31. Chicago Photography Center

Location: 3301 North Lincoln Ave.
Website: chicagophoto.org

Whether your interests are in a photography boot camp, an exhibition, or a lecture series accompanied by a little vino, you can find it at the Chicago Photography Center. This non-profit organization's facilities include a classroom space, a computer lab, darkrooms, a lighting studio and a gallery that exhibits student, instructor, and invited artist's work. 

Recent exhibitions include powerful stuff like Iraqi Eyes, a comprehensive look at life in the war-torn country. Not everything is that heavy, though. Ryan Zoghlin's Mixing it Up, Historically featured techincally impressive surfing photography. CPC covers it all.