The Second City

The Second City

There are a few "El" subway stations in Chicago that connect both platforms with bridges over the tracks instead of below. This station runs straight through downtown towards Trump Tower. Using tracks as leading lines towards the impressive tower introduces a new perspective of "The Second City" architecture.

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

The south side of Chicago offers arguably the most breathtaking views of the skyline and 18th street is no exception. This photo was taken at sunset above  Ping Tom Park on the 18th Street Bridge. 

Honeycomb

Honeycomb

This photo was taken in Lincoln Park's nature board walk that I stumbled upon one day while exploring the city. This "Honeycomb" structure has a unique style of architecture with a straight view into downtown Chicago.  

Reflections of North Avenue

Reflections of North Avenue

Sometimes the clouds and storms of Chicago are more beautiful than the sunrises. On this morning on North Avenue beach I was hoping for a sunrise but after a few minutes I realized that the fast paced clouds would make an equally interesting photo. The blurring of the clouds paired with the reflection pool of Lake Michigan make for a very interesting contrast. 

The Endless Staircase

The Endless Staircase

The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago is one of America's first skyscrapers and was home to the office of famous Chicago architects Burnham & Root. The building's original staircase is still intact and this photo is looking up from the bottom of the stairwell. 

Winter Over Navy Pier

Winter Over Navy Pier

Big City Lightning

Big City Lightning

I've witnessed many strong thunderstorms while living in Chicago but the storm that rolled through on June 30th 2014 was unique. I captured this photo during the second wave that blew through just before midnight. Bolts of lightning struck both the John Hancock building and the Trump Tower and lit up the skyline. 

Stars Above the Kinzie Bridge

Stars Above the Kinzie Bridge

The illumination of the Chicago skyline paired with the reflections on the river make this photo very captivating to look at. During this particular shoot I was lucky enough for the clouds to form just perfectly above the Willis Tower. 

Cloud Gate at Sunrise

Cloud Gate at Sunrise

Taken at 5:00 AM at Millenium Park in Chicago, I had to convince the security guard to let me in the park because the park wasn't yet open. I had 15 minutes to capture this shot before the park was opened to the public. 

Summer Sunrise Over Chicago

Summer Sunrise Over Chicago

Chicago at sunrise is a sight to be seen.  This shot was taken just west of the city from the top floor of the Rush University Medical Center parking facility. 

Storm in the City

Storm in the City

I captured this shot behind a rain splattered window as an impressive summer storm passed through downtown Chicago towards Soldier Field. 

Make No Little Plans

Make No Little Plans

This photo captures the Chicago skyline from the top of the John Hancock Tower Observatory, looking south along Michigan Avenue. "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood" - Daniel Burnham

"El" Curve

"El" Curve

This photo was taken on a gloomy Saturday morning while two "El" trains wound through downtown Chicago.  I set up on the third floor of a parking garage and shot the northbound train at various shutter speeds to capture streaks of light from the train's head and tail lights.  I used the same technique to capture the southbound train, then merged the two images together to create the final effect. 

Chicago Cross Tracks

Chicago Cross Tracks

The "El" in Chicago is the base of transportation throughout the city. Many of us Chicagoans view the "El" from the platform everyday but it's interesting to see it from above as a few of the many trains pass one another. 

Birds Eye View of Chicago

Birds Eye View of Chicago

This photo was taken from a helicopter over Northerly Island just after sunrise. This unique view of the city highlights Chicago's striking parks, buildings and landscapes along the lakefront. 

Ghosts of Cloud Gate

Ghosts of Cloud Gate

The iconic Cloud Gate sculpture ("The Bean") in Millenium Park is captured here using an exposure over 5 minutes to create a "ghosting" effect of nearby tourists.

Sunrise Over Chicago

Sunrise Over Chicago

This photo was taken shortly after take off during a chartered helicopter tour of downtown Chicago, a great way to capture amazing views of the city. 

The Allerton

The Allerton

This vintage style photo of the historic Allerton Hotel on Michigan Avenue was taken from the John Hancock Observatory. From this high angle I was able to capture a view of the famous Tip-Top-Tap ballroom against a seemingly scaled down Magnificent Mile street below. 

Smoke Trails

Smoke Trails

The Chicago Air and Water show is one of my favorite annual summer events. The John Hancock Observatory offers a perfect "front row" experience of the show. This photo captured trick planes in formation creating impressive smoke designs above Lake Michigan.

Summer Sunset Over Chicago

Summer Sunset Over Chicago

Chicago is a magical city at sunset.  This photo was taken west of the city just before the sun dipped below the horizon. 

Board of Trade

Board of Trade

Early Saturday mornings are the best time to capture direct shots of historic landmarks in downtown Chicago. This photo looks down LaSalle street towards the iconic Chicago Board of Trade building.

Towers of Chicago

Towers of Chicago

Taken from the front seat of a three-person chartered plane, this photo captures the three towers that dominate the Chicago skyline: Willis Tower, John Hancock Tower and Trump Tower.

Streaks of El

Streaks of El

The city offers stunning photo opportunities at every corner. This shot was taken at night from an "El" subway platform downtown. I used a tripod to capture long exposures as the train sped towards the station.

Serenity

Serenity

This shot features one of the channel markers that direct boats from Lake Michigan into Navy Pier in Chicago. I used an exposure of over one minute to capture a peaceful, calming view of the water.

General Logan

General Logan

Grant Park in Chicago has many impressive structures and statues - one of my favorites is this equestrian statue of General John Logan on the south end of the park. 

Kinzie Bridge

Kinzie Bridge

I made the trek to Kinzie Bridge during a cold winter morning to capture this unique angle of the Chicago river against the downtown skyline. It wasn't until after I got home that I noticed the speeding "El" train in the middle of the photo.

Lake Michigan Lighthouse

Lake Michigan Lighthouse

Just off of Navy Pier in Chicago is an old yet active lighthouse just east of Navy Pier. On this particular day the wind was blowing strongly off the lake, but I used a long exposure technique to produce a smoothing effect on the clouds and water. 

Tracks

Tracks

Some of my best photos come from unexpected locations. This shot was taken as I was working on a short time lapse project. I happened to be set up on a bridge which overlooked these train tracks. I decided to take a photo and was amazed by the interesting pattern and composition created by simple tracks.

Wabash Bridge

Wabash Bridge

America's pride was on full display in downtown Chicago this Fourth of July holiday weekend. To capture the flag and bridge along the Chicago river I used a tilt-shift lens, which is designed to help correct distorted lines in images and can also be used for selective focusing. Using this lens I was able to blur parts of the image in camera to produce this unique effect.

Sunrise Over The Adler

Sunrise Over The Adler

All it took was a couple of cups of coffee to convince my friends to let me into their condo to capture a beautiful Chicago sunrise. The morning of the shoot there were some ominous clouds in the sky but the sun poked through on it's ascension into the sky.