Chicago is no stranger to fog, particularly near the lake and while these conditions of low visibility can make for cancelled flights and dangerous travel conditions they can be eerily beautiful.
Many residents living in high rises experience the view of nothingness that fog can bring. Visitors can experience this by going to the top of the John Hancock building or the Willis Tower. (aka Sears Tower)
It can be a little spooky.
Fog definitely can make for some wonderful photo opportunities!
Sometimes you can literally see the fog head inland from Lake Michigan.
One of the surest signs of spring in Chicago is the return of boats to the harbors. Delight is taken as the first boat is spotted in one of Chicago's many lakefront harbors. How do they get there you may ask. Most boats travel from storage yards to the lakefront via the Chicago River. This requires the lifting of each of Chicago's 27 movable bridges.
"The lifting of Chicago's iconic movable river bridges is a local rite of spring, marking the beginning of the boating season," said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein.
Bridges along the Chicago River will lift to allow boat access on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 18 – June 27, 2015. The bridge lifting begins at the Chicago Yacht Yard at S. Ashland Avenue and the river and continues to Lake Shore Drive. The bridges are raised one after the other. Each lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes given an absence of traffic and mechanical difficulties.
While bridge lifts are based on boat traffic, the scheduled starting time for Wednesdays is 9:30am and 8:00am for Saturdays.
If you have ever wondered what it is like to go on a boat run this article and slideshow will help you experience this annual event.
Our photographer headed over to Chicago's lakefront to see what this winter weather had done to the landscape. What he saw was completely unfamiliar! The snow, ice and frigid temperatures of this winter have created formations of ice and snow that are amazing! Many of the features found along the lakefront such as ladders and mooring bollards or posts have become unrecognizable!