One of the great ways to explore any city is to walk its streets and just observe. One of my favourite things to do is to take pictures of the shop windows. It is my form of window shopping and at the same time documenting a city's unique sense of place.
I find that many of the reflections combine a rich layering of imagery - the window display, the architecture across the street, the people walking by, the cars and bikes driving by, street furniture, trees and flowers.
I like the visual complexity - it is hard to read these photos at a glance, it takes some time to decipher the details. There is often a wonderful a sense of energy, as well as a sense of as you capture the fleeting moment of people walking by. There is randomness and sense of surprise. I don't compose the picture and just point and shoot.
I have used the term "window licking" in several blogs now - Paris and Portlandia. I do so because the french phase for window shopping "fair du leche-vitrines" translates into English as "licking the windows."
I think the images I have chosen for this photo essay demonstrate the charm and character of the streets of Chicago from Michigan Avenue aka Magnificient Mile, to Old Town and Bucktown.
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