I was born and raised in Chicago. I have been here all my life. I have never moved anywhere else, not even away to college. This seems to be a bit unusual for some. I have friends that have move around the US to attend college, or get a job elsewhere. Some do stay away, but quite a bit come back home. I do think about moving sometimes, but that thought that does last long. However, I think that being here ALL.THE.TIME. can mean that I sometimes take the city for granted. But, all it takes is one visit to downtown Chicago and I remember exactly why I love this city.
Even though I now live in the far south suburbs, I visit the city quite often. All the happenings are in the city. Visiting downtown gives me the opportunity to see the sights. There are several beautiful places downtown and beyond that I love to visit when I am pretending to be a tourist. Whether you were born and raised here, or you are visiting, there is plenty to do and see. You know never know… you may just get a new appreciation for our city. There is a reason why so many movies are filmed here. Chicago is a beautiful backdrop. Here are a few of my favorite places that are the setting for many memorable and priceless moments and photos.
1. Cloud Gate: “The Bean” as it's known to many is my favorite place in Chicago to take photos. Being able to circle the Bean and take in the many different angles provides no shortage of awesome views. Take pictures of yourself in the Bean, reflections of buildings in the Bean, or just the Bean itself. It is stunning whether night or day.
2. Buckingham Fountain: The Fountain provides endless oohs and ahhs and fun during summers in Chicago. It is kind of like a huge centerpiece on the table that is the city. During the Taste of Chicago it is right in the middle of the action. The Fountain is the background of many, many wedding photos. I even remember when a friend, which I will let remain nameless, got in trouble as a teen for climbing up to the top of the fountain during the Taste. LOL. The police were not happy.
3. Osaka Japanese Garden: This is a hidden gem on the South Side of Chicago. Nestled behind the Museum of Science and Industry many do not even know that it exists. When I first saw it I fell in love instantly! I had the pleasure of photographing a newly married couple there not too long ago.
4. Milliennium Park: I already mentioned Cloud Gate, which is technically in Milliennium Park, but the rest of the park is great also. The powers that be in Chicago do a great job of changing up some of the scenery by showcasing art pieces by various artists. Most recently are the pigs pictured below.
5. The Beach: Here in Chicago we are lucky to have great beaches. While it is not the ocean, it is still great to be able to go to the beach on a warm summer day. And depending on where you stand, you can get an awesome view and shot of the city.
I do love my city. Don't get me wrong… I love to travel and see new places, but each and every time that plane touches down back here in Chicago I let out a sigh of relief…. not just because I'm glad that the flight was safe, but also because it is good to be home!