DAVE VORLAND: Photo Gallery — The Windy City

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.

DAVE VORLAND: Photo Gallery — Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town

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.

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — The Adventure Begins

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?

DAVE VORLAND: Photo Gallery — Scenic Chicago, September 2015

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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.