How To See Chicago From A Captivating Angle – Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted, “How to See Chicago From a Captivating Angle – Part 1  sharing some pictures from a helicopter ride with, Chicago Helicopter Experience” (CHE) over the Chicago skyline!  As we continue ‘upwards’, here is part 2 of this incredible perspective of Chicago!

The photo above shows the Chicago River winding its way through the downtown area.  I was mesmerized not only by the color of the water, but how perfectly it fits into the landscape.  The road in the foreground is, “Lakeshore Drive”.  Songs have actually been written about this road; to the left is Lake Michigan, and to the right is the Chicago River.  It’s a spectacular road to travel on (that is, if it isn’t rush hour!).

Wow, isn’t this gorgeous! Flying over Lake Michigan and continuing parallel to Lakeshore Drive we have Grant Park; this is the location President Obama gave his acceptance speech in 2008.  Can you see a fountain in the foreground?  This is, “Buckingham Fountain”, a beautiful, almost majestic landmark of Chicago.  It was also featured in the opening scene for the sitcom, “Married With Children”.  I never watched the show but for a few episodes, yet I remember the fountain!

Oh my goodness, what do we have here?  This is a shot looking back at the two areas we just flew over.  You can see the John Hancock on the left-hand side reaching for the sky, in addition to the Willis (Sears) Tower on the right-hand side looming large as well.  Both are black buildings with antenna on top.

Behind the Scenes:

I posed the following question to a pilot with Chicago Helicopter Experience:

Has your perception of Chicago changed now that you view it from the air?  Does it seem different somehow when you are on ‘land’?  

Here’s the terrific response:

“My perception of the city has changed a great deal.  At first, I was actually more familiar with Chicago from the air then on the ground. But seeing the city every day from the air, I find myself driven to go and see specific things in downtown to see what they look like from the ground.  Also, my initial perception of Chicago, from my first day here, was grey and gloomy as there was bad weather rolling in.  Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to see Chicago in many different lights and angles.

There are many different ways to see Chicago; land, water, and air. Truly the latter is now at the top of my ‘fav’ list!  I’ve got more photos to share with you, so please stay tuned for ‘Part 3’ where I’ll show you some more Chicago ‘angles’ from above!

Here is the contact information to find out more about this spectacular, helicopter journey:


Phone:  312.967.8687

Again, special thanks to Katie Cameron from CHE for her wonderful support!

  59 comments for “How To See Chicago From A Captivating Angle – Part 2

  1. May 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm


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  2. May 27, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    That looks truly marvellous!!!!

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  3. May 27, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Chicago looks beautiful!! I never really new what the city was like and this is so lovely. Need to go check out part 1.

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    • May 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Oh yes, it really is quite something! I had no idea what it looked like either until I moved here! Why thank you so much for checking out part 1! Muchly appreciated! Cher xo

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    • May 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Same sentiment, David; Wow!! 🙂 Cher xo


  5. May 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Amazing shots and what a wonderful experience to fly high and see all the sights. Stunning ❤

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    • May 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Why thank you, Em! It’s such a cool perspective to see this city in a new way! Cher xo

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  6. May 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Breathtaking seems like such a cliche thing to say, but seriously – your photos of the city are BREATHTAKING! And not just because I’m afraid of heights, and the idea of being in a helicopter fills me with fear – LOL! Great question to ask the pilot, and his answer was awesome. And as soon as you mentioned the Married With Children fountain (I had no idea this was the location – how cool), “Love & Marriage” started playing in my head! 😀

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    • May 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, Traci! You are extremely thoughtful to say so. I really appreciate it a lot! I honestly love taking photos and sharing them. Oh, are you afraid of heights? I always try to see things from difference perspectives, so when I saw what Chicago looks like from a helicopter, I felt as if I was in a dream! Yes, that’s the fountain! *LOL* I had the song in my head when I was writing the post!! *I should apologize to you for having you now hearing it too!* Cher xo

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      • May 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

        I get songs stuck in my head all the time, so no worries! Yep, didn’t realize how bad my fear of heights was until a trip to Germany in high school. I made the rather unfortunately timed discovery halfway up a steep, ladder-like staircase on a tour of a castle… :O

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      • May 27, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        Me too, Traci! Oh dear, I’m so sorry that happened to you. That’s totally understandable. I don’t know what my deal is, as I can go up in a helicopter no problem, but I can’t go out in that glass box at the Willis (Sears) that many tourists do: (p.s. maybe just look really quickly and then close the page)! Cher xo 🙂 🙂

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      • May 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        LOL! Yep, that would wreck me – hubby and our eldest went to NYC last year, and showed me pictures they took of the view from the One World Observatory… *shiver*

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      • May 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Oh I think I’d have the same reaction!! 😮 Cher xo

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  7. May 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Someday I will visit in person, until then, thank you😊

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    • May 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Ah, bless! Well I am honored to share photos with you! I do hope you can visit in person someday! You would love it, I’m sure! Thank you! Cher xo

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  8. May 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, wow and WOW. Helicopter is clearly the way to see Chicago. The water looks quite blue in places. Really quite stunning x

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    • May 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Hayley! Oh yes, it’s a terrific way to see Chicago! The water is very blue here depending on the sunshine beaming down on it. I was shocked to see how blue it can get when I first moved here! Thanks so much, Hayley! Cher xo

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  9. Amy
    May 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, awesome photos, Cher!!

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    • May 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Amy! What a view from a helicopter! Cher xo

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  10. May 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Chicago looks beautiful from the perspective of the sky. After two-hours in bumper to bumper traffic, well

    I will say that Chicago drivers were very curitous to a driver with out of state plates

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    • May 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      *LOL* The traffic is horrific at rush hour here, William. I daresay you experienced it first-hand. Not as nice of a perspective in that line-up, is it? 😉 Cher xo

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  11. May 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Gorgeous views. I once caught z couple of snapshots coming in on a flight. Nothing this great! I’m at a new web site now: 🙂


    • May 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Hi my dear! Thanks so much! The weather was absolutely perfect that day, so it was my luck that the pictures turned out I think! I’ll take a look at your new website!! Cher xo

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  12. May 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve only been to Chicago in the winter but this is beautiful!! Grant Park is a pretty cool place, even more so from above. Thanks for sharing with us!! ☺

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    • May 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Oh you must come back in better weather my dear! The lake is alive with boats of all sorts! Cher xo

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      • May 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm

        Compared to Winnipeg in the winter, Chicago was a dream!! I would love to go out on the lake in the summer 😍

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      • May 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        Ah yes, I know it all too well!! In fact, winters here are, as you said, a dream! I’m usually dressed in a lot lighter clothes than most people that are from here! *LOL* Cher xo


  13. May 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Wow! The third photo is my favorite.

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  14. May 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    The beautiful Chicago. the river, Northwest University reminds me the best experience and family I ever had!

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    • May 27, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Well that it is so wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you have such nice memories from Chicago! Cher xo


      • May 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        I have 1 cousins reside in Chicago, I arrive many time to perform live music..

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      • May 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

        Oh do you? And you play music here? Cher xo


      • May 27, 2017 at 9:45 pm

        it depends, we have 2 contracts one at the blue house or JW Marriott on Brand…Before I arrive, I will contact you and invite you!!

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      • May 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

        That would be great! Thank you so much! Cher xo


  15. May 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Such a great way to see the city. I would love to see New York City this way.

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    • May 27, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Why thank you, Trudy! Oh yes, wouldn’t that be amazing? Cher xo


  16. May 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I would love to do this…DH on the other hand, not so sure 🙂

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  17. May 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Spectacular and thanks for explaining where Obama gave his speech I had wondered as I didn’t recognise it.

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  18. June 22, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Fantastic photos, Cher. For some reason I thought Chicago was a bit dreary, perhaps because it’s known as the Windy City, but it’s really beautiful. You’re doing a great job spruiking for what is now your home city.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Hi Mo! It’s great to see you! Ah, thank you! Actually, the moniker of, “Windy City” was based on a rivalry between Chicago and New York City. New Yorkers thought that Chicago politicians were full of, “hot air” as they were bragging about why Chicago should get to host the 1983 Columbia Exposition. New York City bid for the rights as well; however, Chicago won! Ah, bless! Thank you so much, Mo! Hope all is well with you! Cher xo


      • June 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

        Truth to tell, Cher, if you really want a windy city you need to visit Perth, Western Australia. St George’s Terrace, the main drag is like a wind tunnel!

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      • June 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

        Oh is it, Mo? I hadn’t hear that before! I must look it up! They have a funny little saying about the Canadian Prairie Province of Saskatchewan (which, in the southern area is completely as flat as a pancake): if the wind ever stopped everyone would fall down! *LOL* Now I must go and search for Perth! Thanks, Mo! Cher xo

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