Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chicago's Millennium Park at Night!


My late nights are on Wednesday. When I got out of work this evening I thought it'd be wonderful to take some nighttime pictures of the city with my camera.

Here are some amazing shots of Millennium Park....if I do say so myself!

The picture above is of Cloud Gate. We Chicagoans call it "the Bean". Normally I stay away from this tourist attraction but really wanted to see what it looked like at night. So glad I did!

All the lit up skyscrapers along Michigan Avenue reflected onto the Bean's silver, metallic surface. Unbelievably beautiful! This photo does not do it justice. Just impressive to see up close. Chicago never looked better!

Next, I walked over to The Crown Fountain, just south of Cloud Gate. This is where two towering structures project a person's face which appears to "spit" water onto the crowd. Here's a backside view of one of the towers.

The Crown Fountain turning green!

The neat part is they constantly change colors. From green, to blue, to purple, to red, to yellow. At night this really stands out.

The Crown Fountain turning yellow!

And last but not least.....

My favorite Crown Fountain transition! Stunning blue!

Lastly, I walked over to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where all the outdoor concerts are held in Millennium Park. Down below is a shot of the metal wall on the side of the building. I love how the silver catches all the light from the nearby lamposts.

Close-up detail of side wall on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The weather was just perfect. Cool and chilled but not cold. Full moon overhead in a clear sky. And except for a few tourists there was hardly anyone around. Just the way I like it!

The whole setting was ridiculously romantic....too bad I had no one to share it with.  *melancholy sigh*  I Guess all of my blogging friends will have to do for now!

The rest of the park was closed off for the night so that concludes my mini tour of a popular Chicago landmark!

17 comments:

JUSTIN said...

Sweet shots!

Dean Grey said...

Thank you, Justin!

Though I think those landmarks did all the work. I just took their pictures so they get all the credit!

-Dean

r garriott said...

Hey, Dean, you've probably seen how one of your landmarks was the subject of a painting challenge...
http://web.mac.com/kjurick/ZemArt/dsfdf5.html

Dean Grey said...

r garriott!

Thanks for the link! I haven't seen that until now.

Wow, "the Bean" looks cool even on a cloudy mid-afternoon day!

-Dean

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful photos! I also recognized the Bean from Karin's DSFDF blog. Your night shot is really cool.
I've never been to Chicago, but if I have a chance, really want to go to Chicago National Museum. They have so many old Japanese wood block prints.

Dean Grey said...

Well what are you waiting for, Akiko!

Come on down to Chi-town! We'd love to have you.

Thank you for checking out my pics!

-Dean

Don Gray said...

Thanks for the great night tour, Dean. I've seen The Bean and fountain several times in daylight, but never at night--gorgeous!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I've never been to Chicago, but hope to get there some day. This makes me want to go even more! I have to see the 'Bean'! You could write for a travel company...:)

Dean Grey said...

Hey Don!

At night, "the Bean" is just stunning! You really do have to see it in person to believe it.

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Kelley!

Chicago would love to have you stop on by!

"The Bean" is quite "touristy" but everyone should try to see it if they can.

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Thank you both!

-Dean

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I really love the night time shot of the bean. Also like all the same types of things that you do. Fire escapes, lined up trash containers, etc, etc. Lots to see everywhere.

Dean Grey said...

Hi Mary!

Thanks so much for taking a look around!

I appreciate the compliments on the photos. It seems there's always something to photograph in the Windy City!

Thanks again!

-Dean

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

wow, this looks breattaking!

Dean Grey said...

I completely agree with you, wecouldgrowup2gether!!

-Dean

Dean Scott said...

Beautiful series of photographs. Chicago is so different from my small town of 20,000.

Dean Grey said...

Dean!

I'm sure your small town has plenty to offer too!

-Dean

bonnie said...

You should go you will love downtown. I'm a former Chicago resident and I try to go back once a yr. Always something to see and do.

Dean Grey said...

Bonnie!

Thanks for commenting on such an old post. It was fun to look at something I posted so long ago!

-Dean