Originally home to the world’s first skyscraper, Chicago has a lot to offer people interested in architecture. The cities skyline is one of the most famous in the world. As such I spent a long time researching and hunting out possible locations to capture a good view of the downtown area and its huge buildings, old and new. Being on the shore of Lake Michigan I hoped to find a viewpoint close to the Loop but also with some of the Lake in the foreground. Water and cities at dusk are often worth photographing. At first I had imagined needing to be on a boat to capture the above type of image. There are two areas that protrude out into the lake. To the north is Navy Pier and to the south is Northerly Island. After hours of walking and working out where the sun would be setting and what buildings in the skyline were the most important in my photograph, Northerly Island was the best choice. Stood in front of the Alder Planetarium looking North West back to the downtown area, this was the view at dusk.
“L” or sometimes written as “el” is short for elevated, as you can see from this photograph. The first L train began running in June 1892 making it one of the oldest networks of its type in the world. It is one of the many iconic features of the city and has appeared in a number of tv shows and movies including Batman and Spiderman. Because of the age of the network I felt that this photograph looked best converted to black and white to give it an almost vintage look. This was taken from the back of the Hostelling International Chicago building looking north. The train was coming towards the camera turning from above South Wabash Avenue to over East Van Buren Street in the heart of the Loop area of the city centre.
This highly polished stainless steel sculpture is the centrepiece in Millennium Park in the centre of Chicago. Nicknamed “The Bean” it has become a tourist attraction in its own right since it opened in 2006. Any time I visited during the day or evening it was swarming with people. I took the above photograph at 6am just before sunset. There was one other photographer (if you look very closely you might be able to make out the reflection of his camera bag). I had the camera on a tripod and using a ten second long exposure I walked up and down to remove myself from the reflection. This is my favourite photograph that I took on my month long trip around the USA. I didn’t include any people in this image to give you a sense of scale but you can easily walk under the middle part of the sculpture. It weighs 110 tonnes, is 20 metres long and about 13 metres high!