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Photographer's Cache: Chicago Style Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.

Markwell: These caches have had a nice long run. What started off with an idea in February of 2002 from a cacher named [url=]Blackjak[/url] has finally run its course. With the demise of the virtual cache on, and the long ago demise of the moving cache, these were only grandfathered caches, but I really enjoyed them.

Life and its concerns and worries are starting to chip away at my time, and I came to a point earlier this month when I started looking at my priorities and what was important. Somehow, keeping up with these moving virtual caches and updating the 11 versions, e-mailing back and forth with unresponsive finders, and eventually having to find my own suggested locations has taken toll on me.

So many people have written me with these caches to say how glad they were that there was something innovative and new to the caching world. Something different and outside-of-the-box. Those notes almost made it worth my time and effort to keep these active.

I would like to thank all those that found these caches, took great photos and suggested such wonderful locations for future finders. I may at somepoint set up a waymark category for locations that were once listed as Photographer's Caches. Until then, these 11 caches are archived.

Hidden : 09/26/2005
2 out of 5
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Geocache Description:

Welcome to the Photographer's Cache! This cache is a hybrid cache, and the first of it's kind. It is also part of a series of 10 photograph caches. Links to the other caches are below.

Welcome to the Photographer's Cache - Chicago Style! This cache is based on a series of 10 photograph caches. Links to the other caches are below. The twist on this one is that it must stay in the boundaries of "Chicagoland."

This cache was originally approved as a moving cache in November of 2002. I can't find the original reference in the forums, but here's a follow-up to the original discussion.

Groundspeak has enacted a guideline on their cache listing requirements that no new moving Geocaches will be approved for listing. However, this cache has been graciously grandfathered.

How it works:

  1. The cache is started by placing coordinates of a spot you have always wanted photographed. The cache page is then changed to reflect the Country/Coordinates of the requested photo.
  2. A cacher close to that area will see the cache as near them, and if they choose to participate, take the pictures of the area, log a find, and post the photos online.
  3. The same cacher who took the picture then decides where the next picture should be taken, and the process is repeated.
Acceptable CountiesGuidelines:

  • This cache is simlar to the other ten Photographer's Caches (linked below) except that the locations chosen must be within the counties directly surrounding Chicago (Cook, Will, Kendall, Kane, DuPage and Lake).
  • Photographs should be of good quality. Drive by, out of focus pictures will not be accepted.
  • At least one picture should have the cacher's GPSr in it. This will prevent I-was-there-last-year pictures or internet pictures.
  • If you visited a location previously, you may certainly post pictures - but only to a note (). To claim a "Found it" log (), you must visit the cache location for the duration of the placement. Pictures taken prior to the placement do not count as a find, nor do pictures taken after the cache has moved on.
  • If no one responds to a photo request for 90 days, the last cacher will be asked to make another photo request
  • Photo requests should only be made in active cache areas. Example: A photo request of the North Pole would not likely be taken and should be avoided.
  • Be Original! Check the history of this cache as well as the web gallery history of the other nine Photographer's Caches.*
  • Also be original in placement as far as location: I will not place a Photographer's Cache within 528 feet (0.10 miles) of an existing current cache.*
  • Try to be a little “crafty” in your locations. Instead of just telling us where you'd like us to go, use a hint and the best coordinates possible. This will add a little excitement. What will I find when I get there? Example: Where's 50 gallons of butter when you need it? Answer Here.
Once the pictures are taken, you can post them on a "found it" log. If you have trouble keeping the quality of the photo while staying under the 100K limit, email the pictures to me and I can format them for you.

It may happen that two or more people will take a picture of the same shot. You are welcome to add your photos and log a find, but only the first person to correctly log the find is allowed to request the next shot, and as soon as the next location is posted, no other pictures from previous requests should be posted.

Repeat Finds: With the other Photographer's Caches, I wasn't as concerned with consecutive finds because of the international component. But since this cache is in a confined area, the potential for hitting this cache multiple times increases. So, please don't log this cache as "found" two consecutive times. In other words, don't place it somewhere and then go out and find it yourself.

There have also been incidents that have caused me to make "rulings" on finds and placements. I've started collecting them in a page called Case Law: Photographer's Caches.

If you do not have the means of getting the coordinates of the area, just e-mail me your request and I will put the coordinates on the page when I update it. Possible sources of coordinates: Eagle Geocoding, Maporama. If you have difficulty beyond that, e-mail me, and I'll try to help out as best I can.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

*To assist you in figuring out if your next choice has been used or is by another existing cache, jef came up with a nifty way of searching the Photographer's Cache WebGallery by coordinates. THANKS JEF!


Geocachers of Northeastern Illinois
Team Markwell

Current Clue:
On the Edge!

The Photographer’s Cache: Chicago Style
Most recent placement on top

Date Requested Requested By Coordinates Picture of Date Picture Taken First Picture Taken By
9/26/2005 JustUsTwo N 41° 42.471
W 087° 31.469
On the Edge! Check history in logs to see if this has been found already.
9/3/2005 Panther in the Den N 41° 52.720
W 087° 37.400
The Fountain of the Great Lakes by Lorado Taft 1913, Chicago, IL 9/6/2005 JustUsTwo
8/29/2005 ToHoLAB N 41° 50.178
W 087° 37.584
McCormick Tribune Campus Center acoustical tube, Chicago, IL 9/3/2005 Panther in the Den
8/9/2005 Blues Man N 41° 58.141
W 087° 39.479
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL 8/11/2005 ToHoLAB
7/25/2005 EcoPit N 42° 08.767
W 087° 47.244
Chicago Botanical Garden, Chicago, IL 8/2/2005 Blues Man
7/15/2005 allwayslooking_99 N 42° 19.683
W 087° 53.054
Sculptures Skokie, IL 7/15/2005 EcoPit
7/2/2005 D&D+3 N 42° 11.451
W 087° 48.441
Statue at the Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL 7/2/2005 allwayslooking_99
6/4/2005 NikiJohn N 42° 20.726
W 088° 02.487
Tastee Freeze, Grayslake, IL 6/5/2005 D&D+3
4/27/2005 nwc_voyageur N 42° 22.114
W 087° 55.052
Verne Gowe Memorial Park, Gurnee, IL 4/28/2005 NikiJohn
4/4/2005 Mr.Charlie N 42° 19.503
W 088° 09.890
Volo Filling Station, Volo, IL 4/20/2005 nwc_voyageur
3/29/2005 The Cheeseheads N 42° 18.112
W 087° 53.500
Abbot laboratories, North Chicago, IL 3/30/2005 Mr.Charlie
3/21/2005 WascoZooKeeper N 42° 24.798
W 087° 56.460
Pyramid House near Wadsworth, IL 3/21/2005 The Cheeseheads
2/14/2005 Corp Of Discovery & Geomutt95 N 41° 55.244
W 087° 38.257
Location of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre, Chicago, IL 3/20/2005 WascoZooKeeper
2/7/2005 WascoZooKeeper N 41° 47.551
W 087° 36.062
Statue of Nuclear Energy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2/12/2005 Corp Of Discovery & Geomutt95
2/2/2005 Dad and the Dynamic Duo N 41° 53.419
W 088° 21.015
DuPage Airport's VOR, Geneva, IL 2/5/2005 WascoZooKeeper
1/20/2005 WascoZooKeeper N 41° 47.508
W 088° 20.806
Sri Venkateswara swami (Balaji) temple, Aurora, IL 1/22/2005 Dad and the Dynamic Duo
1/20/2005 Solitarian N 41° 52.055
W 087° 36.883
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL 1/20/2005 WascoZooKeeper
1/13/2005 WascoZooKeeper N 42° 04.617
W 088° 19.983
Round Barn, Elgin, IL 1/18/2005 Solitarian
12/14/2004 TheGingerMan and one_on_one N 41° 52.908
W 087° 38.576
Batcolumn by Claes Oldenburg, Chicago, IL 1/11/2005 WascoZooKeeper
10/28/2004 Panther in the Den N 41° 53.277
W 087° 37.732
Marina City, Chicago, IL 11/12/2004 TheGingerMan and one_on_one
10/15/2004 aroundthehorn N 41° 47.222
W 087° 36.221
Fountain of Time, UIC, Chicago, IL 10/18/2004 Panther in the Den
9/21/2004 Markwell N 41° 56.834
W 087° 39.264
Statue of Harry Carey outside Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL 10/6/2004 aroundthehorn
8/23/2004 geogil N 42° 07.464
W 088° 04.251
Watertower painted like lighthouse, Palatine, IL 8/24/2004 airbrushed
7/31/2004 baloo&bd N 41° 53.934
W 088° 06.646
Saint Stephen's Cemetery, Carol Stream, IL 8/21/2004 geogil
7/25/2004 Mark & Cathy N 41° 51.149
W 088° 09.371
Tank inside Cantigny War Memorial, Warrenville, IL 7/30/2004 baloo&bd
4/27/2004 CopperCountry N 41° 50.794
W 088° 14.483
Buffalo on the Grassland Surrounding Fermilab, Batavia, IL 7/10/2004 Mark & Cathy
4/5/2004 spyder8 N 41° 49.767
W 088° 08.036
Arrowhead Golfcourse, Wheaton, IL 4/10/2004 CopperCountry
3/10/2004 Hockey19 N 41° 50.623
W 087° 59.592
Giant Weber Grill outside Weber Grill Restaurant, Lombard, IL 3/12/2004 spyder8
2/27/2004 Mr. Fantastic N 41° 44.346
W 088° 15.175
Waubonsee Valley High School's Observatory, Aurora, IL 3/7/2004 Hockey19
2/21/2004 2 CBR N 41° 43.958
W 088° 17.112
Hi-Lit Drive-In Theater, Montgomery, IL 2/25/2004 Mr. Fantastic
2/13/2004 McGeo N 41° 52.242
W 088° 18.553
Eagle Statue at Fabyan Estate/Forest Preserve, Batavia, IL 2/21/2004 2 CBR
1/8/2004 Planetarily Correct N 42° 04.009
W 088° 23.537
Stone meditation garden with maze, NW of Elgin, IL 1/18/2004 McGeo
12/15/2003 McGeo N 42° 06.048
W 088° 26.945
Giant Pumpkin on a Silo, near Huntley, IL 12/20/2003 Planetarily Correct
12/2/2003 Markwell N 42° 05.428
W 088° 15.483
Santa's Village, Dundee, IL 12/4/2003 McGeo
7/30/2003 jknute N 41° 47.800
W 088° 04.000
The metal animals on the lawn of the Lisle Library 7/31/2003 m2orris
7/25/2003 Cyberwolf N 41° 48.582
W 088° 06.456
Lucent Technologies Building shaped like a satellite dish, Lisle, IL 7/28/2003 jknute
5/27/2003 Stunod N 41° 30.201
W 088° 06.205
Brandon Locks, Joliet, IL 6/5/2003 Cyberwolf
5/13/2003 m2orris N 41° 48.230
W 087° 55.546
Antique Fire Engine at Fire House, Hinsdale, IL 5/13/2003 Stunod
5/2/2003 ProStreet N 41° 53.501
W 087° 36.450
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Chicago 5/4/2003 m2orris
4/15/2003 Cheesehead Dave N 42° 21.887
W 087° 56.052
The American Eagle - Wooden Roller Coaster, Gurnee, IL 4/18/2003 ProStreet
4/2/2003 maleki N 41° 49.812
W 087° 38.052
Comiskey Park/US Cellular Field, Chicago 4/12/2003 Cheesehead Dave
4/2/2003 cachew nut N 42° 03.896
W 088° 04.567
Medieval Times, Schaumburg 4/2/2003 maleki
3/30/2003 tommyz N 42° 00.767
W 087° 47.064
Leaning Tower of Niles 4/1/2003 cachew nut
3/28/2003 cachew nut N 41° 58.245
W 087° 50.203
St. Joseph Ukranian Catholic Church, Near O'Hare 3/29/2003 tommyz
3/24/2003 Greenback N 41° 57.561
W 087° 47.293
Pyramid Building, Wilbur Wright Junior College 3/24/2003 cachew nut
3/18/2003 m2orris N 41° 51.763
W 087° 36.984
Soldier Field under construction, Chicago 3/21/2003 Greenback & TeamAngiEric
2/24/2003 Markwell N 41° 52.770
W 087° 37.447
The Art Institute, Chicago 3/18/2003 m2orris
1/19/2003 cachew nut N 42° 01.771
W 087° 49.017
Booby's, Niles 1/24/2003 Dr Don
1/18/2003 The GeoZingers N 41° 59.788
W 087° 47.209
Superdawg 1/19/2003 cachew nut
1/12/2003 dickwillie N 42° 25.329
W 088° 36.833
Harmilda the Cow, Harvard 1/17/2003 The GeoZingers
1/1/2003 m2orris N 41° 49.232
W 087° 55.710
Graue Mill, Hinsdale 1/3/2003 dickwillie
12/30/2002 Dad and the Dynamic Duo N 41° 45.212
W 088° 21.509
Ford House in Aurora 12/31/2002 m2orris
11/29/2002 twocampers N 41° 32.217
W 088° 34.325
Elvis Statue, Newark 12/29/2002 Dad and the Dynamic Duo
11/27/2002 bspeng N 41° 38.024
W 088° 32.188
The Edith Farnsworth House, Yorkville 11/28/2002 twocampers
10/21/2002 Dekaner N 41° 53.355
W 087° 37.475
Plaque memorializing the reversal of the Chicago River's flow. 11/26/2002 bspeng
9/18/2002 Greenback N 41° 52.769
W 087° 37.756
The Flamingo 10/19/2002 Dekaner
8/25/2002 giusheri N 41° 53.462
W 087° 36.624
Giant Radio Flyer wagon outside Navy Pier 9/5/2002 Greenback & Spyderuser
8/5/2002 Genius Loci N 42° 13.339
W 087° 58.221
When your hen has a toothache, bring her here: &quotChicago Chicken Dentist" 8/11/2002 giusheri
7/25/2002 TeamAngiEric N 41° 50.006
W 087° 46.460
Henry's Hot Dogs, BIG frankfurter on the marquee 8/4/2002 Genius Loci
7/20/2002 Markwell N 41° 53.000
W 087° 37.774
Picasso Statue, Daley Plaza 7/23/2002 TeamAngiEric

The Original Photographer's Caches:
The Photographer's Cache I
The Photographer's Cache II
The Photographer's Cache III
The Photographer's Cache IV
The Photographer's Cache V
The Photographer's Cache VI
The Photographer's Cache VII
The Photographer's Cache VIII
The Photographer's Cache IX
The Photographer's Cache X
The Photographer's Cache: Chicago Style

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