Downtown Chicago in Photos

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to play tourist here in Chicago a bit. I took a photo tour with photographer Ralph Velasco that spanned several hours on a Friday evening and again early on Sunday morning (he also did two Saturday sessions in which I did not participate). While I conceivably could head to downtown Chicago on my own any given weekend and take many of the same shots in the same places, I still found the tour worthwhile.

For one, it “forced” me to actually do it.  While I keep thinking how I’d love to spend more time just wandering around Chicago taking pictures, I rarely make time to do it. Paying $89 per session for a photo tour meant I would make it a priority.

And two, it can be inspiring to explore the city with other photographers – to see what they focus on and what kind of shots they try to find. It pushes me to think outside the box  a little more and perhaps discover angles that I may not otherwise discover.

Now I just need to push myself to do this again in other parts of the city on my own.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:

Crown Fountain

Lurie Garden

Millennium Park bridge

Michigan Ave bridge

Tribune Tower


Trump Tower

Bean at Night

View from Museum Campus

Chicago skyline

Lakefront runner



Divvy bikes

View from boat

River view

El tracks

4 thoughts on “Downtown Chicago in Photos”

  1. Nice photos! I’ve never been to Chicago so… I guess next time I come to the USA I’ll have to plan a stop over there! 🙂

    1. Yes! Everyone seems to skip over Chicago because we’re not on a coast – but there’s so much to see here! 🙂

  2. Beautiful pics, Katie! You have talent! Your blog is amazing – you are really living life. I tweet all your posts…

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