The Chicago Skyline Photo Collection

I love the New York and Toronto ones, and I hope to contribute to those with future visits to these wonderful cities, but I notice there is no thread for one of my favorite cities- CHICAGO! In my opinion, Chicago has the most beautiful skylines, with its many shapes and colors, and I think its truly amazing how fast the skyline has grew in the past 50 years! I’ve been to Chicago four times within the past couple of years, so I have plenty photos to offer.

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All from my first visit in 2015

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Here’s some more from my second trip in late 2015

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August 2017

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Beautiful! I take that this was from the John Hancock Center?

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Taken by me, last April.

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circa 1950s


Vintage Found Photo - Chicago Skyline by Mark Susina, on Flickr

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Wow. I cant even recognize the skyline.

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Is the building with the spire 1 Prudential Plaza?

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Here’s one last photo that I took this past May and put on my Instagram

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most of Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers didn’t rise until the 1970s. Chicago, despite being considered NYC’s only rival as far as skylines go, didn’t complete its first 200-meter skyscraper until the John Hancock Building was topped off in 1968. NYC built The Metropolitan Life Clock Tower in 1909, and we all know of the great skyscraper race of the 1930s.

edit: yes, that is 1 Prudential Plaza. It was completed in 1955.

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It’s truly amazing to think that the whole city was different in just 50 years’ time.

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Holy moly, that’s just as Gotham as Gotham!

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The Chicago Board of Trade Building, probably Chicago’s most famous skyscraper before the supertalls, is Wayne Enterprises in the Chris Nolan films :slight_smile:


19680517 04 Northeast from Wacker Drive & Congress St. by David Wilson, on Flickr

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I really like this shot.


Credit: k de muth

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Aon Center under construction 1972

Water Tower Place under constructipn 1975

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Skyline from 1958

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City View from the Prudential Building 1967

Southwest from Prudential Building 1963

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Is this pic to old?

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View from the Tribune Tower 1925.

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Credit: Empty Chicago via TAPP Channel

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