Stunning Photos Show Chicago’s Cold in the Most Beautiful Way

These photos show just how beautiful Chicago can be in the cold.

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The sun rises along the shore of Lake Michigan at Montrose Harbor, Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago. The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures still tumbled to record lows in some places. Click here for weather updates from NBC 5 Chicago.
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Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan before sunrise, Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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A photographer sets up his tripod on the shore of Lake Michigan before sunrise, Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures this week, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. Click here for weather updates from NBC 5 Chicago.
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Photographers shoot the sunrise despite temperatures hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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Photographers brave record-setting low temperatures to get a shot of the sunrise in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago, where temps were hovering around -20 degrees.
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Photographers shoot the sunrise despite temperatures hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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The sun rises behind trees along the shore of Lake Michigan at Montrose Harbor, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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Photographers brave frigid temperatures hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago The bitter temperatures were expected to climb by later that afternoon, possibly hitting 0 or even 5 degrees by early evening.
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The sun rises along the lakefront while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago. Temperatures were expected to climb throughout the day, possibly reaching 0 degrees by early evening, but forecasters were predicting snow right on the heels of the cold snap. Click here for weather updates from NBC 5 Chicago.
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The sun rises along the lakefront while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago.
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A man walks along an ice-covered break-wall along Lake Michigan while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago. More than 1,600 flights in and out of O'Hare and Midway Airports were canceled as the dangerous cold continued with snow expected Thursday afternoon.
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Photographers brave the brutal cold, with temperatures hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees, to shoot in the morning light on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago. Temperatures were expected to rise into the upper-teens and low-20s by the weekend.
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A woman walks along the lakefront as temperatures hovered around -20 degrees on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. Temperatures dipped to near historic levels, with lows Wednesday night into Thursday morning dropping to -23 at O'Hare Airport.
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A visitor takes a picture of the Chicago skyline along the city's lakefront as temperatures hung around -20 degrees on Jan. 30, 2019.
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A man walks along an ice-covered break-wall along Lake Michigan while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on Jan. 31, 2019, in Chicago. Temperatures dipped to near historic levels, with lows Wednesday night and into Thursday morning dropping to -23 at O'Hare Airport, but relief is in sight: By Friday, temperatures will rise into the upper-teens and low-20s. Click here for weather updates from NBC 5 Chicago.
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A man takes a picture along the lakefront on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago, where temperatures plummeted to a record-breaking low of -23 overnight. Click here for weather updates from NBC 5 Chicago.
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People walk along the lakefront with part of Chicago's skyline visible in the background on Jan. 30, 2019, amid the city's brutal, historic cold snap.
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Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan before sunrise in Chicago, Jan. 30, 2019.
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Ice covers the Chicago River on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago.
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A man photographs Lake Michigan and the skyline as temperatures dropped to -20 degrees on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago.
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Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan before sunrise, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago.
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A person walks along the lakeshore, Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago.
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Chicago's lakefront is covered with ice on Jan. 30, 2019.
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