Chicago at Night | Photo Essay

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A view of Chicago at night showcasing the large down town buildings and reflection in the water.

Chicago is without a doubt my favourite city in North America. Β I’m a die-hard sports fanatic of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago CubsΒ having grown up thoroughly brainwashed by my father.

I had visited Chicago several times during my teenage years, but this was my first time to come back as an adult. Β I was impressed by a lot of things, this time around, that I didn’t notice before with my adolescent eyes.

The incredible skyline, scenic parks and fantastic food made me fall in love with the Windy City all over again; however, it’s at night when the city really comes alive and dazzles. Β The following is a photo essay showcasing the bright lights and big city views of Chicago at night:

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A man that bares an uncanny resemblance to President Obama spouts out water and flashes neon coloured lights from the Crown Fountain.

A man who bares an uncanny resemblance to President Obama spouts out water and flashes neon coloured lights from this Crown Fountain building.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : I stayed at HI hostel in Chicago - one of the largest and most well run hostels I've ever experienced in my life which was just minutes away from Buckingham Fountain.  As you can see from the fountain the impressive light display and spouting water was a colourful treat for my eyes.

I stayed at HI hostel in Chicago – one of the largest and most well run hostels I’ve ever experienced in my life which was just minutes away from Buckingham Fountain. As you can see from the fountain the impressive light display and spouting water was a colourful treat for my eyes.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A night view of the Observation Wheel found at Navy Pier.

A night view of the Observation Wheel found at Navy Pier.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay :  This is a perspective shot of the cloud gate at night which you'll notice featured again in some additional shots of this photo essay.

This is a perspective shot of the cloud gate at night which you’ll notice featured again in some additional shots of this photo essay.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A group of scattered individuals sit alongside a long bench taking in the impressive displays coming from the Crown Fountain.

A group of scattered individuals sit alongside a long bench taking in the impressive displays coming from the Crown Fountain.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A couple embraces one another while staring back at their reflection from the Cloud Gate, known by locals as the beam.

A couple embraces one another while staring back at their reflection from the Cloud Gate, known by locals as the bean.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : I ventured back to the Crown Fountain late at night when nobody else was around.  I had this view all to myself.

I ventured back to the Crown Fountain late at night when nobody else was around. I had this view all to myself.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : The surrounding large buildings and impressive lighting around Millennium Park made me feel safe to walk around at any time of night.

The surrounding large buildings and impressive lighting around Millennium Park made me feel safe to walk around at any time of night.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : From this perspective one can see some impressive buildings reflected by the beam.

From this perspective one can see some impressive buildings reflected by the bean.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : This is another view from the Buckingham Fountain.

This is another view from the Buckingham Fountain.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A view of a bridge not far away from Millennium Park.

A view of a bridge not far away from Millennium Park

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : A shot of some apartment and commercial buildings in the down town area.

A shot of some apartment and commercial buildings in the down town area.

https://nomadicsamuel.com/destinations/chicago-at-night-photo-essay : Finally, one more shot from the Crown Fountain.  At this point, I think it's safe to say I found this particular display very impressive :)

Finally, one more shot from the Crown Fountain. At this point, I think it’s safe to say I found this particular display very impressive πŸ™‚


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  3. says: Barbara

    That is some amazing night photography! You really did a great job showcasing Chicago and some of interesting sites to see. I haven’t been to Chicago in years but it was really a fun place to visit and I look forward to returning some day. Thanks for sharing your amazing images.

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  6. says: Josie

    Hey Samuel,
    ALWAYS enjoy your photos. And I totally agree about Chicago. Love how crispy clean and approachable it is. The lakefront is amazing. Keep up the good work!
    –Josie

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  8. says: Dayna

    Samuel your photos never fail to amaze us!! I have never spent much time in Chicago, and I’ve never wandered around at night… but this makes me want to!

  9. says: Andrew

    Some very impressive night photography. That is in my opinion some of the hardest shots to get good ones of.
    You keep referring to the Beam, whereas I believe it is actually the Bean with an n, as in Lima or Kidney Bean. Due to the shape. πŸ™‚
    Anyway good shots.

  10. Yay! Love my city! So glad you do too. It’s beautiful and friendly and very photogenic. Next time let me know when you visit…if I’m in town we can hang. Plus I’m good friends with the Exec Dir of the HI Hostel where you stayed! I did a TV segment on it when it first opened. And, no, that’s not Obama! πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Lisa,

      I hope we can hang out in the windy city. Thanks for correcting me about Obama. It sure does look like him though IMO! LOL Also, I’ve got your video ebook up on my footer of NS and on my sidebar and footer of Smiling Faces Travel Photos.

    1. Hey Steph, a tripod is very handy for these kinds of night shots. I just ordered a new tripod from ebay for $100 (free shipping)…if you’re interested to know more about it send me a message.

  11. I couldn’t agree with you more about Chicago. I’m originally from there and still visit as often as possible. You really captured its beauty at night — love the photos. Really well done shot of the Bean at night!

    1. Thanks John! I do travel with a tripod now but it is by far the weakest link, as far as my gear is concerned. I tend to really only use it at night when I’m taking shots like these.

  12. says: Jackie D

    These are GORGEOUS but it is so cold here in Chicago right now that I cannot even imagine going outside to take pictures, haha. When were you here? I just started interning at the HI hostel doing social media stuff and would have loved to meet a fellow blogger….too bad we didn’t cross paths!

    1. Wow! That’s cool you are interning at HI hostel. It’s one of my all time favorites. I just love it there. These pictures are actually from September, 2010 πŸ™‚ I know I’ll be back in Chicago again. Keep in touch.

    1. Thanks dude! High praise coming from you πŸ™‚ I just noticed your guest post on Gary’s site. Incredible stuff. I did use a tripod for these shots but I don’t have a very good one at all. Actually, I’d love to hear what you use because I’m thinking of upgrading very soon.