Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fog on Lake Shore Drive


Fog is rare in Chicago, but yesterday evening it rolled in thick off Lake Michigan as I was driving up and down Lake Shore Drive in the evening to pick up my son. On our way back, I handed him my Smartphone to shoot some photos of the spectacle. Here, the highrises of the Gold Coast right along Lake Shore Drive are shrouded in grey.



Visibility of a few car lengths at the Chicago Street intersection.
 
 
 
 
Here we are about to drive up the bridge across the Chicago River - if you didn't know the Navy Pier exit was coming up, there was no way of knowing until you were on top of it.
 
 
 
Ohio Street in the fog, as seen from Lake Shore Drive.
Only a few blocks in from the lake, the air was clear and the evening still light, which provided for grand vistas like this one down the canyons of skyscapers.
 
 
 
Looking west into the Streeterville neighborhood from Lake Shore Drive
 
 
 
My son's favorite shot - looking down the Chicago River
with the Trump Tower's top in the clouds
 
 
 
We are about to be swallowed by the fog on the southern part of the Drive.

8 comments:

  1. What neat pictures. I have friends who spent a long weekend in Chicago this past week. Glad they missed the fog.

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    1. Nancy, thanks! The fog prohibits proper sightseeing (Navy Pier was entirely invisible, for instance) but it does make for interesting vistas.

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  2. Terrific shots! Very ominous.

    The last time we had fog like that around here was about a month or so ago.

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    1. William, thanks! Ominous is the right word! It's a bit frightening actually to see the world you know so well just disappear.

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  3. My gym is on Lasalle & Huron, so I was in the same area last night. I took LSD back to my place (Andersonville) - it was crazy! The fog was so thick at one point (around Belmont) that we were all down to 10mph because we couldn't see the exits.

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    1. chicago foodie girl - yep! I traveled that same way thinking that thankfully I knew where I was because for sure you couldn't see the exit signs.

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  4. I was at Wrigley Field during our rare fog event. Fly balls to the outfield just disappeared from view, making it difficult for both the batters and the spectators. Wish I could attach a photo to show the surreal conditions.

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    1. Jennifer - what an odd experience at Wrigley Field!

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