Chicago is such a fantastic “big city” to visit. I’ve been many times, and I’ve always been fascinated with its downtown architecture. Most of these shots were made during visits in 2005-2008.

Chicago River Downtown

The Chicago River runs through downtown, offering many great vistas of the skyline.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park gives a water show at the top of every hour, operating May through mid October.

Chicago River Downtown

Taking a river cruise via a sightseeing boat is highly recommended! My favorite is by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Downtown Chicago at Night

The best downtown Chicago view is from the John Hancock Building on the 94th floor.

Crown Fountain

The very ingenious Crown Fountain in Millennium Park brings delight to all ages.

Chicago The Bean Cloud Gate

The famous “Cloud Gate” – better known as The Bean – reflects the skyline at Millennium Park.

The Bean in Chicago

Here’s another reflective angle of The Bean.

Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park, Chicago

Picnic and enjoy a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Downtown Chicago

The fabulous Wrigley Building (left) and nearby Marina Towers are two of my favorite buildings. Christmas lights on the condo balconies add a festive look on the towers.

Chicago North Beach

No, this is not Miami Beach… it’s North Avenue Beach on the lakeshore of Chicago.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is so much fun for biking, walking and jogging along the lake for 18 miles. Rent a bike and head north from downtown for best views like this one. The trail connects many lakefront parks with additional trails.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

Head south on the Lakefront Trail for this view by the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the USA.

Chicago Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue is famous for shopping, especially during the holiday season.

Frozen Lake Michigan

No doubt about it, winters can be brutal in Chicago. But I loved walking the city even on days that never got about zero to discover scenes like this across Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier, Chicago

Looking toward the John Hancock Building from Navy Pier, across the frozen water.