Chicago, or the "Windy City" as it is sometimes called, lies along the sprawling, wind-swept shores of Lake Michigan. The city is most known for its fascinating modern architecture and a vibrant art scene that has attracted countless interesting individuals to with Chicago's inviting city limits. Not only does the city attract a number of world class art museums and theaters, but Chicago is also home to some of the most passionate sports culture in the United States.
As with any large city, the best way to see Chicago is in fading light as the city lights just start to flicker on. As it is privileged to sit along the shores of the massive Lake Michigan, Chicago is treated to lake view sunrises on the smooth horizon while the sunsets feature the city's skyscrapers illuminated by the evening sun in the distance.
Sunset over Downtown
This picture-perfect photograph of Chicago at sunset was taken from the John Hancock Observatory that overlooks the city as Chicago's tallest building. It's hard to tell what's brighter - the orange in the sky or the orange of the lights along the city's grid layout. One thing is for sure, Chicago is getting ready for yet another sleepless night of excitement.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan
This beautiful, warm-looking sunrise looks like it would be perfectly at home in Florida or Hawaii. In actuality, this attractive little snapshot is a sunrise over Lake Michigan during a chilly November morning from the Belden Stratford Hotel. Certainly the morning air wasn't as tropical feeling as the sunrise looks.
Red Sunset over Wrigley Field
This serene, rosy sunset works perfectly with the contrasting dark city below except for the one glowing centerpiece of Wrigley Field. From the looks of this picture, everyone in the surrounding area has turned out their lights and decided to go take in a Chicago Cubs game, futilely hoping that the Cubs curse will break and they might someday have a World Series win. The gorgeous, yet ominous sky suggests otherwise.
This photo was taken while sailing deep into the choppy waters of Lake Michigan. With the Chicagoland skyscrapers in the distance, it is one of the best places in the city to take in the sunset. As the brightness in the sky begins to fade and the sun starts to dip below the horizon, the sunset creates the perfect silhouette of the Chicago's skyline.
Another great shot of Chicago during sunset from the waters of Lake Michigan. However, it seems that as the sun sets behind building storm clouds, Chicago has a little case of the blues. The sky has began to resemble the deep blue color of the lake waters as the night takes over. Yet, the city lights seem to prevail over this oncoming melancholy by keeping the Chicago well-lit until the sun rises again.
Sunrise over Navy Pier
Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most beloved landmarks. This 3,300-foot-long pier juts off the shore line of the city into Lake Michigan. It seamlessly fuses a fully functional commercial pier with an entertaining boardwalk-type atmosphere. This photograph perfectly showcases the million dollar yachts and charters that dock at the pier as well as Ferris wheel in the distance, all beautifully bathed in the morning light.
Pink Powderpuff Wonderland
This pink and puffy sunset over Chicago makes the city look good enough to eat. However, the lighting makes the deep blue John Hancock building absolutely pop. Everything in this sunrise looks like a beautiful surreal dream.
It's not every day that one is treated to a sunset like this. With such a unique blend of blue, yellow and just a hint of purple, this Chicago sunset overlooking the tall buildings along the shores of Lake Michigan just begs to be pictured. Anyone who spotted this sunset firsthand is sure to remember it for the rest of their lives.
This sunset perfectly sums up the city of Chicago. To many, it is an exciting city of opportunity, and the sunrays that are peaking through the building cloud cover make it look almost heavenly. It's a rare moment to see a sunset as grand as this anywhere, but this photographer managed to immortalize it forever.