A Weekend in Chicago

Planning their trip at the Bean

Planning their trip at the Bean

We went to Chicago in April for a wedding and had just a few hours to run around town.  We cabbed it to Millennium Park and walked back to our hotel via Michigan Avenue with a detour to the Navy Pier.  Here is what you will see.

Our first night in town we went up to the top of the John Hancock building.  What a sight.

The view North

The view south

The view North

The view north

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, aka the Bean, is the most photographed landmark in Chicago and for good reason.  See Mary’s other two blogs (One and Two) about photographing this one of a kind public artwork.

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The view under the bean changes constantly

The view under the bean changes constantly

Do not stand on the benches.  This is me just a second before being yelled by the security guards

Do not stand on the benches. This is me just a second before being yelled at by the security guards (see the large gentleman in green coming at me)

We also explored the Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Garden, BP Bridge, and Nichols Bridgeway.

Pritzker Pavilion from the  BP Bridge

Pritzker Pavilion from the BP Bridge

Looking south on the BP Bridge

Looking south on the BP Bridge

Under the Pavilion

Under the Pavilion

Detail from the BP Bridge

Detail from the BP Bridge

The Lurie Garden was bare, but we found this little guy

The Lurie Garden was bare, but we found this little guy

The view from the Nichols Bridgeway.  Remember to wait for the train

The view from the Nichols Bridgeway. Remember to wait for the train

On Michigan Avenue, there are countless beautiful buildings to photograph.  We did not have time to do interiors, but we just loved the exteriors.

New and Old

New and Old

We then walked over to the Navy Pier.  I would not recommend walking inside as it was pandemonium, but doing a loop around the pier gives you many different views of the lighthouse and back at the city.

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It was a very long day and walk, but well worth it.

Finally, the wedding reception was at North Pond in Lincoln Park and we got one more photo.

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We went super light on this trip. Mary used her new Fuji camera system and I used by Sony RX100 and a Canon G12 converted to infrared.  Next week see our review for three new cameras – Canon 5D Mark III, the Fujifilm X-E2, and the Sony RX100 Mark II.

Here is THE essential (and comprehensive) guide to photographing Chicago.

To see (and buy) more of our photos, please go to www.pamphotography.com.

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