Steve Gubin is a fine art and documentary photographer born in Chicago. Although his photographs defy any easy categorization, a careful viewing often reveals a subtle sense of mystery and surrealism, odd frozen moments of uneasy...
For most of those who live in the Chicago area, summer is a season to be treasured. But due to its brevity, and the often bitter harshness of winter in the Midwest, there is a subtle but relentless pressure to enjoy as many of the warm summer days as possible. Beneath the simple pleasures of barbecues, going to the beach, walking through parks, museums, zoos, and forest preserves, an almost manic fever takes hold, propelling those of us who live here to "get outside, go somewhere, do something!"
In the summer, the proximity of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood to shaded parks, the zoo, Lake Michigan, and numerous sidewalk cafes, draws both residents and visitors to its upscale streets. On a hot Saturday in June, we journeyed from the North Side via the El to join the diverse crowds that congregate here. From promoters of Puerto Rican statehood, the riders of the El, the diners and waiters at an outdoor cafe, to a street corner shadow boxer and a man towing a pig on a bicycle, Lincoln Park has it all.