Photo Essay: A Chicago Winter Through the Lens

Words by:

Nyssa P. Chopra

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Chicago may be a steaming sauna in the summer, but just a few months ago, you were likely to turn into a human popsicle from just a few seconds outside. To be honest, I appreciate Chicago much more in the winter time, no matter how brutally cold it may be. It’s a magnificent winter wonderland that offers those who dare to venture outside a plush snow-covered scenery that’s likely to make you forget that your hands are frozen, that your limbs are about to fall off, and that you’re on the verge of contracting frostbite. I was sorting through my Chicago photos from earlier this year, and realized that I never posted any from that trip, so here’s a mini photo essay of the Windy City, as seen through my lens.

chicago winter weather

YES, it was COLD! Got colder as the days progressed…

chicago architecture

The architecture in Chicago is a true feast for the eyes.

chicago at night

LaSalle Street bridge across the Chicago River at night

chicago riverwalk

The snowy Chicago Riverwalk along the Chicago River

chicago riverwalk

The illuminated Chicago Riverwalk on a cold, wintry night

chicago theater sign

The Chicago Theater sign

chicago bean

A reflection of Chicago’s stunning skyline on “The Bean”

cloud gate chicago

Cloud Gate: beautiful mirror-like sculpture by talented artist, Anish Kapoor

the bean chicago

Millennium Park in all its glory at night

chicago the bean

“The Bean” is a must-see Chicago icon

the cultureur

The Cultureur herself 🙂

millennium park

The iconic Millennium Park houses a haven of public art and sculptures

chicago the bean

An alternative view of “The Bean”

steps of millennium park

Down the steps of Millennium Park

horse and carriage chicago

A touch of romance during the Chicago winter…


Chicago staple #1: deep-dish pizza

chicago hot dogs

Chicago staple #2: Chicago style hotdog

chicago coffee intelligentsia

Chicago staple #3: a cappuccino

cupcake spinkles atm chicago

Chicago staple #4: Sprinkles cupcake ATM

aerial views chicago

A glowing 360° view of Chicago as seen from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center

views john hancock center chicago

A cocktail with a view? Always!

signature room 95th floor

The Signature Room at the 95th Floor of the John Hancock Center rocks some of the most gorgeous views of Chicago

lobby waldorf astoria chicago

A gorgeous chandelier in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

rainy chicago

Just another rainy and snowy day in Chicago

chicago winter wonderland

Chicago: a magnificent winter wonderland