"Visual Quotations"
                  Photographs by Richard Freeman


Chicago, my kind of town!

Wherever I travel and whatever city I am living in, however lovely it may be, I always talk up my native city, Chicago. The music, the parks, the food, the architecture, the museums, and of course, the people. Chicago has it all. What follows is a set of images taken from growing up in and around the city in the late 1970s and short periods of residency and visits through 2014. My hope is that you will immerse yourself in the images, let them wash over you, and feel what the city is about. Chicago really is... my kind of town.

1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2013
1974 - 2013
1980 - 2013
1980 - 2013
1984 - 2013
1984 - 2013
1974 - 2013
1974 - 2013
1985 - 2014
1985 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1974 - 2014
1980 - 2013
1980 - 2013
1978 - 2014
1978 - 2014
1985 - 2014
1985 - 2014
1980 - 2013
1980 - 2013
Millenium Park: Before & After
Millenium Park: Before & After
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Millenium Park
Elvis Costello charms the crowds at Grant Park, July 2005
Elvis Costello charms the crowds at Grant Park, July 2005
Joel Peterson swings heavily at the Green Mill, 2013
Joel Peterson swings heavily at the Green Mill, 2013
John Hiatt, the Headliner, comes out early to help out his old bandmate, Sonny Landreth at the Taste of Chicago.
John Hiatt, the Headliner, comes out early to help out his old bandmate, Sonny Landreth at the Taste of Chicago.
The Wilders getting wild - Old Town School of Folk Music's Rhytm & Roots Festival, July 2005
The Wilders getting wild - Old Town School of Folk Music's Rhytm & Roots Festival, July 2005
Duwayne Burnside tears it up - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Duwayne Burnside tears it up - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Billie Branch sits (stands) in with the Sam Lay Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Billie Branch sits (stands) in with the Sam Lay Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
The Sam Lay Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
The Sam Lay Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Willie "Big Eye" Smith Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011 - Willie on harp and Bob Stroger on bass
Willie "Big Eye" Smith Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011 - Willie on harp and Bob Stroger on bass
Zac Harmon Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
Zac Harmon Band - Chicago Blues Festival, June 2011
1993
1993
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1993
2010
2010
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2010
1984
1984
1984
1984
1974
1974
1974
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1978
1978
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1978
1980
1980
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1980
1980
1980
1993
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1993
1993
1993
1993
1993
1993
1995
1995
1995
1995
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
2013
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
1978
wedding 2
wedding 4
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1980
1985
1985
1985
1985
1993 (I bought a T-shirt with their logo!)
1993
(I bought a T-shirt with their logo!)
1995 Wendy Gilbert, chef/owner of the Savoy Truffle adds a final touch of spices
1995
Wendy Gilbert, chef/owner of the Savoy Truffle adds a final touch of spices
1995
1995
1995
1995
1995
1995
1985 Fred, hustling at the Ginger Bread Tavern, N. Clark St.
1985
Fred, hustling at the Ginger Bread Tavern, N. Clark St.
Winter, oy!!!!! - Summer, Ahhhhh!!!
Winter, oy!!!!! - Summer, Ahhhhh!!!
Beach1
Beach6
Beach3
2010
2010
2010
2010
1990s
1990s
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Wrigley Field! September 10, 1984 (Cubbies won!)
Wrigley Field!
September 10, 1984
(Cubbies won!)
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
Da Bears. 1986
Da Bears. 1986
2013
2013
2013
2013
Chicago Bulls 2008
Chicago Bulls 2008
1990 Comisky Park's final season
1990
Comisky Park's final season
1990 Comisky Park's final season That's the new U.S. Cellular Field going up in the background.
1990
Comisky Park's final season
That's the new U.S. Cellular Field going up in the background.
1990 Comisky Park's final season
1990
Comisky Park's final season
1990 Comisky Park's final season
1990
Comisky Park's final season
The Friendly Confines (Wrigley Field) 2008
The Friendly Confines
(Wrigley Field) 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2008
Wrigley Field 2010
Wrigley Field 2010
Wrigley Field 2014
Wrigley Field 2014
Tribute to Harry Caray
Tribute to Harry Caray
Wrigley Field 2014
Wrigley Field 2014
Opening Night 8-8-88 1
8/8/88
Wrigley field was (proudly) the last major league baseball field without lights, allowing baseball to be played onlly under the sun. On this night the owners and the team finally set out to play the first ever night baseball game there. This was the very first pitch, made by Rick Sutcliffe (you can see the scoreboard on the upper deck which shows there is no ball count, no outs, and it is the first inning).
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Some believe the "higher authorities" did not want night baseball at Wrigley field, and in the 3rd inning a storm was headed our way.
Opening Night 8-8-88 11
Finally, in the 4th inning, the sky opened upon us.
Opening Night 8-8-88 15
The scoreboard shows the Cubs in the lead, but not enough baseball had been played to make it official.
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After a 2 & 1/2 hour wait, the umpires finally called the game. While the unofficial (and more memorable) first game is still 8/8/88 the first official game "in the books" was played the next night.
Sometime in early to mid 1970s: Chris Evert playing on the Virginia Slims tour (yes, a cigarette sponsor!).
Sometime in early to mid 1970s: Chris Evert playing on the Virginia Slims tour (yes, a cigarette sponsor!).
World Cup Futbol (Soccer) 1994 Goooooooooooool!
World Cup Futbol (Soccer) 1994
Goooooooooooool!
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