Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Chicago Helicopter Tour

5 July 2009, Chicago


   On Sunday, July 5, CTBUH staff member Jan Klerks was invited on a helicopter tour over the city of Chicago.

The tour was planned for an early morning moment as the sun shines from the East, allowing for good pictures from the lake viewpoint. 
Early morning view of downtown Chicago from US Cellular Field

Klerks about the tour: "We explored the area between Cellular Field (White Sox) and Wrigley Field (Cubs), which naturally included the Loop, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue, Chicago River and surroundings."

Sears Tower and the South Loop neighborhood Downtown along the river

"As this was a photographers tour, the helicopter pilot had taken out the doors so there were no obstructions for taking images. Although we were properly secured, it's a good thing I'm not afraid of heights," continues Klerks. "At one point we were flying at the same height level as the roof tops of Sears and Trump Tower, which must have been around 1,000 feet. The pilot had announced our tour to the local authorities so people wouldn't be alarmed by seeing a low flying helicopter in between the Chicago skyscrapers."
View southwest from downtown Sun rising on downtown and the north shoreline of Lake Michigan

"The views from that height are so spectacular that the only thing you worry about is taking as many pictures as you can. It's only hours later when you see the results on your computer that you realize what you have seen."

More images taken during the tour can be found below.
Lakeshore East community and Burnham Harbor Chicago's downtown Grant and Miillenium Parks

North America's tallest at sunrise

Picture Gallery
Click an image below to enlarge. All photos courtesy of Jan Klerks.


White Sox U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago City view from the south side

Sears Tower and South Loop neighborhood  The Legacy at Millenium Park

Downtown along the Chicago River

View southwest from downtown North America's two tallest View downtown from the north side Cubs Wrigley Field North America's tallest
View north from downtown Trump International Hotel and Tower

Marina City towers

View south from the West Loop View to southwest suburbs.

Aqua Tower View from Lakeshore East  Grant Park and Millenium Park One Museum Park and One Museum Park West IIT Campus and US Cellular Field