Front Page News

Welcome to the Front Page News, the home page of MAPS. This is where we publish current events, and have links to other organizational information. Make sure you check back frequently!

Due to COVID-19 we have all been cautious. Now, MAPS is working on getting back to normal. Please read up on our upcoming activities below!

Upcoming Programs

We are holding our monthly programs using Zoom, and all members are invited! Check out our Zoom web page to prepare for the monthly program meetings and for tips & tricks we might have.

If you are looking for past programs, please go to Programs. This web page includes a write up and a few images from each monthly program. When possible, we also post a recording of the monthly program for a few months.

  • October 11, 2021 – Roger Mattingly – Exploring the Urban Scene with Open Chicago

    Literally one of the coolest things to do in Chicago! A must in my book! One weekend a year, the Chicago Architectural Center partners with over 300+ locations around the city and they open up their doors to the public to view and experience their space which you might otherwise never get into. This year it’s October 16th and 17th, and all FREE. Although last year was curtailed to mostly outdoor venues this year should be more robust. Some of my favorite places included the Fine Arts Building, Auditorium Theater, Cliff Dwellers, Rookery, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Money Museum, London House, 360 Degree Observation Floor of the Kemper Building. If you live in Chicago you owe to yourself to take advantage of this. I have been shooting it for 8 years and have yet to exhaust the possibilities. I can share suggestions about how to make up your list of sites to visit and what equipment to take. See the Chicago Architectural Center site at for details.
  • November 8, 2021 – Mike Lake – Turn Your Images into Paintings

    Turn your image into a painting. Learn the secrets of the impressionists with Mike Lake. It’s all about the brush strokes and how you use them. The technique, software and step by step process will be revealed.

Schulenberg Anniversary Prairie Project

2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie! To help celebrate this occasion, a request to monitor the prairie in photographs was accepted by MAPS. MAPS members will be able to capture images for an entire year and post them on the MAPS website.

Excerpt from the history of the Schulenberg Prairie:

  • When Joy Morton decided to build his home on the land that would become The Morton Arboretum, the area was mostly farmland. However, prior to European settlement, eastern tallgrass prairie covered 66% of the Chicago region’s landscape. In 1962 Arboretum director, Clarence Godshalk, had a vision to create a “native planting” on farmland that had been acquired in the late 1950s on the Arboretum’s western edge. He put assistant propagator, Ray Schulenberg, in charge of this task and gave him the title, Curator of Native Plants. He began to collect seeds in the fall of 1962, most of which came from within 50 miles of the Arboretum.
  • In the spring of 1963 Schulenberg began to plant local species in a small area north of Willoway Brook, called “the Acre,” making the reconstructed prairie the fourth oldest of its kind in the Midwest. The prairie, which now spans about 100 acres, contains several reconstructed habitats including savannas, tallgrass prairie, and a wet prairie along Willoway Brook. Upon Schulenberg’s retirement in 1987, the prairie was named in his honor, and in 2002 the Arboretum’s Prairie Visitor Station opened as a gateway to the prairie.

Visit Photo Outings for more information.

MAPS Photo Outings

  • Schulenberg Prairie – Saturday, September 25th, 8 to 11 am

    A Saturday morning trip to the infamous Schulenberg Prairie!  You heard and read about the yearlong photography event for MAPS members. On this day you can take fall images at the prairie and submit them to the fall folder.  Of course you can submit your older images to the appropriate season’s folder as well.

    Visit Photo Outings for more information.

MAPS Photo Workshops

  • Nothing right now, please check back later.

Planning a trip? Visit Destinations to view beautiful images and information about many locations our members have visited.

MAPS Membership – If you are looking for information about MAPS membership, visit our About page. This page also includes other administrative information you might be looking for.

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