Chicago – the early years

I think it was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that probably first piqued my interest about Chicago. It made the city look so inviting, especially the montage right after they peel out from the high school. Going to college in Iowa, I’d been to Chicago several times. The drive from the south on Lake Shore Drive in the summer, right after the Museum Campus bend, with the brilliant blue lake on the right, the gleaming buildings to the left, and the tree-lined avenue were all enough to get me hooked. Moving to Chicago after college was a no-brainer. Lived in Lakeview (near Diversey Harbor) for 4 years and loved it (for the most part). Despite having moved away, I still think Chicago is one of the best large American cities — big enough to feel like a big city with the cultural and culinary assets but small enough to not feel overwhelming. The architecture is fascinating, from the Sears Tower, to the John Hancock, to the Wrigley Building and more new ones coming up all the time. And the lake with the waterfront parks is just the icing on the cake.

Here are some shots from 1999-2003 during our time in Chicago, some taken with my very first digital camera, an HP Photosmart 315…

Chicago twilight
Sears Tower, my old workplace (still cannot bring myself to call it the Willis Tower)
Michigan Avenue
Chicago lakefront, from near our old place
The Flamingo
Shadows of the El
John Hancock dominating the North side skyline
Free summer fireworks at Navy Pier
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