Chicago | Photowalking the Windy City

This is like sharing day in kindergarten and I'm sharing some fun I have with some other local photographers when I am not shooting fabulous couples. I usually hang with this fun and motley crew known as the "Peoria Flickr Group". We get wild ideas sometimes to attack an area with our shenanigans and take lots of photos in the process. We've made the rounds around Peoria before so we decided to take this trip on the road. Yep, we hit the rails and choo-choo'd our way up to Chi-Town for a day of fun and photography.

There were

10 of us in total

: Dave, Tim, Connie, Lynn, Lily, Bill, Laura, Maria, and Ivan, and yours truly. There are actually some fun shots of everyone from the group that Dave took, you can see them here. Here is Lily, Dave, and Lynn below.

We started off the day at Union Station. It has some fantastic architecture (duh! It's Chicago, after all!)

Then we hit the streets around the Board of Trade area. The morning sky was still grey and threatened rain drops on us. We had the companions of hungry pigeons when we visited Federal Plaza and just one of Chicago's lovely sculptures. This is "Flamingo" by Alexander Calder, which was installed in 1974.

We stopped for a quick lunch break and then made a few of us made a mad dash for a sweet camera shop,

Central Camera

. I was on a mission to buy 620 film for a gifted Argoflex 75. After playing in the camera store and a quick lesson on how to properly load my new 620 film. We headed out to see Buckingham Fountain. After some shots with both my digital camera and the Argo, we all posed for silly

"jumping" group shots

. Then

Bill got kissed by "Big D" the horse

. Ha!

We meandered on to the Chicago Institue of Art on our way to Millennium Park. Here is a front view and a little pretty nook on the side of the building with a fountain.

Then we stopped at a more modern Sculpture at Millenium Park. This is "Cloud Gate"by Anish Kapoor, also loving referred to as "The Bean" for it's shape. The sculpture was completed in 2005.

And a quick shot taken with the Argo 75.

We spent a lot of time here taking silly photos of ourselves in the reflective surface both on the outside and underneath the bean. Then we got together again for a group "phoon". It was fun to watch all the people taking silly photos of themselves in the bean. We even saw a wedding party. I'm sure it is a popular photo op spot. I took a few more downtown building shots from here and then we wandered on again. As you can see that blah morning sky turned into gorgeous blue skies with big white, puffy clouds! I loved it!

One more Argo shot. =)

We stopped over by Wacker Drive and the Chicago River again. Here is a very cool clock on 35 East Wacker Dr. Followed by a view of the Wrigley Building and Chicago Tribune simply by turning around 360 degrees.

One of the last shots I got before we finished up the day at P.F. Chang's for some good food and conversation was this shot looking down the Chicago River. Chicago is such a cool city.

It was a really fun time and a great place to photowalk. I hope we do it again soon, maybe even at night. I'd love to capture the skyline at night and visit Buckingham Fountain again at night! I, of course, have many more photos, and if I get a chance, I will upload a few more to share.