Urban Nymph Photo

Digital heart, analog soul

Hot fun in the summertime

There's something magical about kids having water fun in the hot summer sun. Chi-town, and the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, take this to a whole new level. This is one of my favorite shots from my trip. It looked good in color, but there was just something timeless about the black and white conversion—this picture could have been taken during any decade—children playing in the water, in the summer, resonates across time, race, and culture.

{ hot fun in the summertime }

Oly E-M5 | Oly M.12-40mm f2.8 | f2.8 | 1/640 | ISO200 | LR CC2015 PP VSCO film: Fuji Neopan 1600

The Italian Village

When I was 14, I took my first trip to Chicago, with my mom's best friend. While I spent most of my time in a Ferris Bueller-esque suburb, I did get to spend one wonderful evening in the city, for a dinner at The Italian Village. I don't remember anything of the city of Chicago from this trip, except this magical restaurant.

Fast forward 29 years later, The Italian Village is still a part of Chicago's rich Italian history. It's the oldest Italian restaurant in Chicago, and not only was it a favorite of top mobsters (Al Capone), it was a favorite of celebrities as well (like Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand).

I felt like a girl again (this time with cocktails) as I sat at the bar and enjoyed my lunch. The food was delicious, and the charm was as magical as I remember.

{ The Italian Village }

While not a technically perfect image, it captures the magic and wonder I remember from 29 years ago.