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When and Where to Catch the Best Views of Chicagohenge
When and Where to Catch the Best Views of Chicagohenge

When and Where to Catch the Best Views of Chicagohenge


Published September 12, 2022

Twice a year, in alignment with the spring and autumn equinoxes, Chicagoans are treated to stunning views of the phenomenon that has come to be known as Chicagohenge–when the rising and setting sun lines up perfectly with the city’s east and west corridors.

The remarkable event is the result of the city’s architecture and the patterns of the sun. Because Chicago’s street grid matches up with the cardinal east and west directions on a compass, when the sun is in equinox position–when both the northern and southern hemispheres receive equal amounts of sunlight–viewers can catch a glowing sunrise and sunset framed picturesquely between the manmade “valleys” created by the city’s iconic skyscrapers.

It’s the perfect way to welcome a new season. Here’s where to catch it in 2022:

WHEN AND WHERE

WHEN AND WHERE

When: Chicagohenge happens twice a year in March and September. The autumn equinox falls on September 22, and peak viewing times are between September 21 and 23.

  • Wednesday, September 21: Sunrise at 6:31 am, sunset at 6:49 pm.
  • Thursday, September 22: Sunrise at 6:38 am, sunset at 6:47 pm.
  • Friday, September 23: Sunrise at 6:39 am, sunset at 6:45 pm.

Where: Any east-west corridor in the city will give you a glimpse of the spectacle, but the following locations will give you optimal views:

  • Between Kinzie and Madison
  • Randolph Street between N State St. and N Michigan Avenue
  • Along Washington Street from Millennium Park
  • W Adams Street

Here’s hoping for clear skies and open sightlines!

When: Chicagohenge happens twice a year in March and September. The autumn equinox falls on September 22, and peak viewing times are between September 21 and 23.

  • Wednesday, September 21: Sunrise at 6:31 am, sunset at 6:49 pm.
  • Thursday, September 22: Sunrise at 6:38 am, sunset at 6:47 pm.
  • Friday, September 23: Sunrise at 6:39 am, sunset at 6:45 pm.

Where: Any east-west corridor in the city will give you a glimpse of the spectacle, but the following locations will give you optimal views:

  • Between Kinzie and Madison
  • Randolph Street between N State St. and N Michigan Avenue
  • Along Washington Street from Millennium Park
  • W Adams Street

Here’s hoping for clear skies and open sightlines!

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