Cruising the Chicago River

Dusable Bridge
The Dusable Bridge, built in 1920 and named after the founder of Chicago Jean-Batiste Pointe DuSable.
Marina City
Marina City
Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower, home of the once excellent newspaper. It was purchased this year by Alden Capital, a hedge fund that started cutting staff two days after closing the purchase.
Kayakers on the Chicago River
The kayak cruise
Merchandise Mart
Merchandise Mart
Dave Mathews Bridge
Dave Mathews Bridge. It was 2004 when the Dave Mathews tour bus was headed over this bridge and the driver decided he would unload the bus septic tank into the Chicago River. That alone would have been bad enough, but it turns out he dropped some 800 pounds of human waste onto a tour boat much like the one I’m taking this picture from.
The El.
The El.
Lyric Opera Bridge
Lyric Opera Bridge, behind which is the Chicago Lyric Opera House
River City
River City. Built by the same architect, Bertrand Goldberg, as Marina City
Ping Tom Memorial Park
Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chinatown. Named after Ping Tom, a Chinatown civic leader who was instrumental in acquiring the land and developing plans for the park. He passed away before it was completed.
Ping Tom Memorial Park murals
Ping Tom Memorial Park murals
Lift bridge
A lift bridge!!!
Chicago River map
A map of the river is etched onto this building. The dot you see is a “you are here” marker.
St. Regis Chicago
The tallest building in the photo is the St. Regis Chicago. Designed by architect Jeanne Gang, it is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman.
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9 Responses to Cruising the Chicago River

  1. Morning, Ken. You definitely get around. Keep on truckin’!

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  2. sportsdiva64 says:

    This is the Chicago that they don’t talk about. Chicago is a beautiful city and these pictures prove it. Hope you had a good time there. Did you get to go to a Cubs or White Sox game?

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  3. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Ken,
    nicely photographed 👍
    Chicago seems to be a beautiful city.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. I read an interesting article about the problems Chicago has with drainage. At one point, in the 19th century, large portions of the central city was raised to allow drains, before this the inhabitants died from typhus. Even today, maintaining the system needs constant attention. The Chicago River, level of Lake Michigan, local rainfall all must be taken into account.


  5. Tanya says:

    Beautiful city, would visit one day!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lgopinath says:

    Nice pictures…I had been to chicago but unfortunately missed out on the cruise. Reading this sort of took me back there. Do check my chicago blog too

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