Slice of Life: Montrose Harbor
Oct01

Slice of Life: Montrose Harbor

Vessels fill Montrose Harbor during warmer months in Chicago.  The harbor can handle more than 700 boats. One of the first things WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling taught me when I moved to Chciago was the word seiche— essentially, a freak wave on a lake, often caused by severe changes in air pressure.  He described it as being similar to the sloshing of water in a bathtub and told the story of the 1954 seiche  that  slammed into...

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Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol
May18

Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is stationed at Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) and patrolling the Chicago lakefront during the NATO...

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Where The Boats Are
Apr07

Where The Boats Are

Lots of cities have specialized seasons.  Seattle has cruise ship season.  Houston has rodeo season.  Chicago has bridge lift season. Bridge lift seasons starts today (April 7, 2012), much to the delight of tourists and frustration of cabbies.  It makes sense for us to publish a photograph of one of Chicago’s movable bridges moving. But that’s just what you’d expect!  So instead, we’re posing this photo of a...

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Slice of Life: The Boiling Seas

When you were a kid did you have that fantasy about a vein of volcanic magma opening up underneath Lake Michigan and the water boils and makes the world’s largest pot of spaghetti?  Yeah, me too. Here we see the comparatively waters of Lake Michigan boiling into the frigid air on a winter’s morn with Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) silhouetted in the...

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Slice of Life: Silent Running

Chicago’s broad skyline and still harbor waters welcome boaters gliding across Lake Michigan on a beautiful...

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Slice of Life: A Walk Along the Lake

Couples stroll along Chicago’s lakefront on a summer’s evening.

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Where the Beach Used To Be

Years ago, Michigan Avenue was merely Pine Street.  Before that, it was a beach and the waters of the Lake Michigan would lap against the shore right about where Water Tower Place is now. Back then Holy Name Cathedral (735 North State Street) was just a chapel in Our Lady of the Lake [Michigan] University.  The college has since moved out to the ‘burbs. A lot has changed along the Lake Michigan shoreline, but...

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Chicago to welcome transients — It’s a good thing

There’s been a lot of talk among the lakefront set lately about the two new harbors the city plans to open.  The one at 31st street seems pretty straightforward.  But unless you live in the South Loop, who wants to dock at 31st Street? The other is more interesting — the new docking area planned south of Navy Pier called Gateway Harbor.  This area outside the Chicago River lock is envisioned as having 350...

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