Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose André M. Bayard. Enjoy!
Good afternoon everyone! I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week! Whenever I go out exploring the city, my goal is to try and find different and unique vantage points of popular spots. Taking pictures of Calder's Flamingo is always fun because there are so many different ways you can capture it. I like this low vantage point with the reflection from the puddle. It's something different, something unique. #mychicagopix
Good evening everyone! I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. My last picture for the day was taken from @SkydeckChicago on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower. Views from this high are unreal! The massiveness of this city is incredible! However, even though Chicago is a big city, with tons of tall buildings, it's not overwhelming at all. It's actually quite comfortable and relaxing to be in the city. Perhaps being in the Midwest, it stays true to that "small-town" vibe. #mychicagopix
Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend! I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week! Every so often, I'd wake up really early to visit popular spots in the city. The hardest part is waking up, but once you're out of the house and on your way, it's worth it! Here's a shot of the famous Bean, usually crowded with people, completely empty. This is my favorite way of capturing the Bean. #mychicagopix
Good afternoon everyone! I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week! Chicago is a city where there is always something to do. And a lot of times it's free! This is a shot taken from inside the Garfield Park Conservatory. It's about a 10 minute train ride on the CTA Green Line from the city. The park is open 365 days a year, but I recommend visiting during the colder months to warm up while you're inside the greenhouse. #mychicagopix
Good evening everyone! I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week! Chicago is an architectural mecca. The buildings and the structures here are amazing! This is a shot I took at Marina City, from one of the petal like balconies looking towards Sears Tower. The views from here are incredible! But then again, it is Chicago! I wouldn't expect anything else! #mychicagopix
Good afternoon everyone. I’m @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week! I hope you've been enjoying my pictures so far! One of the best ways to get around the city is to ride the "L" train. You also get some pretty cool views of the city from here. With well over 700,000 people riding the "L" train a day, it is one of the most important and iconic features of Chicago. #Mychicagopix
Hey everyone! @a.m.bayard here and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. One of the things I enjoy doing in the city is visiting the zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo, just north of the city, is a fun way to spend the day. Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. The zoo is home to a wide variety of animals including giraffes, camels, bald eagles, many different reptiles, gorillas, two-toed sloths, red pandas, and big cats, like the African lion. There are over 1,100 animals from over 200 different species at the zoo. Also there is an oak tree in the zoo that dates to1830, three years before the city was founded! #Mychicagopix
Good afternoon! I'm @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. Have you checked out the new sections of the Riverwalk? Three new sections of the Riverwalk have recently opened, with three more scheduled to open by the end of next year. With new restaurants, kayak rentals and other shops, and plenty of seating along the way, the Riverwalk is very popular and a great place to hang out. #Mychicagopix
Good evening! @a.m.bayard here and I've been #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. Tomorrow is Friday, which means one more day till the weekend! Have you ever experienced the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier? The seven minute ride provides you with awesome views of the city and great opportunities to take pictures. You should visit soon though! At the end of September, they will close down the Ferris Wheel and start the construction to replace it with a bigger and more modern wheel. The new and improved, 196 foot wheel (50 feet taller than the current one), will have temperature controlled gondolas, and a 12 minute ride time that takes you around three times! It's going to be very exciting! The new Ferris Wheel is planned to reopen May 2016. #Mychicagopix
Good Morning everyone! Friday is finally here! I'm @a.m.bayard and I've been #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. Chicago's lakefront is part of what makes this city awesome! It's clean, fun, relaxing, and absolutely beautiful. You can also go on a nice walk, run, or bike ride along the Chicago Lakefront Trail. The18 mile pathway along the lake, connects most of Chicago's beaches and popular spots like Navy Pier and the Museum Campus. You can also catch views of the skyline essentially throughout the entire trail. #Mychicagopix
What's up everyone! I'm @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. Buckingham Fountain, one of Chicago's most popular sites, is such a great place to rest from a long day of exploring and watch the water show. Make sure you stay long enough to catch the center jet shoot 150 feet into the air. Being one of the biggest fountains in the world, with an amazing skyline backdrop, it is no wonder that it is a Chicago favorite. #Mychicagopix
Hi again! I'm @a.m.bayard and I'm #TakingOverChooseChicago's Instagram this week. This is a shot looking down The Magnificent Mile. Every so often, I like to walk down this street and be amongst the thousands of people who enjoy this city so much. If you want to do some excellent shopping, site see, buy a souvenir, or just have an exciting Chicago experience, I recommend walking The Magnificent Mile. There's always so much going on down here, you wouldn't want to miss it! #Mychicagopix
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