HOT DOG, Who’s Instagramming Chicago?

First off, apologies to the Droid and Blackberry users who are unable to join in the Instagram fun, we know you’re jealous. We’re having fun and you’re not. To my fellow iPhoners, I hope you’ve joined this gorgeous party.

I resisted Instagram when I first heard about it earlier this year after it had been released last October.  Another camera app.  Okay I’ve already blown a pocket of change on worthless camera apps, so I didn’t pay much mind.

This past April I had an actual office job for a blink of an eye and a co-worker (yeow I haven’t said that in ages!) walked up and said, “Wanna see my Easter Eggs?”   Well of course I want to see your Easter Eggs.  And they were fantastic Easter eggs, so green!  So pink!  So blue!  How did you do that?  Hipstamatic.  I was playing with the app 5 minutes later.

I lost interest in Hipstagram fairly quickly because Hipstamatic selects the filter – they were in charge.  Everything was so yellow, so hazy, so retro, so ruffled, much like a like a dirty hipster.  Another app tossed aside.  (To be fair, I know there are many IGers that use this app’s filters; not me.)

I started to notice more and more Instagram links on Twitter.  Ugh. Do. Not. Click.  And I didn’t for about a day or so.  But wait a minute, these are pretty!  Very, very pretty!

I have been an Instagram Addict since April 11, 2011.  Is there a 12-step for this?

This photo sharing app allows you to tell the story of your life in a powerful visual style by adding one of the app’s 11 filters in perhaps the easiest manner yet seen.  In a flash you can share your moment in life.  There are many new & existing apps with hundreds of filters that can be applied to your photos (old or new) and easily uploaded to Instagram.   LemeLeme is a new & free app I recently discovered and am currently playing with.  Developers are hoping on the wagon to allow seamless integration with Instagram.  You then have the option to share it across the social media smorgasbord; Twitter, Facebook, email, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare and Posterous.   Simple.   Boom, you’re an Instagram Rock Star.

I’m thrilled to not have to wait for Foursquare to locate me — and inevitably present every location around me except the one I’m in.

Your followers are able to leave comments much like Facebook, although it feels more like Twitter.   Another win.

I am seeing the world through new and old friend’s eyes, which has also given way to a new sense of seeing my own world; how can I Instagram this moment?  Yes Apple, I stare at your phone both night and day without reading the Terms & Conditions, please don’t make me an “iCentipad”.

And we now have a new verb to play with.  “Boy that was one TOUGH Cubs game to Instagram.”  “I made a delicious quiche this morning and the best part was when I instagrammed some bacon into it.”   “Can’t wait to get together and Instagram some cocktails with you.”

The app also makes it easy for you to search interests with their search option.  Search the tag Chicago and you’ll find over 10,000 images of our weather-beaten city.  Choose to follow the gang or just view the pretty pictures.  Search #iphoneography and you’ll trip into 183,000+ photos, all taken with the iPhone.  Locally, follow @IgersChicago to stay informed of upcoming meetups, photo challenges and community news.

The next Chicago event is June 25th for the “Let’s Photowalk with Instagram, Create Your Own Photo Tour with Moveable Feast Media”.  Meetup invite here:

Tag photos of the Loop with #igc_loop before the event and the Moveable Feast team will be creating the afternoon’s route based on uploaded Instagrams.

To you Droid users, the Instagram team is not saying much about when you’ll be able to join the party, this according to a recent TechCrunch article, although they are looking to add major improvements when Apple releases the iOS5 later this year.  If the Instagram team can develop a way for Social Media Gurus to track how many times a photo is viewed, this cool new app might just blow up off the face of the earth.

I remember when I first started using Twitter and thinking to myself, “I wish this was ALL photos…”  Well the party has arrived iPhoners and unless you hate pretty pictures, go now.  Let’s make the Droids weep openly with jealousy.

Get Thee To Thy Instagram STAT.

#coffee 21,000+ photos


#igc_loop Pre-Instagram Loop Walking Tour 122 photos - #igerschicago 2,000+ photos - #Chicago 10,000+ photos


#hotdogs 200 photos


#igc_neighborhoods (InstaGramChicago) 400 photos - #ThisIsWestTown 5 photos (all by me!)


#DailySqueeze 700+ photos - #Squish 2,000+ photos


#FlashbackFriday (no more #FF for me!) 7,000+ photos


Chicago Native, but I've been away for many years in Mexico & Texas, living the life of an Arteeest. Returned 3 years ago and resumed my abandoned career of a graphic artist and now social media enthusiast. I live close to the Loop and have free parking. *score*

12 thoughts on “HOT DOG, Who’s Instagramming Chicago?

    • June 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Mike =) What does one do after one blogs? Cigar? Champagne? Cash all my checks? Hire an agent? Ha, I think I’ll walk the dog.

    • June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I know right? Who knew I knew anything, as if? Thanks for RT David!

    • June 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Can’t wait for our next PERSPECTIVES class Sami! Keep on shooting the STARS 🙂

  • June 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I LOVE this post! IG on, my filtered #hashtaghappy friend.

    • June 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Loo, love you love your show! My top goal in life is to Instagram Tom Skilling, can you help make it happen?

  • June 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Don’t forget the Instagram Squishing Chicago Hood tours that we will be starting. lol

    • June 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      I’ve been squishing Chicago ever since that magical day in Chinatown MJ! But yes, this is where we’ll make HUGE money, #cahCHING

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    #GREAT post! Keep up the good work & look out for Psycho restaurant owners along Grand Ave. I’ve heard they are after you instagramers!

    • June 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

      Thanks MitchOnaledge for the support & for sharing the Instagram luv :). Next Stop: Grand Avenue Domination!


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