Looking Up in Chicago

When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved going downtown with my family. We’d hit up the American Girl store (my favorite place on earth when I was younger), grab lunch and walk around. I have vivid memories of staring up through the sunroof of our car as we drove down Michigan Avenue. I’d crane my neck to look up at the tops of all of the tall buildings and marvel at the different designs.

Flash forward to today. I’d definitely say that it’s rare to see someone standing in the middle of the sidewalk on Michigan Avenue, or any other busy Chicago street for that matter, who is looking up at the tops of the buildings and taking in all of the different types architecture.

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Belden Stratford, Lincoln Park

Belden Stratford, Lincoln Park

 

For my final photojournalism project of the semester I decided to do exactly that. I walked around Chicago with my focus on the skies and I captured shots of the tops of some of my favorite buildings.

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Wrigley Building, Michigan Avenue

Wrigley Building, Michigan Avenue

 

The variety of architecture is honestly one of my favorite things about Chicago. Just by looking up while walking around the city, one can see everything from neoclassical styles to monstrous glass skyscrapers. I’m so lucky to live in this remarkable and beautiful place.

 

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley The Chicago Tribune, Michigan Avenue

The Chicago Tribune, Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Chicago Water Tower, North Michigan Avenue

Chicago Water Tower, North Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Carbide and Carbon Building, Michigan Avenue

Carbide and Carbon Building, Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Palmolive Building, North Michigan Avenue

Palmolive Building, North Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley 77 West Wacker Drive

77 West Wacker Drive

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley 625 North Michigan Avenue

625 North Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Hotel Palomar Chicago, North State Street

Hotel Palomar Chicago, North State Street

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Trump Tower, Michigan Avenue

Trump Tower, Michigan Avenue

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Archbishop Quigley Center, Rush Street

Archbishop Quigley Center, Rush Street

 

Do you have a favorite building in your city?

 

 

  • Beautiful. I want to visit. My goal is to make it to Chicago next summer.

  • Alice

    These buildings are gorgeous, I would love to visit Chicago sometimes! I think my favorite would have to be the TransAmerica building in SF as I’m in the Bay Area!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U