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Inspired by the sun

by Jacob Jackson 06 Jan 2024
Inspired by the sun

Chicago, the Windy City, is a place of mesmerizing skyscrapers, bustling streets, and a vibrant urban landscape that never ceases to amaze. Among the many unique experiences this city has to offer, one stands out in particular - Chicagohenge. It's a stunning natural phenomenon that I've been captivated by even before I moved to this remarkable city. As I eagerly await the next Chicagohenge, I want to share my excitement and some of the best places to observe and photograph this magical event.

What is Chicagohenge? Chicagohenge, also known as the "Chicago Equinox," is a captivating event that occurs twice a year, during the equinoxes (around March 20th and September 20th). During these times, the setting sun aligns perfectly with the city's east-west grid, creating a breathtaking spectacle. The urban canyons of Chicago are transformed into radiant tunnels of light, casting a warm, golden glow across the streets.

My Fascination with Chicagohenge: Before I even set foot in Chicago, I had heard about Chicagohenge through photography and travel enthusiasts. The idea of nature harmonizing with the city's architecture to create such a striking display was awe-inspiring. It became a dream to witness and capture this phenomenon, and it played a significant role in my decision to move to this vibrant metropolis.

Best Places to Observe and Photograph Chicagohenge:

  1. The Art Institute of Chicago: The iconic lion statues outside the Art Institute make for a stunning foreground as the setting sun aligns with the skyscrapers.

  2. Millennium Park: The Bean (Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park is an excellent location to capture the sun's glow reflected in this famous sculpture.

  3. Streeterville: The east-west streets in the Streeterville neighborhood, like East Illinois Street and East Grand Avenue, offer fantastic vantage points with views of the city's skyline.

  4. Adler Planetarium: This location provides a unique perspective, with the sun aligning perfectly between the city's skyline and Lake Michigan.

  5. The Chicago Riverwalk: Head to the Riverwalk, where you can capture the stunning reflections of the setting sun on the Chicago River.

Chasing Chicagohenge in Chicago is an experience like no other, blending the beauty of nature with the urban landscape in a harmonious display of light and architecture. I've longed for this moment, and with each equinox, I'm reminded of the magic that drew me to this city in the first place.

As I eagerly await the next Chicagohenge, I encourage you to mark your calendars and join me in witnessing this breathtaking event. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just an admirer of natural beauty, Chicagohenge is a must-see phenomenon that will leave you in awe of the Windy City's splendor.

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