Erin Henze

For two weeks every year around the spring and fall equinox, the sunset and sunrise line up perfectly with the east-west streets in the city. Taken on Randolph and Dearborn.

“Chicagohenge” bathes the loop in biannual sunset

September 25, 2022


Thursday marked more than the beginning of fall as individuals congregated to the Loop, cameras in hand to view the “Chicagohenge.”

Occurring during the fall and spring equinoxes, the Chicagohenge occurs when the sun settles in perfect alignment between buildings along east-west streets while it rises and sets. While the henge occurs in other cities such as Manhattan, Chicago’s unique street structure allows the event to be viewed twice a year.

Didn’t know about the henge till now? No problem, the anomaly will continue to be visible for several days following the equinox.

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  • Commuters waiting for Chicago’s L Train are silhouetted against the setting sun at Addison Station, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Chicago.

  • Commuters waiting for Chicago’s L train are silhouetted against the sunset-colored sky at Addison Station next to Wrigley Field baseball park, right, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Chicago.

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