This walk was conducted late afternoon on July 7. I called this the Real Fake Walk because it started at the Real Fake sculpture that was just recently installed near the Wabash Ave. Bridge on E. Wacker. I walked with frequent walker buddy, Scott McMorrow of Scott McMorrow Events and Portraits. From there, we headed downstairs and walked along the River Walk through to the new extension of the walk to the west. We stopped for a little while photographing another public art installation, called The Deer, that just cropped up along the southwest bank of the river almost at the end of the walk.
We then went back upstairs to Wacker Drive, crossed the Randolph St. Bridge to hangout at the River Point Plaza to observe river traffic from this vantage point – the point where the Chicago River forks into its north and south branches. The River Point Plaza, fronting the sparkling new high rise called River Point, has just been opened to the public. (In fact when we were there, the river front level was still closed.) This spot gives a great and fresh view of the Chicago River facing east.
We then went back to the Riverwalk, heading east and ending the walk at the N. Michigan Ave. Bridge. By that time, it was already about 9 o’clock in the evening.
Last April 8, a group of us, who now we call “The Early Risers” (because we tend to start our walks way before sunrise), met up and did a marathon photo shoot from basically sunrise to sundown. I left the house at 5:21 AM and arrived back at the house at 5:21 PM.
These photos are from the part 4 and 5 of the walk which was the Garfield Park Conservatory and then the River North legs, respectively.
On April 8, a bunch of like-minded photographers decided to meet up just before sunrise at North Ave. Beach to photograph the rising of the sun. They decided that it was too much fun to waste the morning … so they continued their meet-up to which ever place first popped up in their collective minds.
This is part 3 of their continuing walk – from the Loop to the Riverwalk leg. On their way, they found dead birds that hit buildings on their migration and turned over trash compactor, most of them, on Wacker Drive.
The Riverwalk is a fairly new addition to Chicago – it has always been there, of course, but its development as a public destination probably happened in the early 2000. Now, it is an open pedestrian promenade from the lake to its fork when the river splits into its north and south branches. The walk has restaurants along with public seating and resting places, boat rentals and other activities. There seems to be some theme as you walk along – from upscale restaurants in the west end which is more architecturally landscaped with concrete seating and metal railings to a more down to earth atmosphere in the east end with funkier bars and rustic landscaping (plastic seating here folks) and loud music in the east end.
February’s Drink and Click® Chicago shoot was at the Riverwalk to fulfill the theme ‘bridges.’ February 10, 2017
The Drink Part was at the Side Bar on LaSalle.
The Click Part was at the River Walk. Here’s the group shot courtesy of Tom Tran.
The rest of the shoot:
It took me three days to somewhat get out of this post-election funk and go out to join and photograph the ongoing street protests against the election of Trump. That was Friday, November 11, 2016.
But first, was a stop at my friends’ usual watering hole, LaBriola on Michigan, to commisurate, have my favorite beer of the moment (Stella Artois) and feel a little bit better.
Then to the Vietnam Memorial to pay tribute to veterans (hey, my father was a veteran).
Then on to the trenches.