Photos of Chicago

Spire

This broadcasting mast reaches into the Chicago sky from One Prudential Plaza as the angled architecture of Two Prudential Plaza looms behind.

This broadcasting mast extends into the Chicago skyline from One Prudential Plaza, while the distinctive angled architecture of Two Prudential Plaza casts its presence in the background. One Prudential Plaza, a 41-story skyscraper completed in 1955, was significant as the first new downtown skyscraper in Chicago in 21 years and served as the headquarters for Prudential’s Mid-America company. Its mast was once used as a broadcasting antenna for Chicago’s WGN-TV. Two Prudential Plaza, completed in 1990, stands out with its stacked chevron setbacks and a pyramidal peak rotated 45 degrees, crowned with an 80-foot spire.

Scraping the Chicago Sky

Skyscrapers, including One and Two Prudential Plaza, the Aon Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower loom over trees in nearby Grant Park.

Skyscrapers, including One and Two Prudential Plaza, the Aon Center and Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower loom over trees in nearby Grant Park.

Tower Tops

One Prudential Plaza, Two Prudential Plaza, the Aon Center, Aqua and Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower stand tall in Downtown Chicago as seen from nearby Grant Park.

One Prudential Plaza, Two Prudential Plaza, the Aon Center, Aqua and Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower stand tall in Downtown Chicago as seen from nearby Grant Park.

Chicago Towers

Skyscrapers reach into the Illinois sky in Downtown Chicago.

Skyscrapers reach into the Illinois sky in Downtown Chicago.

Anamorphic

Abstract detail of Chicago's Aqua skyscraper.

Abstract detail of Chicago’s Aqua skyscraper.

Contents: Art!

Exterior architectural detail of the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Exterior architectural detail of the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rumbling By

A Metra Electric and South Shore Line train passes through Chicago's Grant Park as it departs Van Buren Steet Station.

A Metra Electric and South Shore Line train passes through Chicago‘s Grant Park as it departs Van Buren Steet Station.

Scraping the Night Sky

Chicago's Aon Center and adjacent buildings in the night sky over Illinois.

Chicago‘s Aon Center and adjacent buildings in the night sky over Illinois.

Back and Forth

A stairway climbs a building in Chicago.

A stairway climbs a building in Chicago.

Beehive in the Sky

The 1924 Metropolitan Tower—colloquially known as the "Beehive Building" due to the unique ornamentation atop it—rises 475 feet (145m) into the blue Chicago sky.

The 1924 Metropolitan Tower—colloquially known as the “Beehive Building” due to the unique ornamentation atop it—rises 475 feet (145m) into the blue Chicago sky.

City Chopper

A helicopter flies over Downtown Chicago as seen from Grant Park.

A helicopter flies over Downtown Chicago as seen from Grant Park.

 

Roosevelt in the Sky

Roosevelt University's 32-story Wabash Building reaches into the sky over Downtown Chicago near Grant Park.

Roosevelt University’s 32-story Wabash Building reaches into the sky over Downtown Chicago near Grant Park.

Urban Reflections

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”, bends and reflects nearby buildings at Millennium Park, Chicago.

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”, bends and reflects nearby buildings at Millennium Park, Chicago.

Trees and Curves

Lake Point Tower rises over barren wintry trees into the overcast Chicago sky.

Lake Point Tower rises over barren wintry trees into the overcast Chicago sky.

Wrigley

The Wrigley Building rises into the overcast Chicago sky.

The Wrigley Building rises into the overcast Chicago sky.

Skyscraper in the Mirror

Chicago's Aon Center, Two Prudential Plaza and One Prudential Plaza are reflected in the glass windows of a nearby building.

Chicago’s Aon Center, Two Prudential Plaza and One Prudential Plaza are reflected in the glass windows of a nearby building.

The Dark Tower

The John Hancock Center—also known as 875 North Michigan Avenue—rises into the sky over Chicago.

The John Hancock Center—also known as 875 North Michigan Avenue—rises into the sky over Chicago.

Windy City Reflections

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”, bends and reflects the city’s skyline at Millennium Park, Chicago.

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”, bends and reflects the city’s skyline at Millennium Park, Chicago.

Keep On Going

The 346-meter-tall (1,136 feet) Aon Center reaches into the sky over Chicago.

The 346-meter-tall (1,136 feet) Aon Center reaches into the sky over Chicago.

Equitable

401 North Michigan—formerly known as the Equitable Building—rises along the Chicago River into the overcast Illinois sky.

401 North Michigan—formerly known as the Equitable Building—rises along the Chicago River into the overcast Illinois sky.

Standing Tall Over the Bean

Chicago's Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower and 340 on the Park rise above Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”.

Chicago’s Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower and 340 on the Park rise above Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, colloquially known as “The Bean”.

Go On Down

Red Congress

The neon sign of Chicago's Congress Hotel, overshadowed by surrounding skyscrapers.

The neon sign of Chicago’s Congress Hotel, overshadowed by surrounding skyscrapers.

Steel Wave

Architectural detail of Chicago’s Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion, an open-air concert venue designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2004.

Architectural detail of Chicago’s Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion, an open-air concert venue designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2004.

The Tower’s Barren Trees

Lake Point Tower rises over barren wintry trees into the Chicago sky.

Lake Point Tower rises over barren wintry trees into the Chicago sky.