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.
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.
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.
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.
We rode the excruciatingly slow and high ferris wheel at Navy Pier,
walked all along Lake Michigan, and photographed the vibrant flowers juxtaposed against tall city buildings.
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.
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.