Chicago Photography Guide Part 4 - Alt Chicago
Written and Photographed by Mike Lindle
Heading out to Chicago but don’t know where to shoot? If you’ve made it this far through the series, you must be pretty curious what other photogenic nooks and crannies Chicago has to offer. Read on, and you won’t be disappointed! This is part 4 of the 4 part series on the best photography locations in Chicago:
Part 4 - Alt Chicago
I’ve also included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location through Google Maps!
Spiral Staircase at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Established in 1967, this Contemporary Art Museum is one of the world’s largest. While it’s highly recommended that you spend time in the museum and actually enjoy the modernist sculptures and installments, photographers flock here to photograph the building’s staircase. Unsurprisingly, it’s well worth the trip out!
West Calhoun Alleyway
A nearly hidden Alley in The Chicago Loop, come check this place out during early blue hour to catch the perfect lighting when staring straight up at the sky cracks.
The Northern Trust Green Pipe Lookup
Another quirky view in The Chicago Loop, the historic Northern Trust Building is veneered with Blue paneling and green pipes running up the side of it. Push your wide angle right against the pipe and stare straight up to enjoy a unique view in the heart of a well-photographed city.
Alleyway Near Double Q-Loop
Next to the Double Q-Loop (immediately south), you’ll find an unassuming alleyway. Head inside and look up to be treated to a slightly symmetrical alley view.
James R. Thompson Center Interior
Constructed and opened in 1985 the James R. Thompson Center houses offices of the Illinois State Government. It has a public foodcourt inside, though the building follows normal business hours, closing M-F at 6pm. Unfortunately, the building is closed on the weekends.
John Hancock Center Alleyway Lookup
Slip in the alley directly east of the John Hancock Center for this astonishing lookup of the tower sandwiched between the surrounding buildings.
Unveiled in 1974, this avante-garde sculpture was designed by Alexander Calder. Commissioned by the United States General Services Administration, it currently sits outside the Kluczynski Federal Building in Federal Plaza.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
Popularized skyline view of Chicago over a small pond under the abstract gateway. This area also offers a safe haven for local wildlife such as fish, turtles, and birds.
ORD Terminal B - C Pedestrian Transfer
This Pedestrian Tunnel connects United Terminals B and C. Since the HQ of United is in Chicago, I suppose they rolled out the red carpet for travelers passing through their biggest operating airline hub.