Chicago on Screen: Stunning Short Films

By: Katie Manning

January 8, 2013

Famous for its iconic skyline of towering skyscrapers set against the pristine waters of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a videographer’s dream destination. As popular for its groundbreaking design as it is for its upbeat bar scene and array of delicious food haunts, its little wonder Chicago has remained so close to our hearts. We’ve picked out five of our top Chicago videos to add a little local flavour to one of our favourite cities.

“Cherry Blossom Girl: Canon 5dmkll 25p” by Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom takes a look at Chicago’s arts scene in this video of the city’s 60th Annual Old Town Art Fair. We really enjoyed watching the street performers and art fans as they soak up the atmosphere.


“Chi-Town Reverie (2012)” by Elliot Van Orman Productions

A colourful video of life through the eyes of a BMX racer, “Chi-Town Reverie” provides a real insider’s view of Chicago. Action-packed and full of character – we love this ode to the city’s wider side.


“Chicago by boat: A timelapse journey” by Philip Bloom

Whisking us across the waters of Lake Michigan and through canals and waterways, we love this atmospheric, on-the-water tour of Chicago. Providing some great alternative views of the city, it’s easy to understand the allure.


“Penny Swag” by Brian Beckwith

This video follows a local skateboarder as he rides across the city. Light-hearted, upbeat and beautifully filmed, we think Brian Beckwith’s video offers a new and imaginative view of Chicago.


“Places in Time: Chicago” by Chris Pritchard

This short, stylish video shows Chicago’s iconic landmarks in all their glory, from sunrise to sunset, in a series of carefully selected shots. An elegant homage to some of the city’s most beautiful sights.


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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