Chicago is a sprawling metropolis rich in cultural history that has birthed a plethora of artists, thinkers, activists and political leaders–namedropping is not necessary. What most don’t know about America’s “Second City” is that Chicago plays home to an abundance of architectural wonders that adorn the cityscape.

Photographer, Mike Meyers has created a series of environmental images of the city that evoke a sense of despair and wonderment with each shot. Whether it’s a snow-covered Loop train cutting between skyscrapers, the cotton candy-esque clouds encircling high-rises, or an ice-covered Lake Michigan leading up to the city’s shoreline, it’s clear that Meyers has a keen understanding of the cornucopia of energies that Chicago exudes. Hit his site here to see his lucid images of the Windy City.