We headed to Chicago for our latest catalog shoot, where the gorgeous architecture and lake’s cool hues form the backdrop for our Winter collections. There’s so much to see in just a few days, so we set up shop in some of Chicago’s downtown parks and avenues. Here are some of the locations featured in the catalog … perfect for a weekend trip!
According to the Chicago Park District, Grant Park is known as Chicago’s front yard, nestled in between Lake Michigan and the high rises along S. Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. Highlights of the park include three museums and Buckingham Fountain – it wasn’t hard for us to find stunning locations for the shoot.
While shooting in Grant Park, we were sure to stop at Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world, and most recognizable landmarks in the city. The fountain was completed in 1927 and operates from April to mid-October.
Located at the edge of Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago features more than 300,000 works of art and pieces from cultures all around the world. The museum sites on the southeastern corner of downtown and is guarded by two bronze lions that were made for the Institute’s grand opening in 1893.
Historic Navy Pier was a welcome respite during the busy shoot; it features family entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. We even took a ride on the 150-foot ferris wheel, modeled after the first-ever ferris wheel that was built in Chicago in 1863.
Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a shallow reflecting pool anchored by two 50-foot glass fountains that display the faces of more than 1,000 Chicago residents. The flowing of water through the mouths of those pictured symbolizes life, and runs from mid-Spring to mid-October. What a great place for us to try out our Umbrella!
We love the architecture and cityscape from the many bridges that span the Chicago River along Wacker Drive, seen throughout the Winter catalog. Just below the bridges runs the Chicago Riverwalk, which hugs the river from Michigan Avenue to State Street – a great path for a morning jog or evening walk.
Here’s a “top” priority: The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. offers public and private sightseeing tours throughout the city on red and green double-decker trolleys. If you don’t have time to see all of the sights individually, here’s a great way to see them all at once!