Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thanksgiving in Chicago and Street Photography

I wanted to try my hand at Street Photography while I was visiting my daughter in Chicago for Thanksgiving. I love street photography but it didn't go well but only for fact that I chickened out LOL!  Trying to take a shot and looking like your not sneaking around is hard. Also, I thought I would just ask to take a picture but couldn't do that either.  So I focused on decorations, signs or buildings.

First here is my daughter's first turkey. I know it's a weird picture to put up on my blog but I'm so proud of her. It was very yummy.

 
We watched Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving and other Christmas videos.
 
 
On of our traditions is going to Chicago's Christkindlmarket in Daily Plaza.  Here is the history of the event and the link with take you to the site with more information.
 
History and Tradition
Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996. By special invitation of Mayor Richard M. Daley, Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a staple event on the plaza ever since. Together with the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Christkindlmarket Chicago has grown to become one of the most popular winter attractions in the heart of the city.
 
It was cold on Saturday so we bundled up and headed over for brunch.  First stop crepes and they were so yummy. They were huge and gave us a good start to the day.
 
 
There is much food sausages, bratwurst, candy, soup, potato pancakes, strudel, etc. We ended up having some dark chocolate covered raspberries and I had strudel.  The spiced hot wine in little boot cups was wonderful on a cold day.
 
 
There are shops to buy beautiful ornaments, wool sweaters, wooden toys, handmade clocks, etc. Here is what the vendors were using to sell their goodies. They all look like little houses.
 
 
Three building housed tons of ornaments and two were just glass ornaments. We are tempted to buy quite a few but I'm afraid they won't make it home in one piece.
 
 
 
 
For my street photography here two pics I love.  The decorations outside of Macy's and I happened to include someone else taking a picture of the same thing.
 
 
A couple raced across the street because he had a surprise for her. They were in front of the Chicago Tribune (one of my favorite buildings).  I don't know if she liked the gift because a bus went in front of my view and when it was gone they were too.
 
 
 
Downtown wasn't that busy this year. Last year we had to squeeze through the crowds to get anywhere but it wasn't like that this year.
 
I decided to practice taking pictures of buildings at night. I'm not that great but I need to practice. Here are a few shots.
 
 
 
Remember the cartoon The Jetsons. This looks like the building they lived in.
 
 
City from Navy Pier (too much light)
 
 

This made me laugh. Picture from our hotel room!  Can you hear me now?
 
 
The reflection of the building made it look like the building was crumbling.
 
 
Thanksgiving weekend went by so fast and every year it gets harder and harder to say goodbye to my daughter.  On the bright side we had lots of fun and she is coming home for Christmas!!  Oh and her boyfriend is coming for the first time!
 
I should have a post full of Christmas tags soon!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1 comment:

  1. I love all those pictures! I did not see the crumbling effect of the building reflection. I had no clue what you were talking about. haha but your pictures shows it clearly. I had a great time while you guys were here. =)

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