18th Street, near Canal Street, in Chicago is a great place to park and walk along taking pictures. The Metra Railyard, Chicago River and Ping Tom Park, all within a quarter mile of each other. The evening I took this picture I was planning on heading to Navy Pier right after work. Traffic was brutal so I wasn’t sure if I’d make the sunset, and I really wasn’t interested in paying a bunch of money just to park for an hour or so. 18th Street was my “back-up plan,” and after realizing the two aforementioned issues, 18th Street became my “better plan.”
As luck would have it, the bright orange BNSF locomotive was parked with its lights on and engine running. The brightness of the train would help putting some color into an otherwise darker part of the picture.