This is one of my favorite places to photograph in Chicago – there is always something interesting going on here but in the summer it turns into an absolute tourist trap so when I go it is ‘off season’ like the winter or fall. It is essentially a shopping mall in the summer with chain restaurants (Bubba Gump Shrimp…Please don’t come to Chicago and eat this – there are so many better restaurants!) and overpriced attractions along the lake front.
I took this in February last year from the top of the parking garage at Navy Pier. The temperatures were frigid (I kept running into the stairwell of the garage to try and stay warm) so there wasn’t anyone down there to bother me. Additionally, the security guards often won’t let you photograph from here but I think with the cold weather they figured I wasn’t bothering anyone (either that or they didn’t want to come outside either). In the middle of summer this lot would have been completely full but because of the temps and the time of day most traffic had already died out for the day so that’s probably the biggest reason they me hang out for an hour or so.
Photo of the Day – Skyline
Chicago is often put up against New York for the ‘best’ skyline in the world and it isn’t hard to see why – it is dynamic and there are a number of buildings that seem to be vying for the cities tallest.