.  I will spend more time admiring the curves of the Aqua and the character of the bridges.  I will read Devil in the White City before I go  again and I will revel in the cultural and meteorological temperament distinct to the Windy City.

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