Posts Tagged ‘illinois’

Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 takes us out of urban Chicago and into small town America. This is the flat and level terrain of the mid-west, where corn is king. We follow the road into rural towns, like Atlanta, with beautifully restored Main Streets that make us feel like we have stepped back in time. This portfolio [...]


Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

The Palms Grill Cafe is a wonderful step back into the past. It first opened on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta in 1934. Providing home-cooked meals for hungry travelers and local residents, the restaurant quickly became a bustling meeting place.
For years, travelers along Route 66 mingled with townsfolk enjoying good food and good friends in [...]


Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Early wake up today, and it wasn’t even hard, because we were so excited to be FINALLY setting out on Route 66. We checked out of the hotel and were loaded into the Jeep by 7am, camera batteries fully charged, spirits high, and ready to go.
Now we just had to find the “start” point. Somehow it [...]


Portfolio: Chicago Gangster Fun

Portfolio: Chicago Gangster Fun

Some quirky fun on the 1920s gangster theme in Chicago. Spent a day with the gang from The Untouchable Gangster Tour, followed by an evening at Tommy Gun’s Garage. It was a “blast,” and great fun was had by all. This portfolio contains a selection of imagery from the gangster prohibition-era themed attractions we visited [...]


Review: Tommy Gun’s Garage, Chicago

Review: Tommy Gun's Garage, Chicago

Tommy Gun’s Garage is a “Roaring 20’s”-themed dinner theatre venue that recreates the “speakeasy” atmosphere centered around a musical-comedy review.
It’s a brilliantly simple concept: the whole place is the “stage” and everyone is part of the show. From the moment you arrive outside, the experience begins as “Gloves,” the “gangster” at the door, demands the [...]


Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

The Untouchable’s “Gangster Tour of Chicago” is a quirky 2-hour “live action” tour offering visitors an amusing take on the city’s Prohibition-era history and the gangsters that animated it. With costumed tour-guide-actors and a bit of cheesy comedy, the experience can be enjoyable — and you may even learn a thing or two…
This tour is [...]


Day 3: Chicago, having fun with history…

Day 3: Chicago, having fun with history...

With only one day to visit Chicago, it would be impossible to really discover much or even get a “feel” for the character of the city (read more on planning one day visits). We decided not to try. We would explore a theme instead. Considering a multitude of choices, we settled on being a bit [...]


Portfolio: Chicago – The City

Portfolio: Chicago - The City

Chicago is an eastern city at heart. Built upwards, instead of out, with skyscrapers defining its skyline, it reminds us a lot of New York. We are comfortable in this gritty urban landscape, where lines are predominantly vertical, and light and shadow play off architectural cues creating a photographic paradise. This portfolio contains a selection [...]


Day 3: Chicago explorations…

Day 3: Chicago explorations...

Exploring the city, cameras in hand, we just enjoyed the urban feel.
Though part of the mid-west, Chicago is an old industrial city similar in visual style to NYC. In fact, the skyscrapers we think of as so typically “New York,” were actually pioneered in Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 had destroyed most of [...]


Day 2: Chicago, a first taste…

Day 2: Chicago, a first taste...

Not sure when we officially crossed into the “mid west,” but it was flat land and big sky, with easy open roads. We had exchanged woodland scenery for farms, and with the speed limit at 70mph, we made it to the outskirts of Chicago in good time.
Approaching the city, the cluster of buildings that [...]


Portfolio: On the Road to Chicago

Portfolio: On the Road to Chicago

It took two days to reach Chicago. This part of the drive was mostly on the interstate, but as we approached the city, the skyline seemed to rise up out of the flatlands of the mid-west, beckoning us to a comforting urban environment that we would find somehow familiar. This portfolio contains a selection of [...]