Beer in Chicago
Earlier this month I spent a few days in Chicago to photograph the Craft Brewers Conference. It’s a conference of beer brewers from all over the world converging for seminars, a trade show, and this year, the World Beer Cup—The Olympics of beer!
I was lucky enough to stay at a hotel in The Loop right along the river. The conference site was just a few blocks away, so I was able to walk to my assignments. The first few days there, Chicago was cold, wet and foggy—just like spring in Portland. As I walked across the Michigan Ave bridge I could almost hear the theme song to the Bob Newhart show. That dates me to be sure, but I could recognize many of the buildings from the opening scenes.
I used to always think that Superman’s Gotham city was based on New York. Now that I’ve spent a few days in The Loop, I know that the writers were thinking of Chicago. The towering walls of concrete and steel were unmistakable. Even the huge gothic skyscraper that houses the Chicago Tribune looked to be ripped from the comic books.