The Magnificent Mile of Chicago!
The winning photo at the 2nd Scott Kelby Photowalk led by Dan Ablan
I joined the 2nd Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk with Dan Ablan in the Magnificent Mile/Old Town area (Michigan Ave/Chicago Ave west to the El then North to Oak St.). I originally wanted to walk with Charlie Guild’s group in the historic Chicago area but his walk filled up fast. I had a pleasure of walking with Charlie in the first Scott Kelby walk in 2008 in Lincoln Park.
But I am glad I joined this group because I won the best of group photo and more importantly, we witnessed a subway fire!
Worldwide Photowalk Chicago – Michigan Ave. – photographs from other walk participants
July 18th 2009, Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk
Scott Kelby Photowalk
I often go the Water Tower, the only public building that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and one of the few still standing structures that remained from that fire. I especially like to hang out in the park and sit on benches to people watch, and of course to photograph.
The park around the Water Tower was remodelled in 1999 (completed in 2000) not only to become more accessible and safe for pedestrian but also to enhance its aesthetics with new flower beds (usually white tulips during spring and then some other white-flowering plant after that), new masonry, a fountain – and especially the Parisian benches that very well serve as a respite for weary shoppers. The park was designed by Victor Skrebneski, the noted Chicago-based photographer, known for his portraits and fashion photography. Apparently he lives or lived nearby. I remember reading that he used to walk his dog(s) in the park and thus had personal interest in beautifying the site.
For me, the Water Tower Park is one of the gems of Chicago, a laid back, airy park near the upscale shops of the Magnificent Mile. An added bonus is the historic Water Tower itself which has been transformed into a photography gallery showcasing Chicago.