Locations for Photos in Chicago

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    Feb 07, 2008 9:21 AM GMT
    Hey Guys, I'm photographing a fellow RJ guy at the end of February in Chicago... The problem is that neither one of us is from there (he lives in Arizona, and I live in Indianapolis), but we are meeting there for photos. Do any of you who live in Chicago know of some really cool locations where we could take some photos? I'd love to take some photos outside, but that really depends on the weather (and I don't think we can count on good weather the last week in February)... so any indoor locations you guys know of would be awesome! Thanks in advance for your help.
  • cityguy39

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    Feb 07, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    What types of locations are you looking for? City scenes, parks, buildings or locations that are just plain old Chicago?

    Doug
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    Feb 07, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    Gosh, go to Hawaii!
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    Feb 07, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Try Millinium Park. It is big and has alot of great locations. I took some great photos there when I was out that way.
    I quote my friend from Chicago: "It's like the ground vomited the future!"
    Also accross the street there is another park that has the Buckingham Fountain. Its the fountain they use in the opening credits of Married with Children. I got some great Al Bundy-esk shots there too!
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    Feb 07, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    THE BEAN

    and if you look in my pictures the metal soldier guys I am climbing in is millenium park in chicago
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    Feb 07, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    millenium park, Buckingham Fountain, anything capturing the skyline (north or south), you pretty much can't go wrong with anything in the loop, whether capturing the grittiness of inner downtown or the beauty of the lake and its surrounding parkside with the skyline behind. enjoy one of america's truly beautiful cities (yeah, even when it's cold)
  • shoelessj

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    Feb 07, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    millennium park? the bean? phfff...

    you want 'cool' locations to photograph a fellow RJ guy?

    how about the halsted street overpass, about 1/4 north of lake street, where there are railroad tracks underneath and downtown buildings to the east?

    also near there, in the greektown area, on south halsted, are mini parthenons on a few street corners, with greek columns, which could be cool if there aren't vagrants sleeping on them.

    i also like the kinzie ave. bridge, right outside of the east bank club/apparel center -- its an old bridge, with another old bridge perpetually ion the upright position next to it, but the North Loop high-rises in the background.

    want something more traditional? how about the north avenue beach, where the lake is right at your feet, but the hancock building and other high-rises are in the background -- its been used for a bunch of movies. there's also, just north of that [about a mile] a great old limestone structure, the sort you'd find in new york, in lincoln park zoo, with a statue of i think general grant atop it [with few crowds,ever].

    Lower Wacker Drive is nice and urban, as well, if a bit dark.

    Not sure about indoor spots, though. Maybe the Cultural Center, a huge 100-year-old plus building at michigan and randolph that used to be the main library -- nice stairways, some big banquet/performance rooms that aren't always busy.

  • cityguy39

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    Feb 08, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    I'm going to assume you don't want the usual Chicago locations, those have been done to death. Feel free to get in touch with me via email, I can put you on to some out of the way locations.

    Doug
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    Feb 08, 2008 9:53 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone who has given me suggestions... I guess I need to be more specific now: I'm photographing a fitness model, so even though I want really cool backdrops, he definitely needs to be the center of attention. From that standpoint, I'm looking for those highly unusual, unique locations that aren't seen in a 1,001 other photographs. And as I mentioned before, we are taking the photos at the end of February, so indoor locations are probably going to be much more reliable than outdoor ones. A couple of years ago, I photographed professional bodybuilder Mark Dugdale while he was in Columbus OH for the Arnold Classic, and managed to get the local Gold's Gym to allow us to use their aerobics room, where there was more than enough room for me to set up a backdrop and lights... and we got some AMAZING photographs in the process. Having said all of that, in773guy, I may take you up on your offer of a motorcycle as a prop, since I know the guy I'm photographing likes to ride. Thanks again for your suggestions... any additional suggestions on indoor locations is greatly appreciated.