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Old Posted Jan 21, 2013, 1:37 AM
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CHICAGO | City Of Wind And Ghosts

I lived in Chicago for four non-consecutive years from 2006 to 2011. Despite growing up in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City and spending my formative years exploring that great city, I was always most obsessed with Chicago, that vast rusty metropolis of the interior. I always assumed that I'd live there someday. Despite being compelled back eastward by employment, Chicago will always be my favorite big city.

“Sense of place” and “city of neighborhoods” are as tedious and hoary and urban cliches get, and there's hardly a city out there that they haven't been applied to. Chicago wears them with the best, though. Chicago is a lot of things to a lot of people. To me it is always the long, weathered commercial thoroughfares, the brooding gray skies, the remnants of burly industry, and the fine array of vernacular housing (and also tacos, but I didn't take any photos of those). Chicago has an urban hugeness that sets it apart from the Midwest, but is still fundamentally Middle American in a way that New York and Los Angeles will never be.

I tried to balance what I thought were some of my better photos with geographic variety in order to show as much of the city as possible. Still, even with 216 photos, I feel like I'm leaving out a lot. Some really great neighborhoods got shorted. The difficulty I had paring down this retrospective is a testament to the vastness and depth of Chicago's urbanity.

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The Loop


W. Lawrence Ave. | Albany Park


S. Ellis Ave. | North Kenwood


N. Lincoln Ave. | West Lakeview


Lake Michigan | Montrose Point


N. Milwaukee Ave. | Noble Square


W. 32nd Pl. | Bridgeport


Lincoln Park/Streeterville


Uptown


W. Diversey Ave. | Logan Square/Avondale border


Eisenhower Expy. | Near West Side


W. George St./N. Laramie Ave | Cragin


S. Ashland Ave. | McKinley Park


S. Berkeley Ave. | North Kenwood


Near North Side


W. Lawrence Ave. | Uptown


Douglas Park to South Loop


W. Cermak Rd. | Marshall Square


Ravenswood


Winston Towers | West Rogers Park


W. Wilson Ave. | Lincoln Square


S. Oakley Blvd. | Near West Side


N. Lincoln Ave. | West Lakeview


E. 91st St. | South Chicago


Hancock


Howard St. Beach | Rogers Park


Indiana Dunes


N. Lincoln Ave. | Lincoln Park


W. Agatite Ave. | Lincoln Square


W. Lawrence Ave.| Albany Park


Greater Bronzeville


Montrose Point


Loyola Park | Rogers Park


Wood St. Yard | West Side


N. Talman Ave. | Lincoln Square


N. Western Ave. | Humboldt Park/Wicker Park


W. Roosevelt Rd. | Lawndale


Rosehill Cemetery


Uptown and south


W. 18th St | Pilsen


W. Sunnyside Ave. | Ravenswood Manor


N. Milwaukee Ave. | Wicker Park


N. Halsted St. | Cabrini-Green


Indiana Dunes | Porter County, IN


W. Surf St. | East Lakeview


S. Baltimore Ave. | South Chicago


W. Bowler St. | Tri-Taylor


from Montrose Point


W. Cermak Rd. | Chinatown


S. Ellis Ave. | South Kenwood


W. Pershing Rd. | McKinley Park


E. Ontario St. | Streeterville


West Side


W. Cermak Rd. | Marshall Square


S. Kenwood Ave. | Hyde Park


W. Briar Pl. | East Lakeview


W. Devon St. | Rogers Park


W. Leland Ave. | Sheridan Park


W. Warren Blvd. | East Garfield Park


N. Lincoln Ave. | North Center


W. Wabansia Ave. | West Humboldt Park


W. 26th St. | Little Village


N. Noble St. | Noble Square


N. Clybourn Ave. | Near North Side


Near North Side


Wilson Ave. Beach


S. Kedzie Ave. | Lawndale


N. Pulaski Rd. | West Humboldt Park


W. 35th St. | Bridgeport


N. Halsted St. | River West


S. Racine Ave. | Near West Side


N. Winthrop Ave. | Edgewater


E. 53rd St. | Hyde Park


W. Irving Park Rd. | North Center


N. Hermitage Ave. | East Ravenswood


Streeterville


Hartigan Beach | Rogers Park


W. Lawrence Ave. | Lincoln Square


W. Fullerton Ave. | Logan Square


Davis St. | Evanston


Eisenhower Expwy | Austin


W. Irving Park Rd. | North Center


Montrose Point to Edgewater


W. Chicago Ave. | River West


N. Lincoln Ave. | Lincoln Park


W. 16th St. | Pilsen


W. Carmen St. | Budlong Woods


N. Noble St. | Noble Square


N. Winchester Ave. | Ravenswood


E. Chicago St. | Elgin


E. Galena Blvd. | Aurora


W. Armitage Ave. | Lincoln Park


S. Pulaski Rd. | Lawndale


North Ave. Beach


W. Wrightwood Ave. | Logan Square


S. Michigan Ave. | Motor Row


N. Claremont Ave. | Wicker Park


W. Madison St. | Near West Side


N. Pine Grove St. | Lincoln Park


N. Clark St. | Sheridan Park


Cabrini-Green


Evanston


W. 26th St. | Little Village


Eisenhower Expwy | Near West Side


E. Chicago St. | Elgin


N. Damen Ave. | North Center


W. Roosevelt Rd. | Oak Park-Cicero border


W. Devon St. | West Rogers Park


Burns Harbor, IN


Belmont Station | Lakeview


S. Rockwell St. | Douglas Park


North Branch, Chicago River | Ravenswood Manor


N. Lincoln Ave. | West Lakeview


S. State St. | South Loop


Montrose Point


W. Jackson Blvd. | West Loop


Whiting Park | Whiting, IN


W. North Ave. | Humboldt Park


S. Monitor Ave. | The Island


Lincoln Park


E. Van Buren St. | The Loop


W. 18th St. | Pilsen


from Montrose Point


Lincoln Park


S. Halsted St. | Bridgeport


N. Wolcott St. | Ravenswood


W. Berteau Ave. | North Center


School St. | Marketown, East Chicago, IN


W. Roosevelt Rd. | Lawndale


Edgewater


W. Leland Ave. | Uptown


W. Montrose Ave. | Ravenswood


Montrose Point


W. North Ave. | Hermosa


N. Spaulding Ave. | West Humboldt Park


S. Hohman Ave. | Hammond, IN


S. Drake Ave. | Little Village


N. Lakewood Ave. | Rogers Park


Lower West Side


W. Chestnut St. | Eckhart Park


W. Lawrence Ave. | Albany Park


Horner Park | Irving Park


Near North Side


Western Station-Pink Line | Heart of Chicago


N. Lincoln Ave. | West Lakeview


Rogers Park


Pratt Blvd. Beach | Rogers Park


Highland Ave. | Edgewater


W. Cermak Rd. | Marshall Square


Lincoln Park


Lake St. | Oak Park


Bronzeville


Evanston


W. Cullerton St. | Pilsen


N. Lake Shore Dr. | Lakeview


S. Genesee St. | Waukegan


from Montrose Point


W. Lawrence Ave. | Uptown


N. Milwaukee Ave. | Portage Park/Six Corners


Montrose Point


Eisenhower Expwy | Near West Side


N. Broadway St. | Joliet


W. Chicago Ave. | Eckhart Park


N. Central Ave. | Belmont-Central


W. Addison St. | East Lakeview


N. Harding Ave. | Avondale


Ravenswood


S. Ashland Ave. | Pilsen


Streeterville


N. Sheridan Rd. | Rogers Park


S. Forrestville Ave. | Grand Boulevard


W. Madison St. | Forest Park


Edgewater


E. 70th St. | South Shore


North Side


S. Commercial Ave. | South Chicago


S. Western Ave. | Near West Side


N. Pulaski Rd. | Avondale


W. Eddy St. | Lakeview


N. Lincoln Ave. | North Center


N. Milwaukee Ave. | Wicker Park


N. Lake Shore Drive


W. Cermak Rd. | Marshall Square


Loyola Park | Rogers Park


N. Lincoln Ave. | Lincoln Park


W. Irving Park Rd. | North Center


W. Briar Pl. | Lakeview


W. Taylor St. | Tri-Taylor


Front St. | Whiting, IN


W. North Ave. | Wicker Park


N. Western Ave. | Wicker Park/Humboldt Park


Montrose Point


W. Leland Ave. | Uptown


Grant Park


Cabrini-Green


South Branch, Chicago River


N. Western Ave. | West Rogers Park


N. Lake Shore Drive


W. Pierce St. | Humboldt Park


N. Noble St. | Noble Square


E. Jackson Dr. | Grant Park


Lakeview


South Evanston to Edgewater


W. Devon St. | West Rogers Park


Wicker Park


N. Springfield Ave. | Avondale


E. 119th St. | Whiting, IN


W. 15th Pl. | Douglas Park


W. Montrose Ave. | Albany Park


Devon/California | West Rogers Park


W. Warren Blvd. | East Garfield Park


W. Montrose Ave. | Lincoln Square


W. Windsor Ave. | Ravenswood Gardens


South from Evanston


Montrose Station-Brown Line | Ravenswood


Each dot is a photo I took from 2009-2011


If you made it this far, thanks!
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Wow. Now that's what you call a strong showing. What incredibly broad and varied coverage! But next time, you have to be careful with the "no taco pictures" disclaimer - I almost left right then and there
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What a spectacularly honest photo thread. This is absolutely the complete Chicago. Most of this stuff isn't what the tourists see, but if you live in Chicago, this is what it's going to look like.
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Even though I loved Chicago most in the summertime when it's sunny and there's a refreshing lake breeze keeping the city comfortably cool in the 70's, I always appreciated your somewhat "opposite" view of the city as well (overcast/gray) and was sad when you moved away. So I very much enjoyed this photo thread!
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Damn that was incredible.

I'll have to go through this photo thread again tommorrow.

BRAVO!
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Extremely unordinary, you should be unashamed of yourself. Great city, love it!
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Wow what a great showing. Thank you!
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I'm glad there's somebody else that likes the spare, stripped-down look of Chicago winters.

The cold strips away all the foliage and all the people in the foreground, and you really comprehend the sheer scale and massiveness of the city.

I know you're more of a metal fan, but I highly recommend The XX as a soundtrack to this thread.
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My god what a catalog of photos you have there. A truely great blend and diversity of shots. Well done!!!
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Wow, this is a great thread! You really got around town and captured the real feeling of the city well. Bravo!
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I love the variety of your photos, a little something for everyone.
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Spectacular phototour along Chicago and surroundings, Thundertubs! Very nice job!

I´ve enjoyed till the end your thread. You´ve covered almost all neighbourhoods and areas in Chicago. I like specially all your pics taken by Winter. Chicago is such a pretty city!

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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