It is very unlikely your social media feeds haven’t already been filled with numerous glowing orange photos of Chicago’s natural phenomenon dubbed ‘Chicagohenge.’ Named after the famous prehistoric boulder formation in Wiltshire, England, Chicagohenge takes place twice a year for the spring and fall equinox. Because Chicago was built on a grid system with streets lining up near perfectly on compass north to south and east to west, the sun lines up directly with Chicago’s east-west facing streets and beams down the heart of the city.
The astrological phenomenon sees the magic of nature and Chicago’s glorious architecture collaborate harmoniously to put on a breathtaking spectacle that people from all over come to witness. Some of the most popular spotting locations include Kinzie and Madison, on E Randolph Street between N State Street and N Michigan Avenue, and of course along Washington Street from Millennium Park. Of all those who look forward to this bi-annual event, it’s Chicago’s array of talented photographers who are among the first to have it penned in the diary.
There are few spectacles that can match the setting sun beaming down the artificial valleys of downtown. Though nothing beats experiencing it in person, we’ve here rounded up 30 of our favorite photos and videos for those who weren’t there to experience it at all and those who just simply want to relive it.
[Featured image from Instagram / @thelensoftruth]