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How Chicago Changed Me – And How What I’ve Learned Can Help You

Do you ever think how a place changes you over time? February 28th marked the 18th anniversary of my arrival in Chicago, and I find myself reflecting how this city has changed me, good or bad. Take a look at a few specific areas and let my growing pains help you avoid mistakes 😉 FOOD […]

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A Temporary Change at Tour Through A Lens You Should Know

  If you’ve been on a photography tour with me, there’s a 70% chance you’ve heard me talk passionately about a citywide annual event put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation: Open House Chicago. Open House Chicago is an opportunity for curious people like you and me to see buildings and spaces normally either closed […]

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Thoughts From The Bus

Thoughts From The Bus: The Series

Thoughts From The Bus Series – Unspoken thoughts, opinions and wonderful people watching opportunities while living in a large city

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Chicago’s Beloved Flag Earns Its Own Day!

Do you live somewhere that has a cool flag celebrated by all? No? Then please allow me this opportunity to do a little dance to celebrate Chicago’s awesome red, white and blue on its anniversary! Chicago is a unique city in that it has managed to capture the hearts of its people and honor its […]

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2017: Chicago’s Year of Public Art

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2017 the Year of Public Art with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and more. Of course, this announcement has me a bit excited. Here is a link to the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art Schedule. […]

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TTAL Special Edition: Happy Birthday, Chicago!

It has been 180 years since Chicago incorporated as a city, and what a city it is! Being 180 years old is considered young for those of you in other parts of the world where your buildings or monuments date back hundreds and hundreds of years, but Chicago has not wasted any time making its […]

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Teaching Teens Through Photography

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a group of teens in The Explorers Program, whose goal is to teach skills to live life and create impact. Right now, they are learning photography through guest photographers from various genres, and I was to focus on urban photography. It’s always a bit intimidating getting up in front […]

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Chicago: The Perfect Winter Escape?

Seems odd to say this but, for the first Winter in a long time, Chicago seems to be the place to be in the U.S. if you want to escape the snowy blizzards of the East Coast or the storms and dangerous mudslides of the West Coast. What began with frigid temps in December settled to average temperature in […]

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Love and Chicago…The Ultimate Question

Not having been born and raised a Chicagoan, I’m often asked ‘What do you love most about Chicago?’

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Thoughts From The Bus

Thoughts From The Bus

  “Thoughts From The Bus“ is a series of observations, musings and rantings from my commutes on Chicago’s public transit system, the CTA. Much of my life, I have been a people-watcher. I find human interaction, human nature mixed with a bit of psychology quite fascinating to watch from the outside. Sometimes, I enjoy creating […]

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