Aerial View of Chicago
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During the late 1990's I had the opportunity to take a beautiful photograph of the Chicago skyline from the rooftop of the McCormick place located in the south loop. Getting up there wasn’t much of a challenge because building security wasn’t a major concern at the time.
It was now 2007, a few years after 9/11, and security was being heavily enforced. I had attempted many times to get back up to the rooftop in order to capture the Trump Tower building along with other newly built skyscrapers. I contacted management of the McCormick building and tried some other networking channels for the building, but everyone kept saying the same thing.
"Nobody gets on the roof after 9/11"
I refused to believe this, so I told a brother-in-law of mine about my dilemma. He mentioned that he knew someone in parking security at Soldier Field and maybe this contact could help me out. I called the man right away and luck was on my side. He asked, "When do you want to get up on the roof''? I answered, "How about tonight? He said “No problem” so I ended the phone call and jumped in my car.
That day the weather conditions were ideal for a fall day and the boats would soon start leaving the harbors in early October. If I waited another week, I would lose out on the great scenery and rainfall was in the weekly forecast. To capture the photo I had envisioned, timing was essential.
As I raced downtown to meet him I couldn’t help but think about the possibility of something going wrong. However once I arrived, he brought me straight to the rooftop without any hassle. He opened to the door to the roof and once again I was in awe of the spectacular view. The setting was incredible and I got the shot I wanted after about 10 years of waiting.
Like they say, "Patience is a virtue".
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