This year in late summer Gladys and I visited our family in the Chicago area. However, we didn't see the city centre on this trip due to hot weather followed by rain and other commitments. So this year we focussed exclusively on the suburbs for outings and photography - in Aurora, Geneva, Naperville and Wheaton. The results are a varied mix of street photography.
The expanded outlet mall in Aurora is a mecca for brand name bargain hunters. In contrast to my first visit on Labour Day weekend, there were relatively few people on this sunny morning.
We made two visits to Geneva, which is on the Fox River and capital of Kane County. This is an attractive town known with many local businesses in the historic centre. Some buildings are vividly painted - like this green example on State Street.
Even the fire hydrants are works of art.
A country music festival by the river ended with this dance.
Naperville is always a favourite visit for me. Here the giant murals often portray local history.
A brief shopping visit to Wheaton gave one of several opportunities for interior shots - here taken while waiting for my cappuccino.
While waiting for Gladys to check some stores in Geneva, I parked myself on a bench to listen to an excellent country-pop singer outside the court house and observe others on the street or taking a break.
You can check out the full gallery in this slideshow: