I flew out to Chicago to visit Diana for a week in mid February. Braving the frigid cold, we headed out for the day to stroll around downtown Chicago. The 2 degree temperature was actually bearable. It was only the wind chill that made it feel like little daggers stabbing into your face. I couldn’t decide if I preferred this sunny, freezing Chicago to the cloudy, slightly warmer Seattle winter.

Beautiful Architecture
McCormick Tribune Plaza
Millennium Monument
Cloud Gate (“The Bean”)
168 stainless steel plates welded together.
This is probably one of my favorite art pieces. I found the angles and curves of the structure combined with the grid-like pattern of the background buildings quite intriguing and fun to photograph. I could probably spend hours photographing this piece.
Calder’s Flamingo
United States Post Office (Loop Station Chicago, Illinois)
The “Windy City”

Despite the cold, it was truly a beautiful day.

After strolling around for the day. We decided to wind down for the night with a visit to the John Hancock Signature Room Lounge. It was an awesome view. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tripod with me, so my hand-held skills were put to the test.

Lake Michigan was 80% frozen at this time. (iPhone 6)
18mm — 1/3 sec — f/7.1 — ISO 3200

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