This summer, Deb and I visited Ryan for a long weekend to just get away. Of course, Chicago is possibly my favorite city to photograph. And I wanted to try out my DJI tech in this photogenic city. The weather and the city did not let us down.
Wrigley is just a few blocks away. Deb & I walked by the park just as the Cubs beat the Pirates. Wrigleyville was electric. They were in the heat of the league race. The win and electricity motivated us to go catch the game on Friday against the Nats. Unfortunately for the Cubs that game was the beginning of their slide. Wrigley was still a great baseball experience.
Friday before the game, I took an Uber downtown to catch some shots of the shoreline. I tried out the drone over the water in front of Shedd Aquarium where I learned that Seagulls like to play chicken with drones and water is not good for expensive camera batteries.
I was disappointed with the shots I caught Friday, so I set out before dawn Saturday to try a different approach. This time, I rented a Divvy bike and rode along the shoreline from Ryan’s down near Lincoln Park. Winner! Flying my drone above Lincoln Park was a thrill. Winner!
Perhaps the most iconic locations in Chicago, I've always wanted to catch a bird's eye view. With my drone, I was able to catch one.
As I walked up to Navy Pier from Buckingham Fountain, I noticed this pier in Monroe Harbor where I could take a western view from what looked like I was in the water.
As I rode my Divvy bike along the shoreline, the sunrise was spectacular. This is Belmont Harbor.
The winds were wicked Saturday morning. This shot from the mouth of Diversy Harbor looking into the city gives you an idea of how rough the seas were.
Ryan was excited for us to see his soccer team, who made it to their league playoffs. We were so proud to see how much he enjoyed the game and impressed with how fit he’s become.
One thing Ryan, Deb, nor I had never tried was a boat tour, yeah, like Vince Vaughn from the Break-Up. The weather was absolutely perfect, so tried out the architectural boat tour. Honest, I would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago. I have an even better appreciation for the incredible architecture of this beautiful city. Enjoy the pics.
This tour takes off from the Ogden docks. Who knew there was water on Ogden? Yeah it's a man made finger of the river.
Long story short, this building was built to accommodate the water on one side and the subway on the other. Impressive, eh?