Most cities are exciting in summer, people are enjoying the warm weather and the parks are in full bloom. Chicago is no exception to this rule. While we had a couple of foggy wet days, the summer in the city vibe prevailed.
I took advantage of an opportunity to tour the old Chess Records facility where many of this country’s jazz and blues performers recorded their classic hits. Being in the studio where Etta James recorded one of our all-time favorites “At Last”, seeing the actual microphone she used and hearing the master recording brought me to tears. What a special place in jazz history.
Spending time in the Loop and the River North areas I end up crossing the Chicago River multiple times a day. Taking in the soaring views and beautiful architecture while pondering the juxtaposition of kayaks and skyscrapers along Chicago’s Riverwalk Park is a summer pastime.
The beautiful weather and friendly people makes walking along Lake Michigan, through Maggie Daley Park, up Michigan Avenue or to Buckingham Fountain a memorable experience. Restaurants spill to the outside offering al fresco dining on the sidewalks while rooftop restaurants and bars take advantage of the warm evenings. Great in all seasons, Chicago really is at her best in the summer.
All images were taken with Nikon D750 with Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI manual focus lens or Fuji X100s with 23mm f/2.0 lens in RAW format and processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.7