Near West Side

My daily commute takes me through 62 round-trip miles of Chicagoland, and if I’m lucky, each way will take an hour or less. I really enjoy driving; I really dislike sitting in traffic.

When I’m less fortunate and the Kennedy backup gets to be unbearable, I exit early and take side streets. I try to bypass the gridlock and at the same time take myself through a neighborhood I’ve neglected for too long, or haven’t ever seen or walked through.

Last night I exited early, at Ogden

While heading south on Ashland I was I taken by the sight of the Church of the Epiphany (Ashland and Adams). I pulled over to grab a shot; the rain had at last passed and the sun began to set.

And then I found myself on W Adams, just east of Ashland and the church. Who knew that this photogenic street was tucked right off of the thoroughfare? Certainly not me.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the walk-through. I took them with my a6000 in relatively low light (I was often pushing 3200 ISO) and am really pleased with (a) how the camera performed and (b) how the photos came out!

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  1. steveo
    May 15, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Those are very much like NYC brownstones. I wonder if they share a common design history.

    • May 15, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      That’s a good question. Do you know when the NYC brownstones were built? I’m no historian, but the Chicago fire started on the NWS; rebuilding the city attracted architects from all over the world.

    • May 15, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Fantastic images and read – thanks for sharing. The author does note that the brown/gray-stones are cousins, so they could very well have been built around the same time (using most readily available materials)? Architects were extremely competitive!