Chicago Looking More Like Miami

May 23, 2017

It was a gorgeous day yesterday for aerial photography in Chicago - we grabbed the helicopter and captured several sites on the north side, downtown, in the western suburbs, and near O'Hare.     Below is one of my favorite shots from the flight, an aerial from over the Chicago River, looking southeast out towards Lake Michigan.  The lake was so blue it reminded me of imagery I've captured over Miami.  It does not always look this way, however: sustained east or northeast winds will churn up shoreline and create a muddy brown.   Fortunately the winds are more often from the west and we can imagine we're over the Caribbean when looking down at the lake.    

New Arena for the Milwaukee Bucks

May 16, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks Arena AerialHere's a straight-down look into the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena.  Construction started in June, 2016 and is scheduled for completion for the 2018 NBA season.    

Aerial Photography over Chicago

May 09, 2017

chicago aerial photographyWe find ourselves capturing aerial photography over Chicago almost every week - here's an image from a wonderful May flight, looking north up State Street, featuring Chase Tower, Aon Center, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Center, among many others.    

Erin Hills - Site of the 2017 US Open

May 03, 2017

Erin HillsPreparations are well underway at Erin Hills, the site of the 2017 US Open in Erin, Wisconsin.    

Vista Tower Rising in Chicago

April 17, 2017

Vista Tower ChicagoThis aerial photo shows Vista Tower starting to rise along Wacker Drive in Chicago.    


April 17, 2017

Wrigley FieldWrigley Field and the surrounding Wrigleyville and Lakeview neighborhoods are stunning on this beautiful spring day!  Also visible is the new Cubs office building just west of Wrigley, the under-construction Hotel Zachary across Clark Street to the southwest, and the 'Addison & Clark' development across Addison Street  to the south.  Montrose Harbor is beyond.    

Northwestern University Expansion

March 09, 2017

Northwestern University AerialWork continues at Northwestern University and the expansion of the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletic Center along Lake Michigan.    

McCormick Place at Dusk

March 03, 2017

McCormick PlaceWe had a neat opportunity to capture McCormick Place at dusk.  This beautiful view shows the redesigned Lakeshore Interchange in the foreground and the lights of Chicago behind.   

Lambeau Field

February 02, 2017

Lambeau FieldIt was a frigid February day of flying in Green Bay and the Fox Valley.  Although it's now the off season it's always fun to fly by Lambeau Field, here looking every bit the Frozen Tundra!   

Milwaukee in the New Year

January 02, 2017

Milwaukee Aerial PhotoHere's a snowless December aerial photo of Milwaukee to start the New Year.  The foreground features the incredible arena district construction activity, anchored of course by the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena and also including the Bucks training facility and a large parking structure.  More to come!   

Camp Randall and the Wisconsin Badgers

November 26, 2016

Wisconsin Badgers Camp RandallWe found ourself over Camp Randall in Madison Wisconsin on Saturday as the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers to earn another trip to Indianapolis and the Big 10 Championship game.    

Goose Island

October 19, 2016

Chicago Goose Island AerialWe had a gorgeous October afternoon for aerial photography over Chicago's Goose Island.    

Helicopter Flight Near O'Hare Airport

July 21, 2016

OHare Helicopter FlightIt's always exciting to capture aerial photography near the busy O'Hare airport, one of the world's busiest.  We always work very closely with air traffic control including pre-flight coordination so they know when we're coming, where we intend to fly, at what altitude(s), and how long we'll be on site.  This particular image was captured in Rosemont, on the east side of O'Hare, with the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in the foreground.    

No Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago

June 24, 2016

McCormick AerialThere won't be a Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts on Chicago's Lakefront:   This aerial photo captures the museum's proposed location north of McCormick place and south of Soldier Field.    

Night Aerial Photography in Chicago

May 26, 2016

Chicago Aerial Photography at NightWe had a great opportunity to shoot a few interchanges in Chicago at night.  Given the specifications for the shoot we used a helicopter to get in nice and close while maintaining clearance requirements from surrounding buildings - something an airplane couldn't do in this particular location.    

Chicago Flight

April 13, 2016

Chicago West LoopIt was a beautiful spring day for aerial photography over Chicago's busy and growing West Loop and Fulton Market area!   

Stock Aerial Photography

March 28, 2016

Randall Road AerialStill a bit drab outside?  Aerialscapes has an extensive collection of stock aerials that will look great in your marketing collateral - here's a sample of Randall Road retail property in Algonquin.      

Bad Weather

March 21, 2016

It's pretty rare that we shoot in overcast, not to mention drizzle, although if the client's deadlines don't line up with a great weather forecast we'll certainly get out and fly!       Here we are capturing recent aerial photography in the helicopter just off the runways at O'Hare.  

The Corners of Brookfield

March 08, 2016

aerial photo The Corners of BrookfieldFlew over The Corners of Brookfield yesterday, a major project bringing upscale retail to the area.  Some nice sunshine despite the cloudy forecast.    

A Little TLC

March 07, 2016

aerial photo planeTook the plane in for a little TLC today, just a minor issue that the good people at Aviation Plus ( in Kenosha took care of quickly.         It's a pretty special plane, perfectly suited for aerial photography.  No wing struts to get in the way, retractable gear for speed and a clear shot, and removable window sections so we're not shooting through plexiglass for you.  

Holy Hill

October 16, 2015

Holy Hill AerialOne of my personal favorites and probably the only image I still use that was captured in the early days, on film.   The image was captured on a hazy June day at the exact, brief moment we passed over the shadows of the spires, the only moment we could see their streaks behind the silhouette.