Chicago offers one of the best skylines in the United States, if not the world. Of course, I am partial to New York, but I can also admit Chicago’s skyline is right there, especially when viewed form the John Hancock Observatory.
John Hancock Observatory Sunset
My goal during my last trip to the windy city was simple: to capture the view of the Chicago Skyline at sunset. To have a classic or perhaps signature Chicago sunset in the Sunset Sunday series. But the famous wind (it truly is the windy city) affected my view and the image. A thick San Francisco-like fog rolled across the sky from Lake Michigan as I walked the city streets to the John Hancock Center and the elevator that would carry me up the 1,000 feet to the John Hancock Observatory. Visibility went from over two miles to less than two feet.
While waiting for tickets in the lobby, they announced due to poor visibility we wouldn’t see much, or really anything. Many left the line and I decided to join them. I simply thought I would return to the John Hancock Observatory another day.
Unexpected Magic at Sunset
On walking out, I looked up. Wow. As darkness descended and the city lights coupled with the last rays of sunlight illuminated the fog, I took off the lens cap and captured the moment. Sure, it was not the classic (John Hancock) signature moment I desired for my Chicago sunset, but it was certainly a unique view from the city’s miracle mile and of the John Hancock Center.
Happy Sunset Sunday.
The image was selected for the 2016 Sunset Calendar. To order your copy of the 2016 Sunset Sunday Calendar > click the Lulu icon below
Stay adventurous, Craig