Which way is up?
Toy boats float on a Navy Pier reflecting pool in Chicago on a summer evening.
Parkgoers pack into Zaha Hadid's pavilion during the public opening as part of the centennial celebration of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago in Millennium Park.
A river taxi gets distorted in a mirrored surface underneath the Michigan Avenue Bridge underpass in Chicago.
Pedestrians cross Monroe Street at Michigan Avenue during the rainy commute.
Marilou Tibayan fishes on Lake Michigan near Montrose Harbor as clouds roll through downtown.
Hitchcock at the Park
The infamous shower scene from "Psycho" plays on an outdoor screen at Grant Park.
By dawn's early light
As the sun comes up over the lake, triathletes begin the swim portion of the 27th Chicago Triathlon.
Morgan Flarity of Tampa, Fl., serves during a qualifier of the AVP Chicago Open at Oak Street Beach.
The sun reflects off buildings, illuminating Illinois Street near Michigan Avenue.
Buzzing the city
An Oracle bi-plane circles downtown Chicago during practice for the Chicago Air and Water Show.
Wheel in the sky
Storm clouds pass over the Chicago.
Trumped by fireworks
In this view from the 90th floor Trump Tower, holiday fireworks are dwarfed by the surrounding buildings.
Young boys play basketball in Pilsen's Dvorak Park against the red painted wall of the fieldhouse.
Hitting the bricks
A fire escape makes for a graphic pattern against the side of the Chicago Theater.
A cruise boat makes its way west on the Chicago River.
A lone runner makes his way along the lakefront adjacent to the Shedd Aquarium.
A junkyard on Chicago's South Side takes on a graphic beauty when viewed from the air.
Dusk over Wrigley provides a gorgeous distraction as the Cubs battled the Houston Astros in July.
Take me to the River
Pedestrians stroll along a newly opened portion of the Riverwalk along the Chicago River.
Wheels keep on turnin'
Bikers take in their morning exercise along the Lake Michigan shoreline south of downtown.
Children enjoy Crown Fountain during a hot spell.
A woman views the inside of the Zaha Hadid's pavilion. It opened to the public in August in conjuction with the centennial celebration of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago in Millennium Park.
Head in the clouds
Chicago's John Hancock building is enveloped by a small patch of fog.
The sun rises behind the Hancock Building as a light fog settles over downtown on a day that's supposed to the warmest in weeks.
The Field Museum of Natural History for the background for the Annual Venetian Night boat parade at Monroe Harbor in Chicago.
Calder in the rain
The Alexander Calder "Flamingo" sculpture rises above a glistening Federal Plaza in Chicago as a light drizzle falls.
Whimsy in the wind
People young and old enjoy a funky, giant kite while visiting the Annual Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor.
Lost in the clouds
The John Hancock Center on Chicago's Gold Coast is partially enshrouded on a cool, damp summer morning.
The setting sun can make even the traffic home look good: looking west on Roosevelt Road near Canal.
University of Chicago students take a quick, chilly dip in Lake Michigan off Promontory Point.
Wrigley when it sizzles
Lightning strikes northeast of Wrigley Field during a Cubs-Padres game.
Cloud Gate shot from the 5th floor of the Cultural Center, is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above.
A mini armada of sailboats wait for the bridges to open as they leave Lake Michigan to go to winter berths in October 2002.
Many of the buildings in the Pilsen neighborhood sport colorful murals. This one adorns the exterior of Nuevo Leon on 18th Street.
Cyclists along Lake Michigan near 39th Street at sunrise in March 2008.
The Millennium Park opening gala features Carlos Kalmar conducting the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra
At Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown, the reflection of the Riverplace building makes a psychedelic background for ducks swiming in the Chicago River.
Heavy fog blankets the Chicago area as the statue of Thaddeus Kosciusko stands in the heavy mist near the John G. Shedd Aquarium on Solidarity Drive.
The Picasso statue wears the home team hats at the Play Ball Chicago festival in Daley Plaza.
Statue of Nicolaus Copernicus
A gull seeks the center of the universe, as it lands on the statue of Nicolaus Copernicus in front of the Adler Planetarium..
Surfin' Chicago: a man and his board off Promontory Point.
Shown here: A storm rolls over a farm field in Plainfield, Ill.
A vast lightning show erupted over most the south suburban and northwest Indiana area.
Chinese pagoda-style buildings along Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown stand in contrast to the Sears Tower.
Baha'i Temple/wide view
The Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, which is known as the "Mother Temple of the West."
Strolling the shoreline at Northerly Island.
Crisp winter temperatures often make the city twinkle a bit more, including the north end of Millennium Park.
Millennium Park bridge
Pedestrians stroll the serpentine bridge that connects Millennium Park with Daley Bicentennial Plaza.
Canada Geese pop up like periscopes in the tall grass of Northerly Island.
Independence Day fireworks erupt over the Chicago skyline.
Fireworks burst over Lake Michigan as Chicago celebrates Independence Day on July 3, 2007.
The Wrigley Building is illuminated by fireworks as the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. Jan 1, 2000.
Fireworks over Lake Michigan as Chicago celebrates Independence Day in 2007.
Buckingham Fountain captivates Chicagoans and visitors all summer long.
A Chicago lifeguard watches over a wind-whipped Lake Michigan.
University of Chicago
A restful courtyard at the University of Chicago.
A volleyball player gets ready to serve in a slice of sunlight at Oak Street Beach.
Touring the Chicago River via the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise in 2004.
Cottage Grove mural
A youngster is nearly camouflaged by the mural at Cottage Grove and 113th.
A swirl of runners surround Chicago Police officers on Columbus Drive in the midst of the Chicago Marathon in 2003.
sci and industry
A portion of the facade of the Museum of Science and Industry.
A striking sunset (no pun intended) over Wrigley Field in May 2004.
The lake sends up a layer of fog in this view from Navy Pier, with the sculpture "Captain at the Helm," by Michael Martino, in the foreground.
Steelworkers create a ribbon of light in 2003.
Buckingham Fountain in July 2004.
A perfect day at Wrigley Field in September 2003.
Urban steel makes for an intricate silhouette along the Chicago Skyway in October 2007.
Long shadows as fans make their way to Wrigley Field's upper deck.
Locals and tourists often splash their way around the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park.
The Water Tower and holiday lights along Michigan Avenue in December 2005.
Back when it was known as Marshall Fields, the State Street store sported a light show projected onto escalators.
A statue appears to point towards the Trump Tower under construction and the famed Marina City towers.
Buckingham Fountain is a great place to stop by for some cooling-off spray from the fountain's jets.
Shoppers and commuters battle wind and weather along Michigan Avenue in December 2007.
The fabulous SuperDawg drive-in on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
The Kinzie Street bridge over the Chicago River's north branch makes for a great vantage point. A great scene from "High Fidelity" was filmed there.
Oakbrook Center in the rain.
Melting snow makes for great reflections at Millennium Park in 2008.
Millennium Park takes on an otherworldly glow in winter.
Diversey Harbor in the deep freeze, December 2004.
Skating in the midst of Millennium Park.
"Bike the Drive".
Tourists and visitors to Millennium Park are reflected in Anish Kapoor's sculpture "Cloud Gate".
Millennium Park in winter.
A flashback to "Flashdance"? A tourist poses in front of the Millennium Park fountain.
Commuters wait at the CTA stop at Fullerton and Sheffield.
Faded signage in Chicago's Theater district.
Who knew the Skyway could look gorgeous?
Cooling down in Millennium Park.
New Year's Eve fireworks.
Holiday time in Millennium Park, 2005.
A tourist watches as the rising sun bathes the Chicago skyline in a warm glow while the moon sets in the west.
Buildings along Michigan Avenue are reflected in "Cloud Gate", also known as the "Bean".
An oasis in downtown Chicago: Millennium Park's Lurie Gardens.
The breaking up of the Chicago River makes for great reflections.
Oak Street Beach lifeguards have no one to guard on the chilly opening of Chicago Park District beaches.
A woman walk a dog along Lake Michigan near Fullerton Ave. beach.
Commuters trudge through rain and snow in the afternoon rush hour.
Low-hanging storm clouds roll into Chicago in July 2003.
Rooftop celebrants along Sheffield Avenue outside Wrigley Field.
Pedestrian patterns in front of the Thompson Center.
Skating away on a chilly November day in 2006.
Fans rejoice at a Sox home opener.
Though signs warn against it, teens dive into Lake Michigan north of Oak Street Beach in 1998.
Graphic signage in Chicago's Loop in 2004.
A Cubs fan is silhouetted against the Wrigley Field sign as she stands on the roof of The Cubby Bear.
Bustling Navy Pier in 1998.
Fireworks over Lake Michigan for the 4th of July celebrations in 2003.
Ascending the stairs to the CTA platform in Chicago's Loop.
Chicago's Loop is a wealth of light, shadow and color.
Colorful steps towards the CTA platform in the Loop in 2004.
A 2003 winter view of Southport near Waveland in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood.
A commuter make his way to work over the Lake Street bridge and the Chicago River in the rain and fog
A pedestrian, bundled against the frigid temperatures, makes his way up the stairs from North Columbus Drive to East Wacker Drive shortly after sunrise.
Steam rises from Lake Michigan, looking south towards downtown, as temperatures hover at -6 degrees.
The Chicago River thaws and ducks take a break.
Ice clinging to everything early on in the day at Wampum Lake Forest Preserve near Thornton, Il.
Under the El near Cottage Grove.
Where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan snow covers benches and walkways.
The cold dawn light reflects off ice forming on the Chicago River.
Wolves pass the time at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
A Pacific white-sided dolphin surfaces for air at the Shedd Aquarium.
Buildings reflected in the 333 N. Wacker Drive building.