date January 29, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. A shot of today's sunset from 1250 N. LaSalle. Special thanks to Joel for his connections to get me up here.

Taken from the roof of 1250 N. LaSalle St.View Exif InformationView on Map

Taken from the roof of 1250 N. LaSalle St.


date January 28, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. I went for an unusual crop this time. For whatever reason I usually try to keep as much of original photo as possible, and rarely crop. This kind of gives it a widescreen HD feel or something.

Rock and Roll McDonald's in Downtown ChicagoView Exif InformationView on Map

Rock and Roll McDonald's in Downtown Chicago


date January 27, 2010 location Chicago, IL


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Margarita Time


date January 26, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Wish I had an 8mm fisheye for this shot, maybe I could have got more of Excalibur. This was shot off my balcony again.

Excalibur night club.View Exif InformationView on Map

Excalibur night club.


date January 25, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. I was gonna post an extra bar shot today and call it "Bar Week - The Hangover" but I realized there were decent clouds moving fast due to the high winds so I figured I would try my luck at a long exposure shot. I came up with a decent shot and started my usual HDR process. This totally ruined the sky so I started to mask the original sky back into the HDR shot. Then I realized that the original shot looked about a million times better than the HDR + original, so this is one of the few non-HDR shots you will see me post.

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A view of the city outside my patio.


date January 24, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. This would be Violet Hour in Wicker Park, and the end of Bar Week in my photostream. Thanks for all of the positive comments that I have gotten on this on my flickr page! As far as neighborhoods go, I covered Rush/Division, West Loop, River North, Lakeview, and Wicker Park. I will probably be doing a restaurant week where I will take a picture a day of different Chicago restaurants soon, so stay tuned for that. One thing that I learned is that I should try to do a bit more research about the cool places and try to schedule a time to shoot, to avoid having people in the pictures (see this picture). Also, quite a few places turned me down when I asked if I could shoot them, I learned it's easier to just shoot and not ask.

Violet Hour is such a cool place that they don't need any signs indicating their location. I walked along the 1500 block of Damen for a good 10 minutes before finally asking someone in a nearby restaurant. He informed me that the bar was in an unmarked building with no signs or lights. So cool...

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Violet Hour in Wicker Park.


date January 23, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Duke of Perth bar in Lakeview.

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Duke of Perth in Lakeview.


date January 22, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Hard Rock Cafe. I would love to stay and chat, but that Jameson bottle is calling my name.

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Hard Rock Cafe.


date January 21, 2010 location Chicago, Il

Today. Fado Irish Pub.... Yep. just be thankful you got a picture today

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Fado. Chicago, IL


date January 20, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Special thanks to the folks at G-Cue - specifically Penny the owner - for letting me take this and several other shots. Their competition in the area was less kind saying that I needed to first have permission from the owner. I don't really see how letting me take a picture of your bar could bring anything but good publicity, but that's your loss. Pool anyone?

G-Cue in Chicago's West Loop.View Exif InformationView on Map

G-Cue in Chicago's West Loop.