The city is full of temporary Chicagoans, or simply tourists, all around the downtown area. South Michigan Ave is home to many green areas such as Millennium Park and cultural areas like the Art Institute of Chicago. From Congress Pkwy to Wacker Drive, visitors and Chicagoans can stroll through the city’s natural playgrounds and scenery... Read more »
Bridgeport has become one of the city’s new art scenes. The Zhou Brothers Art Center on 35th Street hosts many art events in their mostly industrial space. I won tickets to attend the Food Truck Artistry where some of Chicago’s chefs and food vendors sampled the goodies.
The first installation of a new art and performance festival named FIGMENT was an immediate success. The artists and volunteers led by Chicagoan Elysia Lock created a world inside of our own Garfield Park Conservatory. For two days, it was home to extraordinary and interactive art that inspired and entertained many. If you missed FIGMENT... Read more »
house parties to store parties, music is everywhere in the city.
Sometimes we Chicagoans have to get in our cars, borrowed or otherwise, and head to the ‘burbs for some entertainment. Last weekend I photographed the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel organized by www.vilianarts.com
Friday night I was lucky enough to let my hair down for a while at Harbees in Chicago’s south side neighborhood, Pilsen. Local DJ and friend Cedeño led the crowd to a dancing beat that made capturing the faces a bit challenging. Hoping you can feel the energy in some of these shots.
Over the years I’ve worked at places where I have some access to local celebrities and heroes. Here are some of my favorites.
Lill Street Learning Center had an open house last weekend allowing attendees to try a few of their classes. The classrooms and work areas were open to the public and current students were around to answer questions, direct people through the maze of a building and demonstrate their skills learned at the center.
Every Wednesday the Green Mill in Uptown hosts Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, a “gypsy-jazzy” band who play and get lost in the musical trance.
The biggest fire the city has seen in seven years happened last week on South Ashland Avenue. It was so cold, the building turned into what looked like an ice sculpture. The fire rekindled two days later and firemen were on the ice trying to put out the fire, cleaning up and even taking pictures... Read more »