Photo Outings for 2018

Each month MAPS selects a location around the Chicagoland area to go for a Photo Outing. The major theme for these outings is nature. We select one outing per month and you can see when and where we go in the Calendar.  Please note that you can sign up for each event as listed below by following the specified link, and also note that by signing up for each event you are agreeing to the MAPS Photo Outing Waiver of Liability.

Photo Outing– Saturday, August 4 – 7:30am, Ball Horticultural, West Chicago

MAPS will return to the beautiful gardens at Ball Horticultural. The Gardens at Ball are an exciting display of colorful beds of annuals and perennials, including the newest plants from the industry’s leading breeders. There is also a 30 acre prairie restoration area full of native prairie plants to enjoy and photograph. The careful use of tripods is allowed. Bring your sunscreen, bug spray and water bottles.

Ball is located at 622 Town Rd., West Chicago. Enter through the driveway off Roosevelt Rd. on the south side of Ball Horticultural.

Brunch afterwards at Egg Yolk Café, 100 S Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, IL 60185
630-231-2370 (on the corner of Rt. 59 and Washington.)

Sign up for this outing Click Here

Photo Outing– Thursday, July 26 – 9:00am and/or Saturday, July 28 – 9:00am, Birdhaven Greenhouse – Pilcher Park Nature Center

The Bird Haven Green House and Conservatory is an historic example of Italian Renaissance-style architecture built in the 1900s. The grounds are inviting to hummingbirds and butterflies.  The park is believed to have once been home to a large Potawatomie Indian camp. Trails and waterways provide opportunities to capture images of birds, turtles, minks and raccoon families.  Pack along plenty of bug spray, sun screen and water bottles.

Meet at the Green House at 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet, IL 60432   815-741-7277

Be sure to check in with Mark Hanna and Claudia Frost, MAPS Outing Hosts, and they will guide the group to find some special bird hide-a -ways and charming woods and pond creatures.

NOTE: Tripods are not allowed inside the greenhouse.

Lunch at Mattina Cafe – 11:30
280 East Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451

Pick a day and Sign up for this outing Click Here

Photo Outing – Sat. July 14, 9:00 AM and/or Thurs. July 19, 9:00 AM, Little Red Schoolhouse, Forest Preserve of Cook County

Three miles of trails, interpretive center, woods and prairie plus a preserved 1886 schoolhouse.  Snakes, turtles, frogs and lily pond and especially for bird lovers is the Long John Slough complete with observation blind.  Bring your lenses to catch macro flower and butterfly images, video and extra long lenses for fish diving birds and your all-purpose lenses for stunning woods, trees and other dramatic nature scenes.  Also pack along plenty of bug spray, sun screen and water bottles.

Be sure to check in with Mark Hanna and Claudia Frost, MAPS Outing Hosts, and they will guide the group to find some special bird hide-a -ways and charming woods and pond creatures. Trails open at 8 am but the buildings and restrooms don’t open until 9 am.

Meet at: 9800 Willow Springs, Willow Springs, IL  708-839-6897

Lunch at Portillo’s – 11:30 am
7195 N. Kingery Highway
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Pick a day and Sign up for this outing Click Here


June 5, 2018 – Photo Outing – Troll Creations at The Morton Arboretum

MAPS Troll Hunters spent a blue sky sunny morning discovering six guardians of the forest hiding throughout the Arboretum.  From the parking lot near the Visitor Center through the roads and paths of the Arboretum they hunted and photographed the giant troll sculptures made of reclaimed wood and other found materials.

The highlight of the outing concluded at Bobolink Meadow where 8 members met and chatted with Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, who has been creating the collection for the past few weeks.  He and crew were applying pine tree branches as hair to a giant reclining troll who they configured relaxing in the spacious field. Before heading home members enjoyed lunch in the redesigned Ginkgo Restaurant giving it and the food a thumbs up!

To  see members’ images, click here.

MAY 5, 2018 – MAPS SPRING CBG OUTING – SATURDAY. Only a handful of MAPS members attended our weather-delayed “April” outing to the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Saturday, May 5, but those who did, captured images of the Gardens at their spring finest (with even more to follow.)  Spectacular blooming tulips, annuals, including pansies, foxgloves, Persian buttercup, multicolored Iceland poppies, the towering Pride-of-Madeira and magnolias trees were putting on a show alongside thousands of daffodils blanketing the spring green grounds.  

To read more and see members’ images, click here

March 24, 2018 – Photo Outing at Hausermann Orchids. MAPS orchid enthusiasts welcomed the tropical climate of Hausermann’s Orchids in Villa Park, while March winds howled and brought blizzard conditions to areas south of Chicago.  Three acres of colorful blooms provided 31 MAPS members with unlimited photo opp of hundreds of breathtaking orchids. 

To read more and see members’ images, click here.

February 24, 2018 – MAPS/PROCAM outing – LIGHTS! LIGHTS! LIGHTS!

Nineteen MAPS members enjoyed a morning of experimenting with 10 different lighting scenarios set up in the spacious PROCAM photo studio in Aurora.  A big THANK YOU is extended to Vince for explaining how and when to use each piece of equipment.  Members were intrigued with all the different lighting options available and their ease of use.

To read more and see members’ images, click here .

February 17, 2018 – Helix Camera outing with Michael Barton. Master photographer Michael Barton introduced many new innovative and deceptively simple tools to MAPS members at the Helix Camera workshop in Itasca on Saturday, February 17.  To read more and see members’ imagesclick here.

January 13, 2018Still Life at The Morton Arboretum – MAPS members didn’t have to brave the cold for our Still Life outing. We were comfy & cozy with our tons of strange fruits and vegetables in the Arbor Room at Thornhill.

Click here to see participant’s photos.