Hi there, I’m Nick Crawford — a freelance photographer based out of Chicago, IL — and I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite scenes in and around this amazing city. Originally from Southern California, I’ve been living here for just over six years, and Chicago was my original inspiration to pick up a camera. No matter the season, Chicago is absolutely one of the most picturesque cities in the world. With an ever-growing skyline, the iconic ‘L’ transit system, and its vibrant day-to-day city life, there is certainly no shortage of interesting subjects to photograph. I hope these images inspire you to visit the Windy City. Enjoy!
Chicago is known for its low fog, which rolls through the city. There is nothing more gorgeous than the skyscrapers peeking through the fog at sunset. Each year, the Blue Angels cruise through the city for the Chicago Air & Water Show. Taken from the 360 Chicago Observation Deck atop the John Hancock Tower, now known as the 875 N. Michigan Ave. Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, as seen from aerial view. Lincoln Park is my favorite place in the city. Go during the early morning hours and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful sunrise. The Chicago Picasso, or The Picasso, is an untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso. Located in Daley Plaza, this piece of art is a must-see at any time of day. Designed in 1974 by Alexander Calder, Calder’s Flamingo at Federal Plaza is one of the city’s most eye-catching works of public art. Twice a year, Chicagoans are treated to incredibly vibrant sunsets as the sun rises and sets in perfect alignment with the city’s east-west streets during the spring and fall equinoxes. The phenomenon is known as Chicagohenge and is always incredible to photograph. Cindy’s Rooftop offers delicious cocktails and a stunning view of Millennium Park. Located atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Chinatown’s Ping Tom Memorial Park offers incredible views of the Chicago skyline. It’s also a pickup location for Chicago’s iconic water taxis. The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library, and community center. Considered one of the hidden gems of the city, this is a great trip for new visitors and locals alike. If you get the chance, cruise on Lake Michigan during sunset. It will be one of the most gorgeous sunsets you’ll ever experience. Quite possibly the most iconic location in all of Chicago, the Chicago Theatre looks incredible in all weather conditions. Known for its beautiful but icy winters, Chicago transforms into a wonderland each winter. As the Chicago River continually freezes, melts, and then freezes again, the shattered ice on its surface creates stunning natural artwork. A view down LaSalle Street toward the famous Chicago Board of Trade Building. Chicago’s world-famous Cloud Gate — more commonly known as The Bean — was designed by Anish Kapoor in 2004 and is located at Millennium Park. Come during the fall and enjoy the crisp, colorful leaves that frame this iconic sculpture. Put a sunset river cruise down the Chicago River at the top of your to-do list. You’ll get the best views of the city and experience what makes this city so special. One of just nine continental Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world, the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette is a short drive from Chicago. Visit and enjoy the stunning architecture and peaceful surroundings. Vivian Maier by Kobra in ChicagoOne of the things I love most about Chicago is the beautiful street art found throughout its neighborhoods. The colorful Vivian Maier by Kobra stands on W North Ave. Each year, the Chicago River is dyed an emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day. Commonly referred to as the Corn Cob Towers, The Marina City complex was designed in 1959 by architect Bertrand Golberg. Milton Lee Olive Park offers great views of the Chicago skyline. The BP Pedestrian Bridge connects Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. In the morning light, you can take in some iconic sights and see the sunrise. Another aerial photo. There’s nothing better than summertime in Chicago. Here, we see a slice of the Chicago River and the Wrigley Building. An aerial view of Chicago’s Lakefront. Lake Michigan has never looked prettier.
From Lake Michigan to Cloud Gate, it was a joy experiencing Chicago through Nick’s photography. If you’re interested in seeing more of Nick’s work, head over to his Instagram,