Uncover and capture the hidden gems of Chicago's alleys on this 2.5-hour walking photography tour. Not every city has alleys and, many that do, would not or should not be walked through. Chicago’s alleys are an entirely different world and a part of the city many take for granted. Photographically, you'll find the alleys are an underrated jewel box of detail photos and upshots! Whether in the downtown or out in the neighborhoods, you'll discover some are fancier than others, some hold pieces of the city’s history, interesting fire escapes, graffiti, unexpected doors, signs, rust and grit…and yes, urban odors. Some city alleys have even hosted art events and block parties!
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum Group Size: 10
Meet your guide downtown in the Chicago Loop to embark on this 2.5-hour walking tour of alleys normally considered useful only to garbage trucks, delivery drivers and vagrants. Bring your dSLR / Mirrorless camera or smartphone camera fully charged and ready to capture architecture, fire escapes, urban grit, ghost signs, interesting juxtapositions, graffiti / street art and much more.
Along this South route, you'll capture the 'L' elevated train in motion with great urban backdrops and fire escapes, street art from worldwide artists and walk through a famous hotel, not to mention views of skyscrapers above and upshots to the sky! Pay attention as you pass the back sides of many historic buildings and gain a new perspective and appreciation for them. You'll photograph scenes and things normally thought to be ordinary or even ignored. You'll be challenged to create photos of subjects you may never have considered photographic.
Note: We will not start and end at the same location. We'll be near multiple train stations where you can either continue toward Grant Park to explore on your own, find a great local place to eat or easily access the elevated 'L' train or subway or catch a taxi.