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Chelsea Stevens

A young woman bent on world (and news) domination, I am currently an undergrad student at DePaul University majoring in journalism.

Old Town and photography go hand in hand. Every time I am in the neighborhood, as long as the sun is shining (and sometimes even if its not), I catch a glimpse of at least one person strolling through the neighborhood taking pictures. The neighborhood's diversified local businesses, architecture, and residents used to attract photographers like Chuck Osgood ans still makes for a bundle of perfect snapshots today. 

Evidence of the photography craze that surrounds Old Town can be found all over the Internet. I found one of my personal favorite galleries of Old Town shots online in a Chicago Uncommon post by Dawn M. Photography. A more extensive gallery of the neighborhood can be found in the photos tagged as "Old Town Chicago" on Flickr.

Aside from producing beautiful photographs, community members from Old Town also appreciate the craft. At the Annual Old Town Art Fair there is always an extensive photography exhibit where artists from all over are able display their work for the community members and visitors of Old Town. 

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A shot I recently took of the Brown Line riding on its tracks that cut through Old Town.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Old Town's Thomas Masters Gallery was recently selected to host Art Shay True Colors, a photography exhibit that displayed color photographs by the traditional black-and-white photographer, Art Shay.

Old Town is definitely a neighborhood that supports and appreciates getting resident's creative juices flowing. Local photography in the neighborhood seems to be not only a hobby, but a local tradition for many. In fact, I've added to my own personal collection of Old Town photographs this week- check the new pictures out in my photo gallery!

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