Category: Lake Shore View

Chicago's Aerial Beauty: Seeing the City as the Birds Do

Downtown Chicago, seen from an airplane heading east from takeoff at Midway Airport, July 25, 2013.
Among all of Chicago’s many assets, its physical beauty is an overly well-kept secret to those who are not very familiar with this city. For someone who was a frequent visitor to Chicago before moving here to become a full-time resident in 2011, one of the first things that struck me was the genius of... Read more »

Chicago Let Its July 4 Colors Burst

Fireworks over Chicago's Navy Pier, July 4, 2013
My life is mostly about words, words, words. But sometimes you need to step aside and let the photos speak for themselves. The photos in this July 4, 2013 gallery were taken from the Diversey Harbor outlook over Navy Pier — mostly fireworks, with a couple of bonus shots of Chicago’s beautiful downtown skyline at... Read more »

Super Moon Over Chicago Keep on Shining

"Supermoon" rising over Lake Michigan at Chicago on June 22, 2013.
The much-touted “supermoon” — the night the moon was closer to Earth than any other in 2013 — was greeted by skies over Chicago that had cleared after a mostly hazy second day of summer. While the supposedly larger appearance of the moon seemed a little elusive to the naked eye, there was no missing... Read more »
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Chicago Weather: I'm Dreaming of a Wet New Year

The year 2013 dawned bright. Virtually cloudless in fact. A very pretty day, even with the temperatures topping out in the mid-20s. The skyline in clear relief, and the smokestack clouds over the south end of the lake making it obvious that New Year’s Day is no holiday at the Indiana steel mills. A nice... Read more »

Frankenstorm Sandy Meets Lake Michigan: The Movie

The past couple of days, I have been posting photos of the wild waves whipped up on Lake Michigan here in Chicago by Frankenstorm Sandy, located hundreds of miles away. And now, the movie. The video, about 3 and three-quarters minutes in length, is here: This video, made with the same Sony NEX-3 camera as... Read more »

Super-Storm Sandy Hits Chicago With Gale Force

There are times when Mother Nature nurtures. And there are times when she’s a bad mother. The gale that Frankenstorm Sandy produced over Lake Michigan has turned Chicago’s inland sea as stormy as it can be. The fact that the ginormous waves pictured below — and taken between Belmont Harbor and Diversey Harbor just a... Read more »
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The Long Arm of Hurricane Sandy Roils Lake Michigan

It isn’t unusual for stormy weather to roil the waters of Lake Michigan, with big waves crashing against Chicago’s ridged seawalls and creating what I like to call natural fountains. But these events usually happen when the weather system is right on top of us. When I went out to photograph the lake this afternoon,... Read more »

Hurricane Sandy: Awaiting Nature's Terrible Beauty Again

One of the daunting aspects of Hurricane Sandy, as it approaches the eastern U.S. coast is its monstrous size: Forecasters say they have rarely witnessed a tropical system with such a potential reach. How far a reach? Significant repercussions from Hurricane Sandy are expected to be felt here in Chicago. Yes, Chicago. A lakeshore flood... Read more »

Chicago From The Water: Even Better On A Boat

If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m more than a little enamored of the view we have from our perch 300 feet above Lake Michigan and about four miles from the downtown skyline. But even I have to admit that there is no perspective on Chicago’s unique beauty than the one you... Read more »
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The Stark Beauty Of Chicago's Changeable Skies

If you’ve been acquainted with my Cooler on the Lake Shore blog for a while, you know that I’m a hopeless lifelong weather junkie. And the panaromic view from the lakeside apartment to which we moved last year provides perspective on Chicago’s ever-changeable weather that never could have imagined. To wit, this morning, the forecast... Read more »