Chicagohenge as seen from Navy Pier
I have been photographing this phenomenon that is now called “Chicagohenge” when the setting sun aligns with East-West streets of Chicago (similar to Manhattanhenge in NY) since 2010. So far as I know, it was first mentioned by Whet Moser in the Chicago Reader in 2009, was photographed by a Flickr user named spf3million and named it as such, also in 2009, and then the following year, the ChiFlickr group (of which I was a member of) had a meet up to photograph the henge anywhere in Chicago, but particularly on Washington and Michigan. There might have been other mentions of this phenomena (BTW, aside from Manhattanhenge, I know that there is also Torontohenge).
Since then, photographers have been gathering in the choice location of Washington and Michigan in Millennium Park to photograph this – and it got so popular – when the mainstream media had featured the phenomena in the past few years that it is sometimes impossible to take pictures of the henge from that location. It is just too crowded with photographers and tripods.
There are many other locations one can view Chicagohenge – practically any East-West Street will do. This year I first photographed the sun on the 21st, early in the morning as it rose above Becker St. in Hammond, IN. Then in the afternoon of that day, just like in 2015, I went to the Navy Pier to photograph the henge as the sun set above Grand Avenue. I was to meet Drink and Click Chicago photo buddy, Adam Dooley and some others at the entrance, but I was late. They were photographing the henge from the parking structure of Navy Pier. I arrived at the Pier just as the sun was setting, and was able to snap a few shots but they were just snaps.
So the next day, Friday, the 22nd, I went back to Navy Pier, earlier this time, to shoot the henge again, and this time with frequent walk buddy, Scott McMorrow.
Today, the 24th, I photographed the henge, for the third and fourth time, while on 147 bus as it passed along the Plaza of the Americas on Michigan Ave. (which I have photographed last year) and then in new location, Jackson and Michigan, with Scott again.
Have a look!
Hammond, Indiana, September 21, 2017
Navy Pier, Chicago, September 21, 2017
Navy Pier, Chicago, September 22, 2017
Jackson and Michigan, September 23, 2017
Plaza of the Americas, near Illinois and Michigan
Chicagohenge over the Years – an album on Flickr (since 2010)