Maple trees at Chicago’s Millennium Park
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.
Firebreather, Chicago Full Moon Jam, July 26, 2018
Photo shoot, Gold Coast
June 13, 2018
My first time to shoot in this south side beach.
They had the Bean all to themselves. It pays to go there very early in the morning on a Tuesday.
Thorndale Beach @ Lake Michigan, Edgewater, Chicago, April 22, 2018
I wasn’t the only one on the beach to witness the birth of the day on Earth Day.
Photographer photographing the women of Pilsen playing as the women of Jerusalem in the community’s passion play reenacting the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) on the Via Dolorosa in the streets of Pilsen, a predominant Latino community in Chicago’s southwest side.
The Via Dolorosa is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.
Quinceañera pictorial, Cloud Gate, March 24, 2018