Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Kelleghan and today I’ll be sharing some of my favorite spots in Chicago. I’ve lived in the Chicagoland area my whole life and still call it home when I’m not traveling for work. And that reminds me, for work I’m an international photographer that specializes in shooting architecture, people, and everything in-between. Check out my top picks & photos below.
I know what you’re thinking: Such a basic answer, right? Wrong! I am still in awe when I go to Millennium park, especially for outdoor concerts. If you’re lucky, you can even catch the CSO practicing during lunchtime. I mean, what goes better with a sandwich and soup!? It should also be noted that if you can find a vantage point looking over Millennium park, go to it. The views are outstanding- it’s so easy to forget how amazing it looks from above! If you’ve already been to Millennium park, try going to places that are less traveled- ditch the bean for the gardens of the art institute. I also love the Harris theater- It’s a hidden gem!
All I have to say is, avocado toast. It would be my last meal if I had to choose! Everything else on their menu is stellar and this place is perfect for a Sunday brunch, or a weekday work sesh. It effortlessly transitions from cafe to bar, because we both know your annual reports go by faster with a Manhattan in hand. Aesthetically this place is a dream. It’s really clean and white with wood accents and makes for a great Instagram cameo. The servers are down to earth and will happily entertain even the most mundane conversations…
I have to include the lake, or as I call it, Michigan Ocean. I mean hey, if you can’t see the other side, it’s an ocean, right? This place has been a point of refuge for me ever since I moved to Chicago. I use it to unwind from my day, throw a Frisbee around, and cool off after a nice long run. It makes Chicago winters bearable (barely) by making the summers that much better. There’s simply no comparison, except for maybe a real ocean 🙂
plein air cafe
daniel kelleghan studio
A list of my favorite spots wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the place where I spend most of my time- my studio! Located in Pilsen, it’s just the perfect blend of natural light, minimal interior design, and functional photography studio. It’s also a great spot for entertaining- I’ve had parties with DJ’s, I’ve got a great stereo (essential for me!), and a projector for an awesome movie theater experience and photo shoot experimentation. It’s been my precious project since august and I’ve put so much time and sweat making this place what it is today and I’m very proud of it!