Sunrise at the Lakefront

Chicago Lakefront | Sunrise

Photography has led me down on an array of unpredictable paths thus far. It has sent my curiosity on adventures across the world, has kept my mind awake as I drove through the night across the country and has me constantly exploring every aspect of Chicago. This seed of curiosity has always existed, but photography has this uncanny ability to push and drive a person. In this case, the person is me.

My First Time…

The first time I have ever felt this push was on an early Sunday morning. It felt like yesterday (This is definitely the first sign of me sounding old right? Next I’ll be saying “Back in my day we had to listen to music on compact discs…) that I woke up to my 5 am alarm. A difficult feat for a person that usually falls asleep at 2 am, but nonetheless I was determined to see my first ever Chicago sunrise. Still in a daze, I grabbed my camera, tripod and made my way to Dunkin Donuts because well yeah. Once I was able to think again, I made my way to Chicago.

Being my first sunrise, I did not have a clue on where I should go nor did I think of simply googling “where to see the sunrise”. As I was brainstorming possible locations, I found myself on autopilot to a little stretch of the lake shore in Lincoln Park. The Fullerton Beach has always a favorite spot of mine during the day. It had it all; a skyline view, a beach, an endless view of Lake Michigan and my personal favorite, a rocky coast. At around 6:30 am, a warm glow began to spill over the horizon. I was completely alone on this little oasis outside of the city and had a front row seat to the greatest show on earth. It was surreal. Ever since that day, photography pushes me to not only wake up, but to continually chase, see and soak in more of these beautiful displays. Although, these pictures are not from this story, I come back to this spot often and think about this day every time I watch a sunrise here. (they updated this location from when I first came here but you can still see the remnants of the rocky coast that I so much enjoyed)

A sunrise is the most honest moment I have ever seen.

I think we all have that place where you can sit without any of the worry and noise of your life, and just… be. This little strip of the lakefront is mine.

Want to see a photo from this story? See my first Chicago Sunrise Here >

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Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette

Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette

I have written previously about the Bahá’í House of Worship (Bahá’í Temple) and it’s gardens in Wilmette in previous blog posts. So I’ll just leave it here. I have visited this beautiful place in the winter, the summer and the fall and each time I am blown away by just how powerful this place is. A diversion from your daily thoughts, where you can just let go and get lost in this magical oasis just outside of Chicago.

Bahá'í House of Worship Photography

See my Previous Posts about the Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette here: Bahá’í House of Worship | Sitting in the Gardens

*Side note: I just read that the Bahá’í House of Worship is one of the seven wonders of Illinois. That’s pretty cheesy but at the same time, pretty neat.


Sitting in the Gardens

Chicago in Black and White

Moments in Chicago

A Chicago Parking Garage

Baha’i House of Worship

Baha’i House of Worship

The first time I saw this building was from an aerial shot from Ed Gilardon and remember thinking “I wish I could be able to travel to places like this…” Located a couple of miles north of Chicago, The Baha’i House of Worship is 1 of 8  dedicated temples of the Baha’i faith and the only one in the United States. However, there was just something about it that made it so much more; maybe the symmetry of the temple or the quietness of it’s stark white exterior, or maybe the gardens & ponds that offers the temple a sort of sanctuary within itself. A place that I was able to just get lost in thought in. I wish I could tell you how many times I walked around the Baha’i House of Worship until I realized that I was just walking in circles.

 I wish my pictures did justice to the simplicity in every detail perfect balance. A place in harmony.

I’ll Never Forget That:

  • It’s 1 of 8 dedicated temples of the Baha’i faith
  • It’s the oldest surviving temple in the world & only one in United States.
  • It contains nine gardens all with their own foliage to celebrate the beauty in diversity & unity.
  • Baha’i believes that the oneness of humanity demands a rooting out of prejudice and inequality.

Check out Baha’i House of Worship to learn more about the history & beliefs.

If you enjoy this architecture, you can find other places that I’ve been to here: Architecture Photography