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The Kenwood L: Gone and Nearly Forgotten, Part 2

The Kenwood L: Gone and Nearly Forgotten, Part 2

Article and images by Frederick Nachman.

To read Part One

The former Kenwood L line provides much to explore. Its right-of-way, mostly parallel to E. 40th Street, still mostly exists, as do the facades of all but two former stations. This makes for interesting photo opportunities, some for their colorful artwork and most for the stark reminder of bygone days.

The original six Kenwood L stations…

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Private Photo Shoot at Butterflies and Blooms

Private Photo Shoot at Butterflies and Blooms

Image by Anne Belmont

Join Anne Belmont and me on Wednesday, August 6th for a private photo shoot at the Chicago Botanic Garden Butterflies and Blooms exhibition. We are renting out the space before it opens from 8-9:30am. Join us at 7:45am outside the exhibition for some quick butterfly photography tips from Anne before we start the shoot.

To cover the cost of the rental, it is only $20 a person…

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Gothic Glory at the University of Chicago

Gothic Glory at the University of Chicago

Article by Wendy Bright.  Images by Chris Smith.

The University of Chicago campus (55th to 61st Streets, the Illinois Central tracks to Cottage Grove) is a favorite of Out of Chicago photographers.  A short trip to Hyde Park and suddenly you are transported to another time, another place.  But what place and time might that be?

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The University is relatively new in the grand scheme; it was founded…

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The Kenwood L: Gone and Nearly Forgotten

The Kenwood L: Gone and Nearly Forgotten

Article and images by Frederick Nachman.

Part One

Back when L lines weren’t named after colors, back when they featured A and B stops, several now-defunct lines operated in Chicago: the Humboldt Park, Stock Yards, Normal Park and Garfield Park. Although most left behind few, if any, remnants, the former Kenwood L line provides much to explore. Its right-of-way, mostly parallel to E. 40th Street,…

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The Best Parking Garages for Chicago Photographers: OOC Episode 11

The Best Parking Garages for Chicago Photographers: OOC Episode 11

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Photo Destination: Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Photo Destination: Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Article and images by Pat Coddington.

If you like the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, you will probably enjoy the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. This 12-acre site is only a 1-1.5 hour drive from downtown Chicago (there’s currently construction on I-90, so plan accordingly).

The Gardens were established in the late 1970s by a local Rockford businessman, John Anderson. He…

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Creating Impact: Storytelling in Street Photography by Marie Laigneau

Creating Impact: Storytelling in Street Photography by Marie Laigneau

Marie Laigneau was a favorite presenter at the Out of Chicago Conference and she has graced us again with a free eBook based on her presentation. Marie may be the best photographer I know at describing her thought process when shooting. This book puts all of this together in one place.

If you don’t follow Marie’s blog, be sure to check out marielaigneau.com.

Read and download the book here.

Thank…

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Photo Destination: The Morton Arboretum - An Outdoor Museum

Photo Destination: The Morton Arboretum – An Outdoor Museum

Article and images by Rich Flansburg.

Summer, fall, winter, and spring – there is no bad time for photographers to visit The Morton Arboretum in west-suburban Lisle, IL.

I’ve been visiting the Morton Arboretum since I was in high school when we had to hitch up the horses and take the buggy… not really.   But I have been frequenting the “Arbo” for a long time.  It is a great place to run and walk,…

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Straight Up with Angie McMonigal

Straight Up with Angie McMonigal

Angie McMonigal is the best photographer I know at finding new angles and compositions in architecture. I try my best when I’m shooting with her to steal, I mean learn, her techniques. One thing she does better than most is the straight up shot.

What is it that Angie does that makes her straight up shot better than the rest of us? If you go out and shoot with her, you’ll see her looking straight…

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An Architectural Photographic Challenge: The Street of 40 Doors

An Architectural Photographic Challenge: The Street of 40 Doors

Steps away from raucous Wrigleyville lies an entirely different world. One-block-long historic Alta Vista Terrace in the Lake View neighborhood hearkens back to ye olde London.  There is a peace and the hush of old world graciousness in this little tucked-away block on Chicago’s north side.

Have you ever been there?  Have you ever photographed it?   From what I have seen from my visits and from…

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