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Visions Provides the Following Photography Styles:
- Photojournalist Wedding Photography
- Artistic Wedding Photography
- Traditional Wedding Photography
|2) Our Wedding Portfolio Samples Includes
- Wedding Cakes
- Wedding Flowers
- Wedding Venues
- Wedding Atmosphere
- People Having Fun at Weddings
|3) Our Affordable Wedding Photography
- 7 or 8 Hours of Wedding Coverage
- One or Two Photographers
- Unlimited Exposures
- Unlimited Locations
- Option of color prints, black and
white prints, or sepia prints
- Personal Web Photo Gallery
- Printable Contact Sheets (via web)
- On-Line Proofing and Ordering
- Photos available on-line within
- 50¢ 4x6 prints for Bride and
Groom (on first order)
|4) We Offer The Following Types Of
- Conceptual Visions Coffee Table
- Asuka Coffee Table Books
- Zook Flush Mount Albums
- Zook Photo Book Plus Albums
- Premiera Albums
- Zook Mounted Albums
|5) Information Needed to Submit a Wedding
- Submitter Name
- Brides Name
- Grooms Name
- Date of Wedding
- Wedding Location
- Estimated Hours of Wedding Photography
- Estimated Number of Wedding Guests
|6) View a collection
of Photography FAQs with subjects including:
- Destination Weddings
- Bridal Parties
- 35 mm vs medium format vs digital
- Wedding receptions
- Black and White Photography
- Re-touching and Re-touched photos
|7) About / Contact Conceptual Visions
Photography & Design:
- Located in Lombard, Illinois (Lombard,
- Services Chicago and Chicago Suburbs
- Local Telephone Number: 630-613-9607
- Toll Free Telephone Number: 866-563-8876
- Member of Professional Photographers
- Voted "Best of Weddings"
by the Knot
|8) Venues which we have photographed
- Chicago and Chicago Suburbs
- Cook County, Dupage County, Lake
County, Will County, and Dekalb County
- Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove,
Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Naperville, Joliet, Schaumburg, and
many other Chicago Suburbs.
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Here is a little history...
During the mid 18th century the area was inhabited
by a native American tribe known as the
Potawatomis, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples.
The first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago, Jean Baptiste
Pointe du Sable, who was a man of mixed African and European heritage
born in Saint-Domingue (modern day Haiti), arrived in the 1770s, married
a Potawatomi woman, and founded the area's first trading post. In 1795,
following the Northwest Indian War, an area that was to be part of Chicago
was turned over by some Native Americans in the Treaty of Greenville
to the United States for a military post. In 1803 the United States
Army built Fort Dearborn, which was destroyed in the 1812 Battle of
Fort Dearborn. The Ottawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi later ceded additional
land to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis. The Potawatomi
were eventually forcibly removed from their land following the Treaty
of Chicago in 1833. On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized
with a population of around 200. Within seven years it grew to a population
of over 4,000. The City of Chicago was incorporated on March 4, 1837.
The name "Chicago" is a French rendering of the Native American
word shikaakwa, meaning "wild onion", from the Miami-Illinois
language. The first known reference to the site of the current city
of Chicago as "Checagou" was by La Salle himself around 1679
in a memoir written about the time.
Infrastructure and Early Development
The city began its step toward national primacy
as an important transportation hub between the eastern and western United
States. Chicago's first railway, Galena and Chicago Union Railroad,
opened in 1838, which also marked the opening of the Illinois and Michigan
Canal. The canal allowed steamboats and sailing ships on the Great Lakes
to connect to the Mississippi River. A flourishing economy brought residents
from rural communities and immigrants abroad. Manufacturing and retail
sectors became dominant among Midwestern cities, influencing the American
economy, particularly in meatpacking, with the advent of the refrigerated
rail car and the regional centrality of the city's Union Stock Yards.
In February 1856, the Chesbrough plan for the
building of Chicago's and the United States' first comprehensive sewerage
system was approved by the Common Council. The project raised much of
central Chicago to a new grade. Untreated sewage and industrial waste
now flowed into the Chicago River, thence into Lake Michigan, polluting
the primary source of fresh water for the city. The city responded by
tunneling two miles (3 km) out into Lake Michigan to newly built water
cribs. In 1900, the problem of sewage was largely resolved when Chicago
reversed the flow of the river, a process that began with the construction
and improvement of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and completed with
the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal leading to the Illinois River which
joins the Mississippi River.
Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire
of 1871After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed a third of the
city, including the entire central business district, Chicago experienced
rapid rebuilding and growth. During its rebuilding period, Chicago
constructed the world's first skyscraper in 1885, using steel-skeleton
construction. Labor conflicts and unrest followed, including the Haymarket
affair on May 4, 1886. Concern for social problems among Chicago's lower
classes led Jane Addams to be a co-founder of Hull House in 1889. Programs
developed there became a model for the new field of social work. The
city also invested in many large, well-landscaped municipal parks, which
also included public sanitation facilities.
In 1893, Chicago hosted the World's Columbian
Exposition on former marshland at the present location of Jackson Park.
The Exposition drew 27.5 million visitors, and is considered the most
influential world's fair in history. The University of Chicago was founded
in 1892 on the same South Side location. The term "midway"
for a fair or carnival referred originally to the Midway Plaisance,
a strip of park land that still runs through the University of Chicago
campus and connects Washington and Jackson Parks.
20th and 21st Century
The 1920s brought notoriety to Chicago as gangsters,
including the notorious Al Capone, battled each other and law enforcement
on the city streets during the Prohibition era. Chicago had over 1,000
gangs in the 1920s. The 1920s also saw a major expansion in industry.
The availability of jobs attracted African Americans from the South.
Between 1910 and 1930, the Black population of Chicago increased from
44,103 to 233,903. Arriving in the tens of thousands during the Great
Migration, the newcomers had an immense cultural impact. It was during
this wave that Chicago became a center for jazz, with King Oliver leading
the way. In 1933, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was fatally wounded in
Miami during a failed assassination attempt on President Franklin D.
At 110 stories, Willis Tower stands as Chicago's and the Western Hemisphere's
tallest building since its completion in 1973.On December 2, 1942, physicist
Enrico Fermi conducted the world's first controlled nuclear reaction
at the University of Chicago as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project.
Mayor Richard J. Daley was elected in 1955,
in the era of machine politics. Starting in the 1960s, many residents,
as in most American cities, left the city for the suburbs. Structural
changes in industry caused heavy losses of jobs for lower skilled workers.
In 1966 James Bevel, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Raby led the
Chicago Open Housing Movement, which culminated in agreements between
Mayor Richard J. Daley and the movement leaders. Two years later, the
city hosted the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention, which
featured physical confrontations both inside and outside the convention
hall, including full-scale riots, or in some cases police riots, in
city streets. Major construction projects, including Willis Tower (which
in 1974 became the world's tallest building), University of Illinois
at Chicago, McCormick Place, and O'Hare Airport, were undertaken during
Richard J. Daley's tenure. When Richard J. Daley died, Michael Anthony
Bilandic served as mayor for three years. Bilandic's subsequent loss
in a primary election has been attributed to the city's inability to
properly plow city streets during a heavy snowstorm. In 1979, Jane Byrne,
the city's first female mayor, was elected. She popularized the city
as a movie location and tourist destination.
In 1983 Harold Washington became the first African
American to be elected to the office of mayor, in one of the closest
mayoral elections in Chicago. After Washington won the Democratic primary,
racial motivations caused a few Democratic alderman and ward committeemen
to back the Republican candidate Bernard Epton, who ran on the slogan
Before it's too late, a thinly veiled appeal to fear. Washington's
term in office saw new attention given to poor and minority neighborhoods.
His administration reduced the longtime dominance of city contracts
and employment by ethnic whites. Washington died in office of a heart
attack in 1987, shortly after being elected to a second term. Current
mayor Richard M. Daley, son of Richard J. Daley, was elected in 1989.
He has led many progressive changes to the city, including improving
parks; creating incentives for sustainable development, including green
roofs; and major new developments. Since the 1990s, some neighborhoods
have undergone revitalization in which some lower class areas have been
transformed to high priced and middle-class neighborhoods.
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