Chicagohenge makes a comeback on Tuesday, showcasing a stunning sunrise and sunset.

Amidst the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan and the striking silhouette of downtown, residents of Chicago are treated to stunning vistas from nearly every corner of the city. Twice annually, however, they are bestowed with a phenomenon known as “Chicagohenge,” where the cityscape is adorned with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. This awe-inspiring spectacle can be witnessed in 2024 on March 19th and September 22nd.


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Named in homage to the Stonehenge monument in the United Kingdom, Chicagohenge occurs during the spring and fall equinoxes when the sun rises and sets directly along the east-west axis. Chicago’s grid-like layout ensures that during these equinoxes, the sun aligns almost perfectly with the east and west streets, resulting in magnificent views of the sun peeking through the skyscrapers. The sight is truly remarkable, prompting a flurry of social media posts urging people to step outside and witness the spectacle firsthand.


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For those eager to experience Chicagohenge in all its splendor, weather permitting, the phenomenon will be visible around 7am and 7pm during both sunrise and sunset. Prime viewing spots include Madison Avenue, Lake Street, or Kinzie Street in the Loop, offering unparalleled vistas of the city skyline. However, be prepared to share the space with fellow photographers vying to capture this unique natural phenomenon.

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