Kate and Katherine

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most. It’s hard to always vocalize what love means, how you recognize it. The tilt of a smile, the brush of a fingertip, the raucous laughter at the kitchen sink. For every couple, love is as unique as their individual expression. We at the L Stop want to invite you to share in the joy that love has brought to couples all over the Chicagoland area. We are privileged and honored to be invited into these miraculous people’s lives and to show what real, honest love looks like.

In this photo blog you’ll be privy to love in all its forms and all its beauty. Old and new, celebrated and exciting; engagements, marriages, and anniversaries. The imagery captured by the talented Torie McMillan is breath-taking at times, and heartwarming always.

Because, sometimes, words aren’t enough.



About Kate and Katherine

“We always say we saved the best for last!  Met in our mid 50s; an instant connection and energy that propelled us through many shared adventures and much joy.  When the state announced Civil Unions we cried, got a license and were married last July, on the beach in Rogers Park, with a small knot of loving friends and family and a string quartet.  One year later we sat in an Asian Cafe in Madison, Wisconsin, crowded with students and families, held hands across a rickety table, and thanked all the powers of love;  which often comes as a surprise, a mystery and a gift.”

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About Leah Schein

Leah is a born and bred Chicagoan, and considers herself extremely fortunate to be raised by amazing liberal parents in Logan Square. Coming from a long family history of equality activism, the crazy world of politics feels like home to her. Her upbringing allowed her to fully appreciate her love of tacos, and provided the support needed to be independent and insane. She is a happy survivor of the public school system, all the way through her undergrad years, culminating with a BA in anthropology. Her love of travel and all things adventurous led to the pursuit of a Master of Science from sunny ol’ England, where she happily grasped a conservation degree and ran off to live in a number of rain forests to research nocturnal primates. Through the amazing diversity she was fortunate to be raised amongst, she has an unwavering appreciation of all cultures and peoples, and has used this to form the foundation of her outspoken support of civil rights. You may have seen her running around Boystown/Tuna town over the last decade, or at events she volunteers at for the Human Rights Campaign. It’s possible you spied her at the Silent Film Festival. That strange woman getting into a wrestling match in the leaves on Foster Ave beach at 3am…that definitely wasn’t her. She couldn’t be more excited about sharing her love of science, and it’s role in our daily lives, with the community she loves. Nerds are cool, people. They drink martini’s too.


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