Bartender Charles Joly of the Aviary in Chicago

A Chicago Cocktail Crawl

I love it when an assignment not only gives me an opportunity to do what I love – shoot environmental portraits – but it gives new insights about the city I call home.

When the New York Times magazine asked me to shoot a series of images showcasing Chicago bars and bartenders I was shown five great places to tie one on, all with a unique knot.

Footprints can be seen along the ice covered shore as the reflection of the skyline can be seen on the surface of Lake Michigan In Chicago where temperatures have dropped well below freezing. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

Swimming weather

I got hired today to take some photos of Chicago stuck in our seasonal deep freeze. For my friends in the west, its been around 10-degrees, which I am sure seems frightening to you. To my friends in the Midwest, its just another day in Paradise 😉

The image above is my favorite from today. I didn’t see this image at first as I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the iced over ladder and the city skyline. While I look confused at the footprints headed towards the water, I noticed the reflection.