Downtown is only a few steps away so it easy to grab a camera and just head out on the town, day or night. Chicago also has an amazing skyline that always has something slightly different to offer from time-to-time.
While living just steps away from this vista, I had taken many shots of the Chicago river looking east. The riverwalk has been under construction for years, and they are finally wrapping things up - it is a fabulous mile walk that demonstrates the best of Chicago architecture!
Chicago Board Of Trade
I had been wanting to get out and reshoot the CBOT for a couple years now, the schedule and weather just happened to line up this evening. I was lucky in that the lights go out at 10:30 and I had just taken these last series of shots before all went black. Enjoy!
"Since 1930, the Chicago Board of Trade has been operating out of 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, in a building designed by architects Holabird & Root that is 605 feet (184 m) tall, the tallest in Chicago until the Richard J. Daley Center superseded it in 1965. This Art Deco building incorporates sculptural work by Alvin Meyer and is capped by a 31-foot (9.5 m) tall statue of the Roman goddess Ceres in reference to the exchange's heritage as a commodity market. Ceres is faceless because its sculptor, John Storrs, believed that the forty-five story building would be sufficiently taller than any other nearby structure and as a result that no one would be able to see the sculpture's face anyway.
On May 4, 1977, the Chicago Board of Trade Building was designated a Chicago Landmark. The building is now a National Historic Landmark. Today the Board of Trade Building is closely joined by numerous skyscrapers in the heart of Chicago's busy Loop commercial neighborhood."
Taken December 2012 prior to 6am - the only time that one is guaranteed no other visitors will be at the "Bean". It was a very mild December day with a lot of residual rain from the night prior.
Kenzie Bridge View
For years this was the view off of the Kenzie Bridge - the backdrop to countless wedding photo sessions (a dozen a day, no exaggeration). Only faint traces of what was to come in terms of what would be today's skyline from this vista are shown here - namely the walkway on the lower right of the frame. Today, this scene looks completely different,.., dominated by a new construction that obstructs the views of the Boeing and the absolutely iconic Willis (Sears) Towers. Kenzie Bridge was in my backyard for years, and fortunately, I was able to witness the transformation (or demise) of this splendid Chicago visual offering.
Shot on Ground Hog's Day of 2014 - it wasn't much above zero on this day as I remember! A few months later, Zeiss had contacted me about featuring this photo in their marketing material for the upcoming release of their new Otus series lens - this photo took the back cover of that brochure.
Taken the Friday after the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series the Wednesday, prior. I had gotten home from work that night and was content on staying put for the evening as I was quite exhausted from the week. However, something was pulling me to get out and afterward, I'm sure glad I did. After having dozens of visits to this point, the lake and exposure were quite magnificent on this particular evening with the skyline being adorned in Cub fashion.
Time Passes By ...
As one looks off our balcony, this clock is probably the first thing people will notice. On a a breezy summer afternoon, this was captured over 4 minutes - the partly cloudy sky added so much to the background!.
On a stormy night, I ventured out on to the town for some long-exposure fun. After stumbling across the Hancock building on North Avenue Beach, I couldn't pass on taking a shot!
Waiting for the Batmobile to arrive at any second in this bridge!
As large a football/soccer field, the pavilion is a place where folks congregate to listen to music of all sorts, watch movies, etc. It's not uncommon to have the lawn roped off to have the grass have a chance to grow. When possible, my wife and I visit to listen to "whatever" type of music, open a bottle of wine, eat some fruit and cured meats, and just soak it all up as do the other thousand visiting.
While some might say understated, I might say under appreciated... The NBC building is a favorite. Captured here on a foggy, warm, January evening. The clouds were hanging so low in the city that when combined with the building's spot lights firing straight upwards causing a halo, made for a unique photo opportunity!
While not immediately seen in the more known parts of downtown Chicago, the Aqua building is a favorite in its design. Residing 87 stories, it is not an insignificant structure aside from its unique design. My wife and I had the fortune of enjoying our wedding weekend here!
For many years I live close to the Kenzie Bridge. During he summer, it is filled with wedding parties trying to get a shot of the lovely downtown Chicago vista.
My arrival to the Planetarium point was a bit late as the fireworks for the Blackhawks win of the Stanley Cup had already commenced and the uncommon eastward wind pushed the remnants of the firework smoke back into the city skyline. It has been an extraordinary few years for Chicago sports between the Hawks and the Cubs. In both cases, I have to give top honors to the CNA building for again providing an exquisite mosaic of the Blackhawk insignia.
Chicago is an amazing place for 20th century architecture. You can look anywhere downtown and find something that is truly amazing. This long exposure on a hot summer afternoon is just another example.