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Chicago in October... What do I HAVE to see?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by baseballer, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. baseballer

    baseballer Guest

    I'll be flying up for a business trip to Chicago.
    I'll be staying a few extra days to see the city, etc.

    What do I have to see? What's a great place to get some downtown photography at night?

    Yes, I plan early.
  2. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005
    Millennium Park is a MUST SEE both day and night:






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    The Water Tower is also a MUST SEE:


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  3. Toby D

    Toby D

    Mar 7, 2006
    Chicago makes for a mighty long list. For night work I'd say Navy Pier, along the Lake and the Museum Campus (Shedd, Field, etc) It juts out from the shore a bit and gives nice perspective. Buckingham Fountain, too, with great views of the old Chicago lakeside skyline as well as the city downtown.

    Navy Pier has a lot going on, plenty of bright light and a pretty interesting place. It's North of the river. Buckingham is just south of Congress, Museums are by Soldier Field so you can see relative placements. Just North of Congress is the Art Institute, also worth a visit and some stuff outside around it.

    Remember, there is no statue of Lincoln in Lincoln Park or statue of Grant in Grant Park, but each has a statue of the other in their respective parks.

    And like John sez, the Watertower, great for day or night on the Mag Mile.

    Please report back with images.

  4. And remember to contact the Chicago Guys and shoot together. A great group of wonderful people.
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  5. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    There is so much to see and shoot in Chicago, the more interesting question is, "do you have a rock solid tripod and enough memory cards?". As in most big cities, Chicago goes 24 hours per day and is an ideal place for street shooting. If night photography is your passion, here are some places to consider:

    The Chicago Theatre
    Wrigley Building
    The Chicago River
    The Chicago Skyline from The Planatarium
    North Michigan Avenue
    Buckingham Fountain
    The Merchantile Exchange Building
    The city in all directions from the observation deck of the Hancock Building
    Monroe or Burnham Harbors
    North State Street

    You bring your gear and we'll put you into the best places to shoot from.
  6. kwork


    Jun 8, 2006
    In October, you probably won't see the Cubs (at least not on the field)

    Chicago is #1 on my top 3 list of cities I'd like to see next (in the US)
    Have fun and share with us when you get back
  7. pjwarneka


    Oct 30, 2006
    www.metromix.com <------- You will need this site for Chicago.

    Also great nightlife lights and foot traffic @ Rush and State st. Neon lights, Exotic cars, taxis the works.

    then walk east past the brownstones owned by the Crowns, Kennedys, and Pritzkers gets you to Lake Shore Drive - beautiful Night view of the Drake Hotel sign and more.

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