On a foggy night, I love the way this hotel sign beams with barely any sight of a building beneath it. The lower the fog, the creepier the city feels and as big as Chicago is, it does get quiet at night — giving you many opportunities to shoot empty streets and train stations. I also enjoy shooting with the juxtaposition of the bright neon sign and the bronze horse statue. It creates such a cool image.
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N41° 52' 32.0232"W87° 37' 24.0708"
This image of The Bowman statue and The Congress Plaza Hotel neon sign was taken on the south corner of E Congress Plaza Dr & E Congress Parkway.
Since it was midnight, I just drove my car to the GPS coordinates and then left it there — nobody was around and I wasn't going far. Once you get to the location face southwest and you'll see the statue and neon sign in the background.
- Closest station: Van Buren Street (ME or SSL Lines)
- Turn right toward E Congress Pkwy/East Ida B. Wells Drive and take the stairs
- Turn left toward E Congress Pkwy/East Ida B. Wells Drive
- Turn right onto E Congress Pkwy/East Ida B. Wells Drive
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