One month of 2017 is officially on the book.
On 30 days' evidence, safe to say it's going to be an eventful year
Below you'll find 21 'Grams, our compendium of the month that was, as told by 21 of our favorite social media-savvy shutterbugs.
Buckle up. We're just getting started.
Because star-gazing ain't a bad way to start off the New Year.
Because we don't care what anyone says: Chicago is pretty all year round.
Because you showed up.
Spent the #womensmarchonchicago making portraits for @chicagomag ||| See the people, including Yasmeen Elagha, and learn their stories at http://chi.mg/2j6NyvK and http://chi.mg/2kkBHiL ||| “I want to bring awareness of the Middle Eastern struggle, of the Palestinian struggle, of the Muslim struggle, especially as a veiled woman. [I’m letting] people know that I stand with them, so I would like them to stand with me,” Elagha said. #chicago #womensmarch
Because ♫ this is what democracy looks like! ♫
Because until we meet again.
Because we can't wait to see what's next.
Because you never thought you'd see this, did ya?
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks signs a champagne bottle and the bear uniform for fan Brad Schmidt of Jasper, In. There was a sellout crowd at the final day of the Cubs Convention in Chicago as fans lined up for autographs, merchandise and to have their photos taken with players and the World Series trophy Sunday Jan 15, 2017 . Nancy Stone photo. #cubsconvention #cubs #worldseries
Because this year's Cub's Convention was one for the books.
Stoked to have the best day ever tomorrow! @livebetterco is taking over the @chicagobucketlist account tomorrow 1/24. We have an epic day planned. @bret_gornik @jasonloebig will be hosting a free yoga session under The Bean at 4pm. We will be filming and photographing the whole flow, so come join us. Here we go!
Because pro tip: SUP in the winter and you get Lake Michigan all to yourself.
Because Wilmot Mountain spruced the place up a bit, and you should go.
Because something fancy is afoot in West Town.
Because winter never stopped us from going to a music festival.
Wonderful seeing this legend last week with my good friend @artemisawakes . I got enough shots to do a year of Music Mondays! #concertphotography #music #livemusic #musicphotography #livemusicphotography #gigphotography #pursuitofportraits #nikon #nikonnofilter #mynikonlife #nikontop @nikontop #fierce_shots #guitar #guitarist #ig_photostars #shootthepeople #postthepeople #igshotz #shotzdelight #igworldclub #igmasters #global_hotshotz #All2Epic #IG_Exquisite #buddyguy #fender #stratocaster #printlabchicago
Because there are legends, then there's Buddy Guy.
Because nothing warms the soul like Carolina Gold rice and Yellowtail sashimi.
Because here's to celebrating the city's unsung artists.
Did you know there's a faster DMV across the street? . . . . . #agameoftones #artofvisuals #killyourcity #fatalframes #theimaged #illgrammers #createcommune #urbanromantix #urbangathering #streetmobs #moodygrams #gramslayers #flickocity #grittyside #meistershots #reflectiongram #streets_vision #ig_color #eyecandy_collective #heatercentral #way2ill #murderdotcom #fierce_shots #estheticlabel #presetcc @visualsoflife @themightydreamers @capturedconcepts #urbanandstreet #citykillerz #lightroommasters #thevisualhunters #compositionkillerz
Because this Loop building is worth saving.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.
Because you thought your month was bad? The Bulls imploded on Instagram.
Because President Trump's first week sure was interesting.
Because this is Chicago: the city of big shoulders and open arms.
Because we'll take rain over a #PolarVortex any day.
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