Adler Planetarium: the best location to shoot Chicago’s skyline

Adler Planetarium: the best location to shoot Chicago’s skyline

Please click on the image to see it bigger, it’s worth it!

Every time I visit a city, one of my goals is to capture a compelling image of its skyline. I created a dedicated page for this project, so you can see all the skylines I have shot.

In Chicago, there is one location that beats any other: the Adler Planetarium at the end of Solidarity Drive on the Museum Campus. From there, you get the full view over Downtown Chicago, from the South of Millennium Park to the John Hancock Center, including most landmarks. It is astonishing.

We went there on a Sunday morning to catch the sunrise. It is a bit of a challenge because there is no bus early in the morning and the planetarium is quite far from the closest subway station. I did not regret one bit making then effort. We got the only clouds of the entire weekend and the light was just wonderful.

I decided to go for a long exposure to smooth the lake water. I shot four landscape images to create the panorama. I usually shot vertical images for panoramas, but with long exposures, I was worried that the light was changing too fast and the exposure would not be the same between the first and last frames.

This location is absolutely perfect for sunrise, sunset and the blue hour which makes it a must-see in Chicago. The Museum Campus is all around, so you can check the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum or the Aquarium at the same time.


  • Chicago Night Photography February 9, 2016 9:24 am

    Here you can see one great Chicago Night Long Exposure in HD

    Also you can download that stock image for free!

  • Genie | savorytouch June 2, 2016 2:05 pm

    Hello, your photos are great but I could not access that skiyline project link you mentioned, broken link?

    • Michael Muraz June 2, 2016 2:50 pm

      Thanks Genie! Yeah, the link is broken because I changed the website. I should put that project back up at some point!

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