Out Of Chicago

From www.OutOfChicago.com, the Chicago photographer's companion and photo blog.

A Flamingo in Federal Plaza

A Flamingo in Federal Plaza

Article by Wendy Bright.  Images by Angie McMonigal.

Federal Plaza in the Loop (Dearborn at Adams) is one of those Chicago places in which a tour guide feels herself especially useful.  Three austere black box buildings around a plaza with a giant orange metal creature in the middle… it doesn’t instantly make sense or perhaps deliver visual pleasure.

Until… you have said tour guide interpret the…

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Frosted Bean 2.0: Applying What I Know Now to What I Didn’t Know Then

Frosted Bean 2.0: Applying What I Know Now to What I Didn’t Know Then

Article and images by Erik Lykins

I was showing off a portfolio of prints recently and a question came up about what I see when I look at my own photos. I get a lot of positive feedback when I show them to friends and family members, but what do I see when I look at my own work?  The first thing that came to my mind was that I see photos that are better than ones I created when I first started…

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Summer at the Chicago Botanic Garden: OOC Episode 12

Photographing Detroit

As the guy that runs Out of Chicago, I try not to let it be too well known that I’m originally from the Detroit area. I haven’t photographed the city of Detroit, so I made a trip back home to shoot the city. Detroit has become a destination for photographers looking to shoot abandoned buildings, but there is much more to shoot in Detroit than ruins.

Belle Isle is now being run by the Michigan…

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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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