Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City

Chicago skyline at night

As much as we dread Chicago winters, they make for spectacular nighttime skyline shots.


An architect in Houston once explained to me that skyscrapers in Chicago tend to be brighter than those in southern, warmer cities because those buildings use glass that is designed to aggressively keep the sun and heat of the day out.  The result is dimmer office building windows at night, and less pretty nighttime skyline photos.

This picture taken from The Legacy at Millennium Park by Loop Spy Eric shows off our city at night, and looks like something from a local TV news cold open.

Location: 21 South Wabash Avenue, The Loop

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Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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