Stunning Views of The Windy City – take home a Chicago skyline photo!
Chicago, Illinois – also known as “The Windy City” – is presented in these striking city skyline pictures. With a size of 234 square miles and a population of over 2.6 million, Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S.
Chicago’s unique history includes the great Chicago fire in 1871, which wiped out 1/3 of the city. A boom in construction and architectural growth followed this disaster, bringing us the fantastic range of building structures seen in today’s Chicago panoramic images. During this period of growth, Chicago became home to the world’s first skyscraper in 1885, built using steel skeleton construction. This brought on the skyscraper era, not only important to images of Chicago today, but also becoming a type of building prominent throughout all major cities across the world.
Some notable locations seen in Chicago skyline pictures include Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), the University of Illinois-Chicago, McCormick Place, and O’Hare International Airport. In the U.S., Willis Tower (as of 2012) was the tallest building at 1,451 feet and 108 stories, and was the fifth tallest building in the world. This building is prominent in every Chicago skyline picture and any Chicago skyline panorama would look incomplete without it.
The second tallest building in the U.S. (as of 2012) is also featured in Chicago skyline photos: Trump International Hotel and Tower (also known as Trump Tower) opened in 2008 and is 1,170 feet tall. At one point, this building aspired to become the tallest in the world, but was scaled back after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Chicago skyline pictures show the city has many of the world’s tallest buildings, in addition to being one of the most dense in skyscraper construction. But another prominent feature in many Chicago skyline photos is Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is important in these images as it provides transportation access to the region and is beautifully set against the city edge, reflecting the interesting buildings in our panoramic images.