Art Institute of Chicago, June 11 / Matt Vanderzalm
Art Institute of Chicago, June 11 / Matt Vanderzalm

To create this issue, we sought photographs that express what it looks and feels like to live in Chicago in 2010. Some were submitted during the year to our Flickr pool (flickr.com/groups/chicagoreader). Others came in response to our call for entries. Some portray memorable events (the Air & Water Show). Others record small moments that went largely unnoticed (a woman battling a headwind as she crosses the Columbus Drive bridge). One of the photographers whose work is published here will win a new camera from Central Camera in a random drawing to be held in the new year.

Cabrini-Green, October 3 / John Crouch
Filming of Transformers 3 on Wacker between Wabash and State, July 25 / Brian Bonenberger
Columbus Drive Bridge, July 5 / Brian Bonenberger
Near Kinzie & Kingsbury, March 26 / Patrick O’Neil
Chicago Air & Water Show, August 14 / Robert Boake
Polar Bear Club, North Avenue Beach, January 1 / Mike Coleman
Logan Square, May 23 / David Schalliol
Open Hydrant, 2639 W. LeMoyne / Gabriel X. Michael
Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, June 29 / Jeffery Johnson
Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago, February 27 / Ian Bul-lalayao
Promontory Point / Meera Lee Sethi
Naper Settlement, Naperville, May 15 / John Curtis
Jewel-Osco, 2485 Howard, Evanston / Erin Nekervis
Chiditarod, 1800 W. Division, March 6 / David Adler
No Pants Subway Ride, January 10 / Robbie Conaway
Near 24th and Wentworth, July 31 / Bart Heird