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    Since you're an APUPer, go to Columbia College. The have the finest photo museum anywhere. The Museum of Contemporary of Photography.

    Here's there website:

    http://mocp.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    Since you're an APUPer, go to Columbia College. The have the finest photo museum anywhere. The Museum of Contemporary of Photography.

    Here's there website:

    http://mocp.org/
    Now if there were only a museum of un-contemporary photography for us throw-backs.
    Charles Hohenstein

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    I'm a bit of a throw back too

    Quote Originally Posted by Chazzy View Post
    Now if there were only a museum of un-contemporary photography for us throw-backs.
    I'm a bit of a throw back too. Chicago is a great museum town for every interest. If MCOP is too rad, you could always go to the Art Institute. Saw a great Harry Callahan. A great master photographing the love of his life Eleanor. BTW this guy is the one that shoots with a camera not Dirty Harry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chazzy View Post
    Now if there were only a museum of un-contemporary photography for us throw-backs.
    That would be the extensive basement photography galleries at the Art Institute.

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    Another vote for Central Camera, very cool atmosphere. When I worked in the loop I used to walk over there at lunchtime. After you are finished shopping make sure you duck into the Exchequer Pub for a cold one and lunch, it is right down the street on Wabash.

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    Awesome, thanks everyone. Central Camera it is! And the MOCP is a must. I didn't know about it, so I'm very glad you all said something.

    As for Glennview, yeah, no brick & mortar, but that's ok.

    Thanks!

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    Unfortunately you are about 20 years too late to see Darkroom Aids, possibly the best store of used & abused anything photographic. It was one of my most favorite stores in the world.

    Do check out Central Camera. The old LF stuff is in the case immediately to the right of the entrance door. It's usually obscured by stuff in front of it in the aisle. Close to the Art Institute.

    The photography at the Art Institute is worth a look, particularly if you schedule your trip on a free day. The admission fee is somewhat outlandish. Even though I'm a member, I feel the daily rate is pretty high.

    There really isn't much at Calumet, I only go there if I'm desperate. Very underwhelming store.

    Helix doesn't have their used stuff out anymore, they sell all of it via ebay these days.

    Columbia usually has some interesting photography on display. Close to the Art Institute too.

    Have a good trip

    John

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    Central is about all there is left in Chicago. Helix was one of the big stores for years, easily competitive with Central and Darkroom Aids.
    I think they keep shooting themselves in the foot, Used to be able to find anything there. Now it's "we can't sell it". Can't sell it if you don't stock it! DOH!
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Central Camera is a great place. Walked in there last time I was in Chicago looking for TXP 4x5" and there it was. Had my Technika on my shoulder, and the kids at the film counter were totally interested in checking it out.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    I was in Central Camera yesterday buying film, and it was as good and fun as ever. Helix appears to be on the way out and I don't bother going there any more. The last two times I went I was the only customer in the store. Calumet has less and less for the silver based photographer–the darkroom section is now one small shelf display off in a corner. I agree that Central is really the best of what's left in Chicago and is a treasure to be supported.
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