Photo Travel Bug

​Our goal is to create interesting photography trips, locally and around the world, for beginner students and professionals alike. We visit international destinations, local spots and explore off the beaten path locations. We believe that with us as your teachers and guides, we can help you to improve your skills, see the world in a new way and learn different photography techniques to make you a better photographer.

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Thanks

Danny

Upcoming  Adventures

October 2019

October 23rd -  10:00am-8pm  Farm Day Out. Heading back for the Fall Colors, we will travel to Morris Illinois area and spend the day on a working farm with abandoned properties, livestock and random fun. Visiting 

We have the opportunity to photograph 3 different farm estates. Working farms with cows, hogs, roosters, goats, abandoned properties, and farm houses. We will stop for lunch at a local establishment.  Possible BBQ as dinner and Astro photography to finish.  Limit  8 people. Cost $50 

November 2019

Nov 1st - 2nd 2019 Horicon Marsh Fall Bird Migration. Depart Chicago at 1:30 p.m. We will be photographing Canadian wild geese & other wildlife. Sunrise shoot Saturday morning, followed by stops at two famous landmarks and we hope to capture the Fall colors on the way home. Cost is $350. This is non-refundable and includes, hotel and breakfast. Book by August 1st (we need 6 people to confirm the trip) Payment via Zelle, check or cash. Your reservation is not confirmed until payment has been received. 

Nov 6th - 6pm-9pm Chicago Night Walk. Free, limited to 10 people. We are going to shoot some of the classic night spots in Chicago. There will be a little walking and a little driving on this outing as we try to hit as many spots as possible in what we are calling "Chicago Night Walk on Steroids"

December 2019

Dec 2nd 3:15pm-8:00pm Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Free, limited to 10 people. 
We will start in Bensonville at 3:15pm and then head out to Gurnee for 5:30pm and maybe hit a local spot after that around d 6:30pm.

Dec- CTA Holiday Train. Free, limited to 10 people. Once the schedule comes out we will plan the trips to catch the CTA Holiday train in some great local spots.

January 2020

January 11th - Abandoned Day Out  9am-5pm Visit an abandoned site within close distance to Chicago. We will return around 5pm.  Depending on the weather and numbers we have 2-3 locations to visit. Details will be sent in an email the week before we leave. Bring a tripod, hand warmers and plenty of layers.  Limited to 10 people. FREE

March 19th - Chicago henge  5-7pm  Limited to 10 people. FREE

April 2020

June 2020

September 2020

October 2020

September 26th - Doors Open Milwaukee  8am-8pm. Travel to the historic city of Milwaukee and get access to buildings not normally open to the public . We are working on getting photography passes to push us to the front of the line. We will be hiring a Bus for this trip. Limited to 30 people. CostTBD

Previous Trips
June - 2017
December - 2017

January - 2018

February - 2018

December 13th - Join me in photographing the 2017 Jewel Osco CTA Holiday Train on the Red Line. 4:24PM (Fullerton) & 5:10PM (Belmont)

January 13th-  9am-5pm Visit an abandoned site within close distance to Chicago. We will return around 5pm.  Depending on the weather and numbers we have 2-3 locations to visit. Details will be sent in an email the week before we leave. Bring a tripod, hand warmers and plenty of layers.  Limited to 10 people. FREE

January 27th - We will meet at Garfield Conservatory at 9am and finish the day at 12pm. With 6 multi faceted GreenHouses there is plenty for us to see and photograph with the Fern room, Desert house, Palm room etc. This workshop is free and Limited to 6 people.

February 10th    -    Out of Chicago Winter Conference -

Joliet Junior College 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431

http://www.outofchicago.com/winter/                                                       CANCELLED

February 17th - 9am meet downtown. Chicago Pedway Tour we will walk around the underground layers of Chicago photographing the underbelly of the city.  Come see what lies beneath the amazing architecture of Chicago. Limited to 12 people. FREE

March - 2018
April - 2018

May 4th -  10am meet downtown. Chicago Pedway Tour. We are offering a second chance to walk around the underground layers of Chicago photographing the underbelly of the city.  Come see what lies beneath the amazing architecture of Chicago. Limited to 12 people. FREE   Pictures below from out last walk.

May 19th -  Fermilab. Come visit  Illinois's Particle Accelerator and the Bisen. Two wonderfully built buildings and lots of nature walks and wildlife will add for an interesting day trip. We will leave Chicago at 9am or meet people there at 10am returning about 5pm to Chicago. FREE

May 20th 10am -  We are happy to announce TWO dates to meet with us and learn more about PhotoTravelBug, our team, trips, and what you can expect coming out with us for a day. weekend, or week. We will be meeting at Richard Stromberg;s Chicago Photography Classes 4001 Nth Ravenswood Ave, Suite 105, Chicago Illinois. These events are both FREE. Please email us at the link above to let us know if you can make it.

June 2nd 11am -  We are happy to announce TWO dates to meet with us and learn more about PhotoTravelBug, our team, trips, and what you can expect coming out with us for a day. weekend, or week. We will be meeting at Richard Stromberg;s Chicago Photography Classes 4001 Nth Ravenswood Ave, Suite 105, Chicago Illinois. These events are both FREE. Please email us at the link above to let us know if you can make it.

June 13th-  Photo Trip to Rockford Illinois. Plenty of interesting abandoned sites as well as a Botanic Garden and a possible trip inside the Coronto Theatre.  FREE

June 23rd-24th-  PhotoTravelBug will be a vendor at the Out of Chicago Summer Conference for both days. Held at University Center 525 South State Street,  Chicago 60605. 9pm to 6PM. Come and say Hello!  Check out the conference at www.outofchicago.com/summer/ 

June 25th-  6:30PM Meet downtown to photograph the Fulton Market District of Chicago.  FREE

July - 2018

July 14th  Join us on Saturday morning July 14th (Early 5am ish) to photograph the the sunrise. (Weather permitting) This is the legendary walk with Nick-Neale & Danny. Well anyways its the three of us wandering around having fun. This is a more like "be with us morning", but not a huge Learn this and that. We want to shoot to, if we are getting up early. The location is so secret we don't even know where we will be shooting yet, but it will be close to downtown and early. No traffic!!!!!!

July 26th  Join us on Thursday July 26th to photograph the Chicago Full Moon Jam. Photograph performers, fire breathers, drummers and much more at Foster Ave Beach from 6:30PM onwards. You can arrive when ever is good for you but know that spots get taken up quickly. Learn different techniques to photograph fire and people.

August - 2018

August 18th  Photo Trip to Starved Rock. Leaving at 11am we will head first to an abandoned Factory, then head to Starved Rock. We will stay for a sunset shoot. Arrival back in Chicago after 10pm.  FREE

August 27th  Join us on Monday 27th to photograph the Chicago Full Moon Jam. Photograph performers, fire breathers, drummers and much more at Foster Ave Beach from 6:30PM onwards. You can arrive when ever is good for you but know that spots get taken up quickly. Learn different techniques to photograph fire and people.

August 31st-Sept 2nd  Join us over the weekend to photograph balloons at the Harvard balloon Festival. Amazing chance to get on the field and photograph these balloons and their captains close up. There is also a photography contest run at the event. Check out more   https://harvardballoonfest.com      

Let us know if you are coming so we can give you all the behind the scenes details.

September - 2018

September 22nd  Meet with us and almost every other photographer in Chicago to photograph the twice annual Chicago Henge during the fall equinox. When the sun goes down directly West behind the skyline of Chicago.  FREE

September 27-30th - Filter Photo Festival is in downtown Chicago for the whole weekend. Lots of Events, classes, and walks. Both Danny & Denise will be involved in the Portfolio Reviews this year as well as some other staff from Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes.   Most of it is FREE

October - 2018

Oct 13th 9am-4pm  - Open House Chicago. Come explore some of Chicago's amazing architecture, some of these buildings are only open once a year. We will meet between 8:00 and 8:30am at a designated place on the Northside of Chicago. From there we will depart to our first location. We will be traveling to multiple locations by bus together as parking will difficult. Cost is $50. This is non refundable. Book by October 4th (we need 20 people to confirm the trip) Payment via Zelle, cheque or cash. Your reservation is not confirmed until payment has been received. When you register please tell us how you would like to pay and we will send you an email.

November - 2018

Nov 13th 6pm-9pm - Photo walk around Chicago streets at night time. We will take in Chicago River Walk, Calder's Flamingo, Stage Door Alley, Chicago Bridges. FREE

December - 2018

December 5th 3:30pm & 5:10pm We will be photographing the CTA - AllState Holiday Train. This will be on the pink line near the loop. The train is making two trips, so feel free to meet us at one time or both. FREE

Dec 6th  3-5:30- Join me in photographing the 2018 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Meeting at 3pm in Bensenville, and if we want to get some night shots we will follow it to Gurnee. FREE

December 11th 3:30pm - 5:45pm We will be photographing the CTA - AllState Holiday Train. This will be on the red line near the school. The train is making two trips, so feel free to meet us at one time or both. FREE

December 20th 7pm - Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes Bake Off. Yes its that time of year again. Come and eat and drink, or bake something to try and win a free class at the school. FREE

January - 2019

January 19th 9:00am - Join us on one of our most popular walks. The Chicago Pedway. Mostly indoors although we suggest you dress warmly, this is an interesting way to see Chicago from beneath the city. This workshop is FREE and Limited to 10 people.

January 24th 7:00pm - Nat Geo talk at the Auditorium Theatre Chicago.  "pink Boots & a Machete"  Tickets $55   Sit with us or get your own tickets. let us know and we can sit together. All Welcome

February 2019

February 20th - 9:00am-12:00pm   Garfield Park Conservatory. A local favorite spot for photographers in the winter. You may use your tripod and with 6 multi- faceted green houses there is plenty for us to see and photograph.This workshop is FREE and limited to 10 people.

February 24th - 12:00pm-4:00pm   Abandoned Buildings shoot with a Twist. Location and details to be sent after you sign up.

March 2019

March 20th - 6:30-7:30pm Chicago Henge. We will meet downtown to shoot this twice annual event. This workshop is FREE and limited to 10 people.

April 2019

May 2019

April 27th  - 9am-6pm  Out of Chicago Winter Conference.  College of Lake County Greyslake Illinois

May 8th - 9:00am-7:00pm   Mitchell Domes, Milwaukee. We will be exploring the Japanese Zen Garden here. We have arranged for the use of tripods. We will leave from 2 locations, Chicago Photography Classes at 9:00 a.m. and Highland Park Art Center from 9:40 a.m. The bus and entry fee is included. Cost is $100. This is a non-refundable trip. To confirm your seat you may pay by check or Zelle. 

May 26th - 8am-12:00pm Abandoned Photo Shoot - Indiana , we will be heading to Gary to photograph some interesting locations. Sign up for more details.

June 2019

June 8thFermilab. Come visit  Illinois's Particle Accelerator and the Bisen. Two wonderfully built buildings and lots of nature walks and wildlife will add for an interesting day trip. We will leave Chicago at 9am or meet people there at 10am returning about 5pm to Chicago. Cost $25

June 15th  - Fabyan Forest Preserve/Indian Temple. 5:00am-12pm. With an early start to the day, we will photograph the sunrise over a Dutch Windmill. We will then have time to walk around the Fabyan Forest Preserve, seeing tunnels, water bridges and wildlife.  Heading out for a late Brunch we will then drive to Bartlet to Photograph the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple.  The beautiful ivory building features five carved pinnacles surrounding a central dome, all spread across the huge central building.The ornate marble and limestone complex was remarkably constructed in just 16 months by a supernaturally dedicated group of 1,700 volunteers, using no steel support in the entire building. The speedy construction feat was achieved by quarrying the stone from such disparate countries as Turkey and Italy, then shipping the raw rocks to India for carving. The delicate and ornate stonework was then carved in India for 22 months prior to being shipped out to Bartlett where the pieces were put together like the most expensive Lego set of all time.     Cost $50

June 30th-  9am-6pm  Wind Turbines of Lasalle County. We will leave Chicago at 8am and head out towards Paw Paw. Stopping at an abandoned barn or two we will photograph Barns/Wind Turbines/Animals. This will be a little bit of a free flowing day as we see the weather change and adapt. Cost $50.

July 10th-  6:30pm  Chicago City Walk. Fulton River District. We we walk around the river section of Fulton area in Chicago. Finishing off at with a night shot of the river and with CTA train trails. FREE

August 2019

August 17th - Chicago Air & Water Show. All Day   FREE

August 30th-  8am-8pm  Farm Day Out. We will travel to the Morris Illinois area and spend the day on a working farm with abandoned properties, livestock and random fun.

We have the opportunity to photograph 3 different farm estates. Working farms with cows, hogs, roosters, goats, abandoned properties, and farm houses. We will stop for lunch at a local establishment.  Possible BBQ as dinner and Astro photography to finish.  Limit  8 people. Cost $50 

September 2019

September 23rd - 6:00-7:00pm Chicago Henge. We will meet downtown to shoot this twice annual event. This workshop is FREE and limited to 10 people.

Oct 19th  8:45am-6pm  - Open House Chicago. Come explore some of Chicago's amazing architecture including some that are only open once a year. We will meet between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. at a designated place on the Northside of Chicago. We will be traveling to multiple locations by bus. Cost is $50. This is non-refundable. Book by September 1st (we need 20 people to confirm the trip) Payment via Zelle, check or cash. Your reservation is not confirmed until payment has been received.

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Abandoned Day Shoot

PhotoTravelBug's First Day trip out with students to 3 Abandoned Sites in the Chicago Area