810 Colfax St. in Evanston, Ill., my home in the mid-1960s, when I studied at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Chicago Jazz Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Not all of the great music occurs in Millennium Park during the annual Labor Day weekend jazz festival in Chicago. I photographed these buskers working nearby Michigan Avenue and they sounded pretty darned good, too
Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recently refurbished monument erected by the city of Chicago to honor Irv Kupcinet, 1912-2003, famous columnist and television personality.
The “Wendella” loading passingers for a cruise on the Chicago River.
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
A view from an outdoor restaurant high above Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
ChIcago’s Hyatt Hotel (darker buildings).
The city of Chicago, photographed from the Northwestern University campus in Evanston.
Waiting in line for Chicago performance of “Hamilton.”
Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland recently spent some time in Chicago, the Windy City. Dave went to graduate school in Chicago at the Northwestern University in the mid-1960s. Here are some of the sights that caught his eye.
September 15: One last photo from our recent pilgrimage to the annual jazz festival in Chicago’s Millennium Park. This performance was by Israel’s Anat Cohen (a graduate of Boston’s Berklee School of Music) and her siblings. My kind of cool.
September 14: The Willis Tower in Chicago. At 108 stories and 1,451 feet, it is the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, its observation deck was used for a scene in the 1986 movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Watched it again on DVD the other day — it can still make me laugh.
September 13: The view from Navy Pier seen on an early morning walk with Dorette Kerian a couple of weeks ago. The John Hancock Center no longer is the tallest skyscraper in Chicago but remains my favorite. During my student days 50 years ago, it was under construction as I trudged by the site on my way to Northwestern’s Chicago campus.
September 12: Chicago’s Union Station in Chicago photographed a few days ago.
September 10: Street chess on Michigan Avenue.
September 9: Party time last week on the Chicago lakefront. Sadly, they didn’t invite us to join in.
September 8: Photo taken with my iPhone at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the great museums of the world. Dorette and I were there for a couple of hours last week during a break from the nearby jazz festival in Millennium Park. The painting is Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day,” created in 1877 and acquired by the Institute in 1964, a year before I arrived in town to study at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Admission then was free, so I often stopped by. Today, it costs $25 ($16 for “seniors”) but worth every penny.
September 7: The Chicago skyline seen from Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. Photo taken Sept. 1 with a Canon SX710 HS pocket camera.
September 6: Dorette Kerian took this picture the other day as I celebrated the 50th anniversary of my graduation from one of my two alma maters, Northwestern University (the other is the University of North Dakota).
September 5: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
September 4: What we do at the Jazz Festival in Chicago besides listen to the music.
September 3: The Chicago Hilton Hotel photographed today from the Lake front. I first stayed there when I was a University of North Dakota student, attending a conference for publication staffers.
September 2: Marina Towers in Chicago, seen from an architectural tour boat this morning. In 1980 its lower garage was used in the movie “The Hunter.” A police detective played by Steve McQueen pursued a 1979 Grand Prix to the top of the 18-story parking structure, from which the bad guy in the car plunged into the Chicago River. The stunt remains one of the most famous ever filmed.
September 1: Chicago Jazz Fest.
Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland and Dorette Kerian recently returned home after a trip to Chicago for the annual Chicago Jazz Fest. Dave was busy snapping photos while in the Windy City, and here are some of the images he’s sharing.
About this time in 1965, I arrived at the huge depot pictured above on my way to Northwestern University to begin a master’s degree in journalism. I was burdened down with heavy luggage, so the subway to Evanston wasn’t an option. I needed to transfer to yet another rail line.
According the diary I kept, I ran out of time that first day. An entry reads, “The rail station was all shut down, but there were 50 sailors from the Naval Training Station sleeping in the waiting room. I joined them.”
In the morning, I took an early commuter train to Evanston and stored my bags at the station. Among the stuff in my steamer trunk was an ancient Smith Corona typewriter. I liked to think it was like the one Ernest Hemingway used.
I was intercepted just outside the university’s housing office by a gregarious older guy who asked, “Need a room?” After a brief conversation, I was in his car headed to retrieve my luggage and drive to his house on Colfax Street not far from the campus.
The rent was $50 a month. My landlord was Lester Welty, a retired insurance agent whose wife I later learned had died not long before. He told me he had chosen to sell life insurance as a career instead of becoming a Methodist preacher.
It seemed a better way of helping people over the long run, he explained.
Les gave me lots of advice during my stay in his home, some of which I later regretted not taking.
Thus began the most formative adventure of my life.
Can it really be a half century since those days?
Chicago is a city full of scenic views. Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland captured several on a recent trip to the Windy City. They included Trump International Hotel and Tower (also known as Trump Tower Chicago and Trump Tower) — on the site of the former Chicago Sun-Times — advertising the candidacy of Donald Trump; the German submarine U-505, captured by the U.S. in World War II, on display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry; and the John Hancock Center, for a time at 1,969 feet the tallest skyscraper in the city (now it’s fourth, behind the Willis Tower, Trump Tower and Aaon Center). Also on the trip, Dave photographed the 726-foot tall skyscraper One Museum Park, a residential tower in which units range from $800,000 to to $2.5 million; and Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.