Good evening IGers! We want to start the week off by telling you we have a lot going on in July, including a chance to WIN some 3-day passes to PITCHFORK courtesy of our friends at @WLakeshore! Stay tuned!
Congratulations to @_ncrawford_ for this featured photo, chosen by @cmykchicago! | #igerschicago

“We all think we’re going to be great. And we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met. But sometimes, our expectations sell us short. Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. You gotta wonder why we cling to our expectations because the expected is just what keeps us steady, standing, still. The expected’s just the beginning. The unexpected is what changes our lives.” : #stellerIDchicago by cmykchicago


Instagram Weekend Hashtag Challenge  |  #WHPfirstphotoredo

On October 29th, 2010, I posted my first photo to Instagram. I actually had downloaded the app a couple weeks prior but didn’t really get the point: why would I want other people to see pictures I take with my phone? Well in those two weeks of just having an account, I gained a few random followers, so I figured might as well give them something to look at. As I was on my way to work and waiting for the train, I took a picture of my view and applied my then favorite, now no longer, filter Gotham. And low and behold - people started liking and commenting… Chicagoans from the same neighborhood, people from across the states with the same interests, foreigners from around the world who loved my city. I checked out their streams, got inspired to take more photos, learned about places I’ve never been, and gained a few friends along the way. Social media at it’s finest. Thanks to Instagram, I became reacquainted with an art that I once loved but had forgotten about and am given a great outlet to grow some of my photographic skills.

“‘Mankind.’ That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!’” : #chicago #independenceday by cmykchicago