Regrettably, I’ve been away from the photo challenges of late. Unfortunately, I have not stayed current with the topics, so forgive me as I play a little catch-up here. However, this topic caught me enthusiastically. Last weekend, we took a little trip to Chicago to get away from the repetition of home and hit the bustling downtown environment offered there. I was certainly able to catch an abundance of “Street Life”, which is this weeks challenge topic. I absolutely love Chicago. I would sell everything unessential, including my cars, to buy a small loft or condo downtown and experience afoot everything this city has to offer. From the attractions of the Navy Pier and museums, to the fabulous restaurants and shopping, and the incredible downtown architecture that is defined at every street corner I can’t imagine ever growing tired of this place.
Michigan Avenue is always active with tourists, locals, street performers, taxis, honking horns, sirens, and the homeless. The picture above is indicative of that typical scene. It is truly a magnificent mile of street life.
Also on Michigan Avenue is the incredible Millennium Park. One of the main attractions of the massive expanse is “Cloudgate”, a stainless steel sculpture affectionately known as “The Bean”.
As depicted above, Millennium Park is great on a sunny day to play a game of hacky sack, read, gawk at the amazing skyscraper architecture, or simply people-watch. All walks of life are easy to find here.
Standing under The Bean, you can take in the view above reflecting all around you. As a photographer, you can spend hours here because there is always a new viewpoint you can find.
Street performers are common on Chicago’s streets. Here, the original Chicago Tin Man performs for tips. He must be doing well sporting a pair of Oakleys to shield his eyes. The more you tip, the more he moves and engages with the audience that is continuously surrounding him. If he is not satisfied with his tips as the shutters go off in unison around him, he defiantly “goes on break”.
As I’ve mentioned, there is no shortage of fantastic architecture. This view near the intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue is the beginning of the famed Magnificent Mile. The architecture stands out as the Chicago River winds its way through the skyscrapers.
Street Life is alive and well in Chicago.