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    Going to Chicago... good shops, etc?

    Hi y'all,

    So I'll be going to Chicago for the 4th of July weekend and I'd like to know if there are any really cool camera shops that I should check out. I asked a similar question before going to Washington DC and found some great places, so I'd appreciate the favor again!

    I'm not too interested in big, corporate type stores, more like holes-in-the-wall with lots of vintage gear and that kind of stuff.

    I know there's a very well-traveled website that has a lot of LF stuff located in Chicago. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?? I can't seem to recall the name....

    Thanks!

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    Central Camera at Wabash and Jackson. Tons of vintage equipment.

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    I agree—Central Camera. Maybe the name you are trying to remember is Calumet?
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    No, I did think about Calumet, but that's not the one I'm searching for. Hmm...

    Thanks for the tip on Central Camera though, I'll definitely check it out.

    This website I'm thinking about gave the impression that they have a 'brick & mortar' location. They have tons of information on ULF tripods and stuf like that.

    UPDATE! here it is! http://www.glennview.com/ That's the one
    Last edited by holmburgers; 06-17-2010 at 03:53 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: found it!

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    This is the first that I've heard about the Glennview people.
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    That looks interesting, but still don't pass up Central Camera.

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    Glennview isn't a brick and mortar location. Central Camera is a must see. The shop is small, but they have lots of old cameras and a good vibe due to the great salespeople and photographers that hang out there. Hint: They'll bargain with you on the cost of used equipment. Don't miss the Museum of Contemporary Photography a few blocks a way at Columbia College--it's free and the exhibits are usually interesting.

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    You're thinking about Helix on S Racine Ave...EC

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    I was just at Central Camera at lunch today. I went to Helix yesterday at lunch and they didn't have tri-x or TMY in 120. Central Camera had plenty of both. They even have a Besslar 4x5 color enlarger in the back. Forget Helix and Calumet...go to Central. Central Camera is in walking distance of Millennium Park, the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

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    Another vote here for Central Camera. An amazing place with helpful and friendly service.

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