It’s pretty obvious that Chicago places a heavy importance on the looks and aesthetic of the buildings downtown. That being the case it is on of the only major cities that I’ve been to where the downtown is still free to roam at night and hit marble ledges without being hassled. Raphael Aleev had just flown back into the city from spending sometime in S.F. He came out on the second night and took us to this spot where he got this ollie to tail on a planter.
The heat had finally died down the day I arrived in Chicago and everyone was ready to hit he streets after they got off work. Kevin Kuczkowski bounced this back 180 off this metal flap and over a loading dock. Kevin, no stranger to the camera himself, also has his own set of photos displayed at the shop.
After we hit a few spots in downtown we rode north to get to this handy-cap ramp where Andy Sismboune put down this front 180 despite the textured concrete run-up. We packed it up and called it a night and took the offer from the friendly neighbors upstairs to come up and have a drink.
Thanks again to everyone at Uprise Skateshop for the hospitality and everybody that rolled with us to make this happen. And a special thanks goes out to the guys watching my back while standing in traffic. The pb&j at the Boiler Room, with gardiniare and pbr meatballs is well worth the $7.50 and good to end the night after heavy shredding.