Chicago Patterns is a project in which neighborhoods are visually depicted by the patterns they consist of: buildings, architectural details, businesses, landmarks, transportation infrastructure, and other remnants of man’s impact on the natural landscape. We tell the stories of neighborhoods through photography. If you’d like to keep up with posts, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed, or following us on Twitter and Facebook.


John Morris is a photographer and historian whose projects have been featured in ARCHITECT Magazine, Fast Company, Curbed, WBEZ, among others.

His passion and interest lie in preserving historic and/or well-designed architecture, and telling the stories of overlooked places and people. His most recent project is Chicago Architecture Data, an interactive database aiming to catalog all the interesting buildings in Chicago.

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Andi Marie is a Lifelong resident of Chicago. Free spirit of African descent who is a lover of life, culture, history, yoga, travel, photography, and historical architecture.

You can see more of her photos at flickr.

Eric Allix Rogers transplanted to the South Side of Chicago in 2003 to study politics and sociology, but fell in love with the history and architecture of Chicago. A freelance photographer and avid cyclist, Eric has an ongoing project to document the built environment of all of Chicago’s 77 community areas and the wider region. He is a Chicago Architecture Foundation-trained docent for the South Shore neighborhood, where he is actively involved in historic preservation and community development efforts.

He blogs occasionally at reallyboring.net, and shares photos frequently on flickr.


Jane Huh: A freelance writer and editor with a background in journalism. Throughout her 10 years of reporting experience, Jane has written for several news media outlets including the Daily Herald (Arlington Hts., Ill.), The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Ind.), Gary Post-Tribune (Gary, Ind.), and Copley Newspapers.

Jane is the founder of Fictional Obscura, a literary project that combines original photography and short stories.