Women’s March Chicago 2018

Women and men of Chicago came out in force once again, with an estimated crowd of 300,000 rallying for equal rights and against the Trump administration at the second Women’s March.

It was really inspirational to see men and women of all ages getting out and marching.

Here are some of my photos from the day.

Women's March Chicago 2018

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2017

Canon once again was the main sponsor at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.   Canon offered people cameras and lenses to use each day of the event for no charge.  Everyone was also given a free 8GB SD card so they could take all their images home.

For the second year in a row I worked in the large Canon tent manning the “Ask The Expert” counter.  I stayed busy all day mainly showing people how to adjust their borrowed cameras to capture the days festivities.

The Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon convention in the world. The number of registered balloons reached a peak of 1,019 in 2000, prompting the Balloon Fiesta Board to limit the number to 750 starting in 2001, citing a desire for “quality over quantity”. The limit was changed to 600 in 2009 — citing recent growth in the city and a loss of landing zones. On any given day during the festival, up to 100,000 spectators may be on the launch field where they are provided the rare opportunity to observe inflation and take off procedures. Countless more people gather at landing sites all over the city to watch incoming balloons.

Mass Ascensions

One of the biggest events of the fiesta, where all participating balloons launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once.

Balloon Glows

Large numbers of balloons are illuminated at night by their propane burners. They stand static and do not take off during these events. The “Glowdeo” is a night glow for the special shapes balloons.

Cubs vs Dodgers 2017 NLCS

Finally got called up to the big league this summer.

Chicago Cubs hired me to try and capture what happens inside and outside the stadium during the playoffs.  It was a lot of fun even though the Cubs only won one of the three games and were eliminated from the playoffs.

The 2017 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2017 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 2016 NLCS, which Chicago won four games to two en route to their first World Series victory since 1908.

Here are just a few of the many photos I took during those three days in October.

Finding the perfect spot on the chalk wall at Wrigley.

Owner Tom Ricketts handing out baseballs to kids during the game.

Green Day – Wrigley Field 8/24/2017

I was fortunate to be home when someone from the The Cubs organization called me.  “Can you be at Wrigley Field in a half hour?  Green Day wants a photo with the Cubs World Series Trophy during their sound check”

I somehow managed to change my clothes, pack my gear for photo shoot and still make it to Wrigley in time.  Shoot went well and the concert was great.  Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool treated their Wrigley debut on Thursday night as if it was an opportunity to show they still were young at heart. Green Day played all their hits as well as songs from “Revolution Radio,” the group’s most recent LP.

Taste of Uptown 2017

The Taste of Uptown is a culinary celebration of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
The 2nd Annual Taste of Uptown is an event that celebrates Uptown’s amazing cultural and culinary diversity. This restaurant crawl featured small bites and samplings from Uptown eateries. Participants received a passport at check-in at Fat Cat Bar (4840 N. Broadway) and strolled from restaurant to restaurant along the Broadway and Wilson corridors enjoying samples at various locations.

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Photo Copyright  Dave Suarez Photography 2017

Milly’s Orchid Show: 29 Years and Holdin’

You never know what you’re going to see when you go to a Milly’s Orchid Show. Fire eaters, singers, dancers, rope-twirlers, storytellers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and those less easily categorized.  Over the years she’s had guests such as Blue Man Group, David Sedaris, Eric Begosian and Poi Dog Pondering.

Murphy was, and is, Milly May Smithy, a sassy, saucy, bespangled character, a sort of weird combination of Dolly Parton and a Las Vegas showgirl. She dresses in crazy outfits, has a huge beehive hairdo, giant eyelashes and some fitting gaudy makeup.

This show featured Karol Kent’s Cubs trilogy, the band Expo ’76, Wendy Clinard & Company Flamenco Dance, Marc Smith (the poet and creator of the Uptown Poetry Slam), actresses Paula Killen and Consuelo Allen, Blue Man Group and a hilarious letter written by David Sedaris.

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Ben Harper – Grant Park – July 7, 2017

Thanks to WXRT, Lin Brehmer and Sam Phelps for throwing me such a great birthday concert yesterday in Grant Park. Here are four photos I took of Ben Harper performing.
Great show! all photos © davesuarez.com
all photos © davesuarez.com
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all photos © davesuarez.com

 

Salsa in the Park – Chicago Summers

UPTOWN — Uptown Saturday Nights will celebrate the 21st anniversary of Chicago Summerdance with Salsa lessons and live Latin music.

Chicago Summerdance is a summertime celebration that transforms parks across the city into dance space, according to the City of Chicago website.

The monthly event hosted by Uptown United will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Road.