Sightsee and be seen in Chicago

We headed to Chicago for our latest catalog shoot, where the gorgeous architecture and lake’s cool hues form the backdrop for our Winter collections. There’s so much to see in just a few days, so we set up shop in some of Chicago’s downtown parks and avenues. Here are some of the locations featured in the catalog … perfect for a weekend trip!


Grant Park

According to the Chicago Park District, Grant Park is known as Chicago’s front yard, nestled in between Lake Michigan and the high rises along S. Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. Highlights of the park include three museums and Buckingham Fountain – it wasn’t hard for us to find stunning locations for the shoot.


Buckingham Fountain

While shooting in Grant Park, we were sure to stop at Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world, and most recognizable landmarks in the city. The fountain was completed in 1927 and operates from April to mid-October.


Art Institute of Chicago

Located at the edge of Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago features more than 300,000 works of art and pieces from cultures all around the world. The museum sites on the southeastern corner of downtown and is guarded by two bronze lions that were made for the Institute’s grand opening in 1893.


Navy Pier

Historic Navy Pier was a welcome respite during the busy shoot; it features family entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. We even took a ride on the 150-foot ferris wheel, modeled after the first-ever ferris wheel that was built in Chicago in 1863.


Crown Fountain

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a shallow reflecting pool anchored by two 50-foot glass fountains that display the faces of more than 1,000 Chicago residents. The flowing of water through the mouths of those pictured symbolizes life, and runs from mid-Spring to mid-October. What a great place for us to try out our Umbrella!


Chicago Riverwalk

We love the architecture and cityscape from the many bridges that span the Chicago River along Wacker Drive, seen throughout the Winter catalog. Just below the bridges runs the Chicago Riverwalk, which hugs the river from Michigan Avenue to State Street – a great path for a morning jog or evening walk.


Here’s a “top” priority: The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. offers public and private sightseeing tours throughout the city on red and green double-decker trolleys. If you don’t have time to see all of the sights individually, here’s a great way to see them all at once!

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12 Responses to Sightsee and be seen in Chicago

  1. R T says:

    Great pictures – should be a fantastic catalog!

  2. EW says:

    Everywhere I look I see VB merchandise in use on the streets of Chicago. Thanks for showing off our beautiful city!

  3. Harriet Bryan says:

    Please design and IPAD2 sleeve.

  4. Libby says:

    Great shots of the city! I always forget Chicago is so nearby… I need to visit more often!

  5. Tori says:

    please make a bigger book bag and a bag that is for dog supplies

  6. Love the photos of my home city, even though i no longer live there!

  7. Sheila says:

    I love Chicago big city with midwest feel to it.

  8. Gay Martin says:

    Beautiful shots in a beautiful city……but where is the Large Hobo???? Can’t find it anywhere in stores or online in new patterns. It’s my absolute favorite purse!

  9. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of history along with the matching color of Vera at those locations!

  10. Sue Fryer says:

    I got your e-mail today about being the last day for 60% off on selected colors and free shipping on $100 or more. I was going to order $100 worth of merchandise to get the free shipping, but literally everything I wanted was “sold out on line”. Every single item. I know it says while supplies last and it is the last day of the sale, but get real. When a customer requests a color, you should not put it up on the list of items if it is not available. I have ordered items online that were on sale, had them removed from my order (being advised they were out of stock after the order went through) only to have them come up again at regular price the next week. I do admit, when I called to complain, I got the item at the sale price and did not have to pay the shipping. But I did have to call back and ask for it to be sent to me at the sale price with free shipping. Love your products. Love your outlets. Please put one in central Ohio.

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