Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail

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They’ve been pared back, decked over, repurposed, and there was even once a proposal to turn the whole shebang into a field of wildflowers; but Chicago’s lakefront railroad tracks continue to carry thousands of people into and out of the city each day.

Chris Benning sent in this photograph of the tracks as they glide through Grant Park before slipping under the Art Institute of Chicago and disappearing into the nether-reaches of Millennium Park.  The city seems to form a U-shape around the terminus where people spill out of the silver tubes and up into the surrounding buildings.

For more of Chris’ photographs, check out his web site, Benning Photography.


Location: Grant Park, The Loop

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Author: Editor

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