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Chicago's Seasonal Shift: A Photo Essay

Picture of Culture Trip
Updated: 28 July 2016
Chicagoans often joke that their much-beloved city has two seasons: winter and construction season. Yet autumn in Chicago does exist, however briefly, clashing with the start of the winter. This piece shows the quick conflict between nature’s bright colors and the neutral tones of winter weather.

© Luhrs Heldrich

© Luhrs Heldrich

The sun rises to heat a chilly Lake Michigan, steaming the surface.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

A jogger braves the cooler temperatures during an early morning run.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

Sandy beaches are dusted with snow while Lake Michigan produces her final waves before icing over.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

A barren lakeshore path.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

Ice hardens the once-soft sand of North Avenue Beach.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

Fall’s festive, yellow leaves lie atop the first snow of winter.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

Autumn and winter struggle for dominance on a street in Logan Square.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

Sunny, blue skies warm a snow covered tree.

 

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© Luhrs Heldrich

A Downy Woodpecker starts digging deeper in the tree bark for its food.

 

 

by Luhrs Heldrich