Capturing the Leaders of the Pack at the Chicago Marathon 2018

Britain’s Mo Farah, the eventual winner of Chicago Marathon 2018 leading the pack of runners at Mile 1

Eventual winner Brigid Koskei of Kenya (the one with the extended leg at the lead) trying to get away from the elite women runners at Mile 1

Photographing the elite runners at Mile 1 of today’s Chicago Marathon, October 7, 2018. Mile 1 is at about Michigan Ave. and Grand at the Magnificent Mile.

In search for the perfect Chicagohenge

E. Wacker Drive and N. Michigan Ave., 2018
Washington from MIllennium Park, 2015

Chicagohenge is the Chicago version of “Manhattanhenge,” according to Bleader which first mentioned the phenomena in 2009. In that blog post, the author, Whet Moser said, “Manhattanhenge is a biannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main street grid. Naturally, it works here in Chicago as well…”

Since then, photographers of every kind gather in the most popular places where the Chicagohenge could be seen. Back in 2010 to about 2013, I practically was the only one standing on the “ledge” in Millennium Park overlooking Washington St. photographing the henge – during the March and September equinoxes. (I remember explaining to passers by what was going on and they would stop and photograph as well.) But starting 2014, when TV and the Chicago Tribune started to cover the phenomenon, tens if not hundreds of photographers started to gather in the location (as well as a similar one facing Madison), that it sometimes becomes impossible to find a good viewpoint unless you go there early.

But there are other locations from which you can photograph Chicago henge. I’ve been photographing it since 2010.

Here a sampling of Chicagohenge throughout the years.