About 3 years ago I headed over to Navy Pier to shoot the Saturday night fireworks. The shots came out good, but since that night I've been thinking of other interesting locations where I can shoot the weekly fireworks show. One of the places that came to mind was shooting from the Adler Planetarium. If you are not familiar with this location it provides one of the best views of the Chicago skyline and it's right on the lake. From this vantage point I was able to capture the skyline and the fireworks from Navy Pier using my Tokina 11-16 lens.
We drove over to the Adler Planetarium about 9:00 PM in anticipation for the 9:30 start and apparently I wasn't the only photographer that wanted to get this shot. There were a handful of people already set up there with their tripods and everything from point and shoots to DSLRs. It took me a few minutes to find the spot I wanted to shoot from but I finally stopped pretty far east near the side of the Planetarium. From this angle I was able to keep the Willis Tower in the left hand side of the frame and still get the fireworks.
Overall I'm happy with the shots that I got. The weather was beautiful and the fireworks show as always was amazing. I have a few more locations that I'm looking into that also provide unique perspectives of the fireworks and the city. I'm trying to find access to some balconies or roof tops on high floors so that I can look down or be at the same level of the fireworks. More to come soon.