Montrose Harbor – June 14, 2014


Yesterday’s photowalk was a botched one. I took over a hundred of pictures of the lake front from Thorndale going south to Montrose Point … before realizing that I didn’t have a memory card inside the camera! I was already finishing up the walk when I saw the warning … No Card. So I took […]

Oak Park, IL – June 8, 2014


Today’s photowalk is around Oak Park, IL, a progressive village just west of Chicago. Oak Park is an architecture mecca because of the large number of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses, the largest collection in the world. Many of the houses featured in this post are by Wright or by his disciples. Oak Park is also […]

The neighborhood beach – June 1, 2014


Today’s photowalk was at the local beach in the Edgewater Community in Chicago’s far northside. My building is right on the beach, so I just walked alongside Thorndale, Ardmore and Hollywood beaches. Hollywood beach is the gay beach in Chicago. Lots of bodies on display out there today.

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – May 26, 2014


This morning’s photowalk was at the Memorial Day parade and celebration that started in West Andersonville, a part of the Edgewater community and ended in Rosehill Cemetery in Ravenswood, a neighborhood in the Lincoln Square community in Chicago’s northside. The ceremony for Civil War veterans at the end of the celebration was quite interesting – […]

Bike the Drive – May 25, 2014


About 21,000 cyclists took over Chicago’s scenic Lakeshore Drive on Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend. For about 5 hours, from 5:30 – 10:30 AM, cars were banned from a 14-mile stretch of the Drive so that cyclists from all ages and all walks of life could bike along the highway leisurely and safely. Fun!

Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown, Chicago – May 18, 2014


With my friends, Sen and Victoria, I went out to Chinatown for Sunday lunch at the Lao Sze Chuan, Victoria’s favorite restaurant. (She’s from the Szechuan province in China.) Sen and I went ahead by water taxi so we can take photos of the buildings along the river and then of Ping Tom Park in […]

Tilt! – May 11, 2014


Commercial photo from Chicago 360 Tilt! isthe newest Chicago attraction. It’s a viewing platform on the 94th floor of the 360 Chicago tower (formerly John Hancocok Center) that tilts 30 degrees, giving the viewer a vertigo-inducing view of Chicago’s downtown. They don’t let you bring your camera while on the steel and glass platform, so […]

The Raising of the Chicago Bridges – May 3, 2014


Yesterday, I was on the river walk and witnessed the raising of the bridges to let boat traffic pass through to the lake. During the boat run, there are 27 bridges that they have to open practically one at a time, sequentially. They schedule the opening of the bridge to let boats pass through from […]

The Flower Garden – April 26, 2014


Spring is here! And the daffodils are blooming at the Adler Planetarium’s slopes, lakeside at the back. Happy birthday to you FB friends!

The Way of the Cross – April 18, 2014


Every Good Friday, the Pilsen community re-enacts the Via Crucis, Jesus Christ’s suffering on his way to his crucifixion in Calvary. I had photographed this event previously in 2011, so I thought I photograph it again, three years later. It’s becoming to be my pilgrimage, a substitute for the Via Crucis that we have in […]

Borders – April 18, 2014


Borders is a new public art installation comprising of 13 pairs of iron and aluminum human figures scattered about in the Solti Garden in Grant Park just south of the Art Institute (on the northwest corner of Michigan and Jackson). The life-size, sort of emotionless sculptures are by renowned Icelandic artist, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir and are […]

The Murals of Pilsen – April 18, 2014


The Pilsen Community in Chicago’s Southwest side has a rich tradition of street art – both legit and guerilla. I went for a short walk on Good Friday around 16th St. Starting from the train station, and if I recall it right, going three blocks east, two blocks north, four blocks west, three blocks south, […]

Maxwell St. Market – April 13, 2014


Tamales maker and vendor on Maxwell St. The man holding the money is her barker. Maxwell St. Market is a long-running outdoor flea market located just south west corner of downtown Chicago. This present location on Roosevelt and Desplaines is its 3rd iteration from its original location on Maxwell St. and Halsted. The market has […]

Navy Pier and Vicinity – April 6, 2014


They are renovating Navy Pier … reimagining it to open in the spring. It is still open during construction, so I went to see what’s going on. It’s weird to see the Ferris Wheel without the gondolas.

Chicago Riverwalk – March 30, 2014


Today’s photowalk was along the Chicago River. I was going to a brunch at Carnivale on Fulton St. so I figured, I would just walk from Michigan Ave. along the river on Wacker Drive to take photos of the buildings along the river, on the way to the restaurant. It was fun, and I had […]

Earth Hour 2014


Earth Hour, halfway through the hour For this evenings Earth Hour, I went up the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center (now named 360 Chicago), to photograph the dimming of the lights of some of the buildings of Chicago. I arrived and sat down at my favorite area to photograph about half a minute […]

Short Visit to the Art Institute of Chicago – March 23, 2014


I just realized I still have a membership with the Art Institute till May … so right after lunch, I trekked to downtown, first to Millennium Park where I did some incredible blue sky shots and then to the Modern Wing of the Art Institute via the Nichols Bridge. First I took some shots from […]

Agora – March 16, 2014


Today’s photowalk features “Agora,” a 106-piece installation by Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. Each piece is a 9-feet tall iron cast headless shell of a figure in walking movement. The installation is located in south Grant Park, on the corner of Roosevelt and S. Michigan Ave. To really appreciate the spiritual nature of the installation, one […]

Wrigley – March 9, 2014


Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, will be playing host to Major League Baseball for the 100th season in 2014 — and to the Cubs for the 98th year.

Education Pavilion – March 2, 2014


Today’s photowalk was at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nature Boardwalk, specifically photographing the education pavilion designed by MacArthur Foundation genius awardee, Jeanne Gang. From their website: A pavilion integrated into the boardwalk sequence provides shelter for open-air classrooms on the site. Inspired by the tortoise shell, its laminated structure consists of prefabricated, bent-wood members and a […]

Chicago Picasso – February 23, 2014


Last week-end’s photowalk concentrated solely in the loop – particularly the Chicago Picasso sculpture at the Daley Plaza. I didn’t venture much, this was my first foray alone photographing since the death of my partner on February 10. It was quite liberating to have my creative juices flowing again. I even got one photo from […]

My Instagrams


I had some free time yesterday … so I spent about two hours on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center photographing the deep freeze below. I also had a shot some Instagrams just for the heck of it.

Magnificent Mile and N. Lakeshore Drive – January 26, 2014


Enough already. Woke up to more snow and workers clearing the sidewalks around Streeterville and Magnificent Mile (Huron and N. Michigan area and east). Yup, enough already. I still have to go back out there … and then drive to Indiana early in the morning tomorrow. Hope they cancel Monday!!! ouo

Short walk at Montrose Beach, January 12, 2014


Divvying on a nice day