Chicago, The Windy City.

Truth be told, I didn’t find the wind as much of a problem as the rain. The wind I can handle. The rain… makes it tough to get anything done. Initially we planned on visiting Chi-city for three nights; we extended that to five after being rained out two of the first three days.

Rain or shine, Chicago is an amazing city and a place I can’t wait to get back to. Heck, I’d consider moving there in a heartbeat if the weather was a little better; the people are laid back and welcoming, the beer is sensational, the sports are exciting and the food… well, the food is enormous. It’s going to take me a little while to get used to Midwestern portions. But I digress.

Megan and I had the chance to catch up with our pal Aaron Brown who is making a name for himself in the wedding photography business. If you have a moment you need to check him out. If you live in Chicago or the Northwestern Indiana area and you’re thinking about tying the knot you should give Aaron a ring. He’ll do right by you.

www.aaronbrownphotos.com

I still need to get through what’s left of Canada, Cleveland and Indy before I really get a chance to focus on Chicago, but until then, here’s a sneak peak at some of the work we did in The Windy City.

 

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1. Tracks at the Wood Dale Metra station.

2. Cubs fan on the Metra.

3. Exterior columns at the famed Union Station.

4. Chicago-style deep dish pizza at Giordano’s.

5. Al Capone doppelganger on a downtown corner.

6. Chicago skyscrapers.

7. The Bean at Millennium Park.

8. Oriental Theatre bokeh madness.

9. Skyscraper vanishing in the fog.

10. Evening taxi run through The Loop.

11. Metra passengers, evening commute.

12. Chicago skyline from Navy Pier.

Indy 500

Okay, so we made it into and out of the home of motorsports without taking in a single race… but we still managed to have a great time.

We rolled into Indianapolis and met up with Shelley and Ben, two of Megan’s childhood friends. They were gracious enough to put us up – and put up with us – for a few days and we toured Indy together. This is but a quick snapshot of our adventures in Indiana. Stay tuned to flickr for a full recap over the coming weeks…

We’re having a grand old time on the Great American Road Trip 2011. We just wrapped up in Des Moines and landed in Lincoln, Nebraska. We’re still debating on whether or not we should take a trip through Missouri to witness some of the devastation the storms and tornados have wrought over the past few weeks.

In the interim, I’ll be working through images from Indianapolis and Chicago and working on more content here and at www.flashlightexpeditions.com

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From top to bottom:

1. Skyline view from White River State Park.
2. Fresh brew at Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple.
3. Flash wins a dollar bowling a strike at Beech Grove Bowl.
4. Telecom wires reflected in a pond in suburban Indy.
5. Bartender at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub.
6. Rome Ali of http://www.foodieus.com
7. Rooney! Man’s best friend.
8. Friendly host at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery.
9. Suburbia – long exposure.
10. Indiana State Capitol Building.
11. Ben and Shelley Nelson – our gracious hosts!