I was sent to Chicago on business during the summer of 2007. It was my first time to the city. The trip was 3 days long at the end of July.
I flew from Baltimore-Washington International airport to O’hare. I carried my Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 24mm f/2.8, vivitar 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 and vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 with me along with a few filters, 2 rolls of superia 800, 2 rolls of reala, 2 rolls of superia 400 and 1 roll of Ilford XP2 super and a cable release all stuffed into my Lowepro Nova 2 AW bag. This was then placed in a backpack with a few other odds and ends as my carry-on.
The first day in Chicago I had to myself as my business conference wasn’t until the next day. I stopped by my hotel before noon, but I wasn’t able to check in yet so I left my checked bag there and went out to explore the city some. I went up to the Art Institute of Chicago and explored it for a few hours as well as walked through Grant park. Afteward I checked into my hotel room, showered and headed out for an evening of wandering. I walked up Roosevelt Rd to cross the Chicago river and head by the train yards. On my way back I noticed that there was a set of stairs at the edge of the bridge leading down to the tracks. I headed down and wandered around a bit, but not far. The area under the bridge looked like it had been neglected for decades.
That evening found me wandering wabash St. to find a restaurant. The next day I was at my business conference for most of the day, so there was little photography opportunities until the evening.After the conference I wandered up to Navy Pier taking the El. I wandered all over navy pier including the amusement park and snapped a number of pictures. After wandering Navy pier I headed back toward my hotel and stopped in a great retaurant to grab some of the famous Chicago pizza.
After dinner I headed back to my hotel room to turn in for the night, but first I snapped some pictures in a couple of the El stops on the way back and near my hotel.
The next day I attended the conference in the morning and my flight back was in the afternoon, but I had a couple of hours before I had to head to O’hare so I wandered near my hotel a little bit more. The architecture in Chicago is always so very interesting with fun juxtapositions of size and styles located right next to each other.