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.

Chicago Magazine Food Photography of BBQ

Chicago Magazine Food Photography: Not your average BBQ

Just how serious is America’s java addiction? According to the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of the population ages 18 and older consume at least one cup daily, up from 58 percent in 2011 and 56 percent the year before. But why relegate such impressive consumption to mugs in the morning? Chef Brendan Neville of Chicago’s Bite Café uses it to make his homemade barbecue sauce.