The Best Places for Chicago Skyline Photography

Chicago Skyline Photography

The Chicago skyline may be one of the most iconic, recognizable and photographed cityscapes in the world. Embedded in the mountainous skyscrapers, is a juxtaposition of modern and historic Chicago architecture that when combined is an ode to present and past. This city is a home to a melting pot of people, ideas, arts, and lifestyles. It is not just a city – it is a feeling. It is no wonder why the Chicago skyline is the is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking views in the world!

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Chicago Skyline History and Architecture

Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois an among the largest in the United States of America. As we know, it is one of the third most famous cities in the U. S. Chicago is renowned for its bold architectural looks as well as the birthplace of skyscrapers.

In 1832 when the Black Hawk War ended, Chicago was developed as a town.  Afterward, in 1837, it became a city due to population growth. From 1848 it started development, and as such, it became the world’s largest grain port in 1854. Another important thing from its history is that from 1950 to 1960, Chicago’s people moved elsewhere due to the jobless environment.

Then afterward, in 2000, its population started increasing again. After a silence of many years, Chicago City has sanctioned 800 feet buildings with more jobs awaiting approval. Each day, the skyline changes Chicago design with newer layouts and innovative technology coming into the rescue of executing them from concept to completion.

Chicago Skyline Architecture at Sunset Drone Photography Over Lake Michigan and Soldier Field at Northerly Island Park

Where to See the Chicago Skyline?

There are many places where you can get perfect photographs and enjoy the views of the Chicago Skyline. As you go about exploring the great beautiful city of Chicago, don’t forget to view these iconic architectural marvels:

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Rush University Parking Garage

Having studied at one of Chicago’s colleges or universities, it is not necessarily a place many would return to regularly after completing your degree. You may not be intending to move back to the university, but that should not keep you from visiting Rush University.

Surprisingly, Rush University’s parking garage includes one of the most stunning views of the Chicago skyline. It is an off-the-beaten tourist path, which means that you won’t need to struggle through crowds of men and women to capture the best image of the Chicago skyline.


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360 Chicago Observatory Deck

If you want to enjoy the Chicago Skyline’s great view, go upward 94 floorings within the John Hancock building and see the 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Watch out on the town from all 360 degrees, then with interactive touch screens, click and find out about the history, structure, scenery, and culture of all these sights within your view. 

As you are there, make sure to have the delight of the’ Tilt’ and then see the city from an entirely new angle. This observatory has a few of the most incredible views of Willis Tower, Lake Point Tower, in addition to the Aon Center.

Make sure you arrive first thing in the afternoon to avoid the enormous lines and the massive audiences. Because in the evening, I am 100 percent sure that you will never get the view properly because there is a huge audience at that time.


Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago is the other point from where you can see a perfect view of the Chicago Skyline. For Chicago’s amazing views and a glimpse of up to four states, investigate the notorious Willis Tower Skydeck.

At present, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower up until 2009) is among Chicago’s most significant and greatest famous buildings. It was also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere until 2013, when the new One World Trade Center surpassed it.

Measure ‘The Ledge,’ that extends four feet out of this building, and take in the views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Skydeck is available 365 days throughout the year. Therefore regardless of what time of year you decide to see, you will always be at the top of Chicago’s world.


The Art Institute of Chicago

If you are thinking that you will skip the Art Institute of Chicago from your queue visiting places, keep in mind that without seeing the Art Institute of Chicago, it will feel that your trip is not complete.

While you are there, not only are you going to get mesmerized by fantastic artwork, but you will also see breathtaking views of the town. Be sure to visit the Modern Wing for an unbelievable view of Millennium Park, move up to the restaurant, and enjoy views of the city while eating a tasty meal.


Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

From rides museums, the Navy Pier is filled with amusement; you will not want to overlook it. So, make sure you take a ride on the Ferris Wheel. You will enjoy the ride, but you will also have the ability to observe a fantastic view of the town after you reach the very top.

Although the old Ferris Wheel has been replaced with a new and larger version, the same designer who designed the old one (Dutch Wheels) has also constructed the new one.


The Wit Hotel ROOFtop bar in Downtown Chicago

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The Roof On theWit

The Wit Hotel in Chicago rooftop lounge is a home to live music and musicians playing nearly every day. The pub is remarkably popular with the locals, particularly during the summertime.

Sip on a cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and appreciating the close views of the Marina Towers. We propose coming for Happy Hour and remaining long enough to see the sunset across town, a spectacular sight to see.


Chicago Skyline Fourth of July Free Fireworks at the Alder Planetarium Night Photography

From the Alder Planetarium

As I mentioned in the best places to watch the Chicago sunrise, the Alder Planetarium is a photographers dream. Located right off of Lake Michigan, you have countless opportunities to capture something spectacular. Wake up early to watch the city wake up or stay late to see the sunset behind the beautiful city skyline. In the summer months, the Alder Planetarium is the perfect place to lay out a blanket and enjoy the free firework display offered from the city.


The Golden Hour Sunset Overlooking the Bean in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago

Millennium Park Chicago

The reflection of the Chicago skyline painted on the world famous Bean sculpture in downtown Millennium Park while watching ice skaters skating in the rink below is a wonder in its own. No matter where you walk, the city’s architecture surrounds you. Take a stroll along the Lurie Gardens and see if you can spot the John Hancock building or grab your camera and head down the BP Bridge to see catch a better glimpse of the beautiful architecture.

Have some little ones? Just head a short walk to the adjoining Maggie Daley Park. A fun little gem, that is sure to keep your kids entertained.


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Chicago Boat Tours

See the Chicago skyline from a unique perspective from a boat!. Whether you are taking in the scenes winding down the Chicago River or enjoying a summer day on Lake Michigan, the non stop views will keep you from going overboard. One of my favorite ways to learn and see the city is through one of many Architecture Boat Tour.


hicago helicopter Experience Tour of the City Skyline during sunset photography

In a Helicopter

A helicopter tour is undoubtedly the very best way to observe the Chicago skyline together with an aerial perspective of the whole city. It is also the priciest, but it is well worth it to get an unforgettable experience.

We propose a sunset excursion since there’s nothing like watching the sunset across town. For all individuals on a budget, even a boat tour is a fantastic alternate.


Sweet Home Chicago

As mentioned above, the sites are not an exhaustive list of places to view Chicago’s skyline. They are just a few points where you can enjoy the stunning view of the beautifully architectural Chicago Skyline. You can enjoy the sunset views and get photographs to document these spots and make your trip memorable.

With a vast surfeit of attractions—the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the Magnificent Mile, da Bulls, world-famous comedy (Second City), and world-famous theater (Steppenwolf, Goodman), not to forget the blues—“Sweet home Chicago” is an American city second to none.

I Will Leave the Light On

I will leave the light on.

Happiness and hope has always outshined the darkest of hours. Right now fear is slowly running through the veins of many people who search for some sort of life line in this precarious time. Lives have been upheaved and we frantically attempt to put the pieces back in order.

As an attempt to offer a glimmer of hope we are taking a breather from each other physically and socially. For the first time in many people’s lives, we are somewhat forced to focus on ourselves. We are rediscovering our passions. We are understanding ourselves better. We finding out how truly weird we really are.

I have always subconsciously put off things I have wanted to do, due to the lack of hours in a day. And now I’m required to take a deep breathe. What now?

This void of empty time has somehow inflected more stress than relieving. I feel like I have to fill every minute of the day with a task to feel productive otherwise I just wasted a day. To add to it, if I don’t start or do any of the things that Ive previously put off because of the lack of hours of the day, then what? Am I failing? Do I lack the ability to be a better version of myself. Do I just simply not have what it takes to be the person who I have alwaysed envisioned in my mind?

Breathe.

There was a post from Clementine Morrigan that resonated this exact sort of self isolation anxiety. She wrote

“There are a lot of posts being like: use this time to cross things off your to do list, deep clean your house, work on yourself, start a mediation practive, etc etc etc… And these posts are obviously well meaning and may be helpful for a lot of people…

We may also feel a weird pressure to ‘use this time well’ (capitalism is alive in our bodies) and we may be spiraling into a shame that we can’t seem to turn this situation into a healthy writing retreat or a get all that cleaning done or whatever.

So I just want to say: whatever you are doing is fine.

If all you’re managing is watch tv or stare at your phone

it’s ok.

If you are having trouble functioning

it is ok

We need to take a harm reduction approach and not expect ourselves to be suddenly not traumatized.

It’s okay if you’re not getting anything done.

It’s okay if you’re not at your healthier or productive right now.

The focus should be on lessening the harm of our nervous system distress and then working from there.

You are not a failure.

Whatever you are experiencing right now is okay.”

Cloudy lighthouse during the sunset in a light bulb surreal conceptual fine art local photography

It is ok.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but I did. I have stacks of books that I feel like I should be reading, countless of interesting Udemy classes that I know I should be starting, exercises that I should be doing, finances to figure out but instead I’m writing and listening to music. Yesterday I wrote and spent hours working on and animating this image while listening to music. And it’s ok.

Creativity, imagination, art, expression, they are all the light that is guiding me through this dark tunnel of solitude and anxiety. This is what makes me feel happy and hopeful.

What is your light?

Be well. Stay safe friends.

Escaping Your Comfort Zone

Escaping Your Comfort Zone


This artwork was a concept piece I worked on about escaping your comfort zone.

I was in a rut. Days ran into days which felt like an endless stream and it felt easier to let the current carry me away rather than to fight against it. This is a comforting feeling, you feel safe. While at the same time, it’s easy to lose track of time and stray far away from where you once intended to be.

We all have been in a place in which comfortability has played a circumscribing factor in our life. We think of all the things we want to do, envision a future self we want to be and imagine a place where we want to wake up in but we quickly push it aside in the someday endeavor category in our head. There it sits, boxed up in our attic saved for later. We continue with our life waking up, going through the motion, hurry back home, rinse, sleep and repeat.

Those future endeavors, those dreams and ideas we once painted for ourselves remain a faint outline. They become ever more hazy, slowly feeling less attainable as time passes by. It seems like we fell asleep on the river of life and have drifted too far away to know the way back.

How do you fight against the current? What is the life preserver you strive for to get you back on your feet? I’ve always thought the answer to this was happiness. And it’s true in a way but something I read that stuck with me is that ‘Happiness can be bought with a bottle of wine and has become ambiguous through overuse’. So what is objective then? What’s the goal?

And so the adventure begins surreal fine art concept photography with an old type writer on a rustic table setting with a globe, travel passport, vintage camera and a morning coffee

Finding Excitement.

Finding excitement in life is the driving factor in motivation. It’s the very aspect that pushes you to learn, to act. It incites passion and is the spark to igniting your mental bliss. I started to write ‘don’t be afraid to try something new’ but that’s honestly not honest. It’s a terrifying feeling. Exiting the familiarity of life is scary as hell but that’s also what makes it so, so exciting. 

Tim Ferris wrote in his book The 4-Hour Workweek “‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct along the way.”

I feel fear is the biggest denominator in whether you act on something that you truly want to do. Comfortability is so attractive due to its certainty while excitement has become a sort of ‘risk’. It’s uncertain and not a lot of people feel comfortable with not knowing what’s next. But it’s the very reason why we watch tv shows & movies, why we read books or watch sporting events. Not knowing is a little exciting. No it’s down right exhilarating.

Whether it’s in your job, your relationships or your personal life, find something that constantly forces you to step away from your comfort zone. Find something that forces you to see the world in a different way. Find something that makes you ask questions. Find something that makes you smile with anticipation. Even if it’s small, find something that excites you.

And so the adventure begins…

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