Skyline (131/365)

by Lee Santiva May. 11, 2019 240 views

Chicago Skyline at night, taken from Navy Pier looking southwest

Chicago Skyline at night, taken from Navy Pier looking southwest

How fortunate for me, who lives in rural Germany, to just happen to be in Chicago during the time when the topic of skyline was on 365 challenge calendar. The challenge for me was no longer to find a skyline but to have good weather!

I took the night-time photos about one hour before I posted them to this blog.

Chicago Skyline at night, looking north from near Navy Pier

Chicago Skyline at night, looking north from near Navy Pier

The daytime photos were taken on Thursday.

Chicago Skyline as seen from Grant Park, looking north

Chicago Skyline as seen from Grant Park, looking north

Chicago's skyline is ever changing, more than any other major city I know. In photo #3 you see from left to right skyscrapers built in the last 40 years:

  • 2009 - Trump Tower, 98 stories
  • 1990 - Prudential Plaza, 2 buildings, 64 stories
  • 1973 - Aon Center, 83 stories
  • 1997 - Blue Cross, Blue Shield, 57 stories
  • 2007 - 340 on the Park, 62 stories
  • 2020 - Vista Tower, 101 stories (under construction)

The Vista Tower will be the 3rd tallest building in Chicago when completed, however, not for too long, there are skyscrapers in planning or under construction which will be taller.

The Vista Tower is visible in photo #2 as well it is the tallest building and it is the only one which only has lights at the very top.

Chicago skyline with Buckingham Fountain in foreground

Chicago skyline with Buckingham Fountain in foreground

The Chicago skyline is always changing, in fact, there are 42 high-rise construction projects underway right now.*

Because of it's amazing architectural variety from so many different periods, the skyline of Chicago is fascinating from any perspective and at any time of day. The crazy pink color at the top of the skyscrapers in the last photo is from the setting sun.

Chicago skyline at sunset, looking east from Chicago River

Chicago skyline at sunset, looking east from Chicago River

I didn't have any time for any form of post-processing so the colors are how they were captured - that's why I love to come to Chicago on vacation, it's a beautiful and fascinating place to visit.

Source: https://chicago.curbed.com/maps/high-rise-tower-skyscraper-construction-map

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Heike 4 months, 1 week ago

Cool night pics, Lee! And #5 is stunning. I like how the sunset colorize the upper part of the skyscraper.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Heike 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Heike! Nice to hear from you again, hope you‘re well?

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Heike Replied to Lee Santiva 4 months ago

Thank you Lee, I'm fine...I just had to change priorities for a while.

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Bethany Plonski 4 months, 1 week ago

The nighttime shots are fantastic, Lee! I like the little bit of pinkish light on the tops of the buildings in #5 too. Glad your vacation coincided well with the topic for the challenge. :)

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bethany Plonski 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Bethany especially that you liked #5 as well, it just seems surreal with the pink tops

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Trinicia Perch 4 months, 1 week ago

Great shots!  Really love the night shots, they are beautiful.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Trinicia Perch 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you. I really appreciate the compliment  especially coming from a NYC photographer! that is a big deal since you have lots of experience with big city lights and scenes. Unfortunately I have not had time to look at other's posts I hope to catch up once I get back home, I'm curious about your skyline...

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Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

You did a super job capturing the skylines. I love Chicago at night because of the "glitter" and you have really caught the glitter very well. Kudos to you!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you it means a lot to me becauae you photograph here often and know the skyline well. It is very cold and windy at night and my poor husband tried to be supportive but often it was just too much standing around, he is sick with the same bad cold too,

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Camellia Replied to Lee Santiva 4 months, 1 week ago

I am sorry to hear about your husband catching the same cold. My husband has done the same thing as yours several times and I always feel guilty and torn. Unfortunately, this is not a hobby my husband cares to get into. So there are several times I go by myself knowing he feels left out but......😉

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Russell Smith 4 months, 1 week ago

Quite a beautiful series.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Russell! The hard work was getting to the right place at the right time...

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Jennifer Raknerud 4 months, 1 week ago

The night photos are so gorgeous!!!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Jen! Do you ever visit Chicago? I guess its far from Dakota?

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Berckmans Peter 4 months, 1 week ago

Nice series

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Peter, I would have done more if it was not so cold

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Piotr Matura 4 months, 1 week ago

Great photos and lots of interesting information. I like the reflections in #1 and wide view in #4 very much.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Piotr Matura 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you very much Piotr particularly for the specific feedback, very helpful.

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