In late June, the Out of Chicago conference drew around 400 photographers.
I considered going last year, but we were in the midst of moving. Discretion and common sense prevailed, as a marriage counselor would have advised.
But this year I went. And for four days, I walked the city where I lived in the ‘70s. I worked for NBC Radio, covered Richard J. Daley and exercised our Airedales in Lincoln Park. It was a great time.
Now, shooting on the River Walk, a showcase for the city’s dramatic new architectural inspirations, it was clear just how much has changed.
The London House, where I saw Barry Manilow accompany Bette Midler in her nightclub act is just one of the things that are different. “What the hell, Frank!,” I said as I walked by a floating wine bar on the Chicago River, “It’s been nearly 40 years. Of course things have changed!" The London House is now a Corner Bakery Cafe.
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