American Storefront / Chicago Collection

As a kid growing up just across the border in Wisconsin, Chicago was geographically close, but seemed a world away. Like a cooler, older brother who'd gone off to college. The Museum of Science and Industry. Marriott’s Great America. Chicago Cubs games. Channels 32 and 9. WLS. Back-to-school downtown shopping trips.

40 years later, Chicago is still larger than life. I love the combination of cosmopolitan gleam with Midwestern approachability.This series of classic Windy City storefronts is my tribute to the working-class, no-BS, get-it-done mentality that runs through this town. There’s a little bit of everything, from donuts to cameras to bowling to movie shows to beer. That sounds like a pretty good day here actually.