Photographer Brett Jelinek walks along a frozen Montrose Beach in Chicago

Photo: Isaac Silver

Chicago or Chiberia?

Just days after a massive snowstorm blasted the U.S., everyone across the Midwest and Northeast is hunkering down yet again due to sub-zero temperatures.

Well, not everyone.

Photographer Isaac Silver set out Monday afternoon with a friend, Brett Jelinek (pictured), to document the surreal icescapes of Chicago's Montrose Beach and Lake Michigan. The temperature? Minus 14 with a windchill of 40 below zero.

"It looks like a different planet," Silver said. "There is an iceberg mountain in Lake Michigan!"

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Iceberg in Lake Michigan

Photo: Isaac Silver

Can you spot the iceberg?

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Ducks swim in Lake Michigan

Photo: Isaac Silver

A flock of ducks, seeming unfazed by the weather, swim along an unfrozen portion of Lake Michigan.

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Frozen waves at Montrose Beach

Photo: Isaac Silver

Icicles cling to rocks along the shore of Montrose Beach.

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Steam rises on Lake Michigan in Chicago

Photo: Isaac Silver

The Chicago skyline is silhouetted as steam rises off the lake.

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A very icy Montrose Beach in Chicago

Photo: Isaac Silver

Thick ice and snowy sand cover the beach's concrete pier.

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Frozen waves at Montrose Beach in Chicago

Photo: Isaac Silver

Bizarre ice formations float on the surface of Lake Michigan.

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Photographers Isaac Silver and Brett Jelinek with frozen facial hair

Photo: Isaac Silver

After just a couple of hours of exploring the frozen beach landscape, the brave photographers head home.

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Sunrise along a frozen Montrose Beach

Photo: Isaac Silver

... Only to return the very next morning to capture the sunrise!

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People walk along a frozen Montrose Beach

Photo: Isaac Silver

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Sunrise on frozen Montrose Beach

Photo: Isaac Silver

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.