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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.

66/365

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...

Violet Hour in Wicker Park.View Exif InformationView on Map

Violet Hour in Wicker Park.

65/365

date January 23, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. Duke of Perth bar in Lakeview.

Duke of Perth in Lakeview.View Exif InformationView on Map

Duke of Perth in Lakeview.

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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.

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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

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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.

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date January 19, 2010 location Chicago, Il

Today. Day 2 of Bar Week. This is Dino's Morgan Inn in West Loop. That dude behind the bar would be Dino, and those are some of Dino's patrons!

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Dino's Morgan Inn Bar.

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date January 18, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. It's officially bar week! I will be posting a picture of a new bar every day this week. This is Butch McGuire's in the Rush and Division neighborhood. I have been known to visit this place rather often.

Butch McGuire's in the Rush and Division neighborhood of Chicago.View Exif InformationView on Map

Butch McGuire's in the Rush and Division neighborhood of Chicago.

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date January 17, 2010 location Chicago, Il

Today. Get ready for bar week starting tomorrow!

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Lake Michigan.

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date January 16, 2010 location Chicago, IL

Today. This is my submission for the Redeye Photography Challenge. The challenge was to submit a photograph with the theme "dots". I will keep you posted on whether or not my photograph is selected.

A few candies laid out in front of "The Bean" aka Cloudgate in Millenium Park.View Exif InformationView on Map

A few candies laid out in front of "The Bean" aka Cloudgate in Millenium Park.