Chicago heights: A view of the city from a few stories up (or more)

May 7, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey) 

We like the view from higher ground. Probably something encoded in our DNA from times past, when staking out a place on a hill or bluff meant you were drier--and you could keep a better eye out for approaching danger (or food.) In a city without hills, we made our own. And the views can be amazing.

The above photo is the corner of Randolph and Columbus, shot from the 22nd floor of the Aon Building--but with a long lens that probably makes the shot appear about 15 stories closer. The photo below was taken from the 45th floor of 353 N. Clark Street, looking north:


(photo by Lee Bey) 

This photo was taken from the 57th story of the Sears Tower, looking south west. You can see the old Main Post Office straddling the Eisenhower Expressway near the bottom of the picture; the Dan Ryan Expressway cuts diagonally across the photo:


(photo by Lee Bey) 

I took this photo from the 9th floor of 224 S. Michigan on May 2006 during a May 1st immigration march:


(photo by Lee Bey) 

I took this photo of the then-operational Kennedy King College at 69th and Wentworth in 2006 while aboard the Metra Rock Island train. The complex was later closed when the new Kennedy King was built at 63rd and Halsted:


(photo by Lee Bey) 

A more abstract photo of a man running down Jackson east of Michigan, taken from the 8th floor of 224 S. Michigan.


(photo by Lee Bey) 

Randolph and Wabash from the Randolph Street EL station:


(photo by Lee Bey)