Chicago is one of my most favorite cities to visit for many reasons, but largely because of its beautiful lakefront, architecture, great museums, and food scene. However, growing up in central Illinois, Chicago was viewed with trepidation--a dangerous, almost foreign land that was best avoided. It wasn't until I lived in Chicago for several years that I grew to appreciate Chicago more. It is a very photogenic city.
There are so many places to visit, but one of the most popular is Navy Pier. It's a nice place to people watch or walk around. If you don't know what to do in Chicago with kids, check out Navy Pier. Toward the end of Navy Pier is a beautiful view of the Chicago harbor lighthouse. The day we visited Navy Pier was clear and breezy, perfect weather for sailing, which is a very popular activity in Chicago. I spotted this sailboat edging toward the harbor lighthouse and quickly brought up my Nikon D300 to take a single shot. A few seconds later, the boat disappeared behind the lighthouse. I love the juxtaposition of the Chicago harbor lighthouse with the sailboat. This shot encapsulates some of the beauty that can be seen every day along the lakefront whenever the weather is nice (which tends to be fleeting there).