Chicago River Around Sunset

I think one of the best kept secrets in Chicago is the Riverwalk, the north and south walkways along the Chicago River. The walk starts at Lake Michigan and works west. I live at the lakefront so am very familiar with this area. I walk my dog there regularly as well as ride my bike.

I shot these to photos right around sunset on a late December afternoon at the end of a bike ride. I love this time as the light is the same as at dawn when the sun is just about to break over the horizon. Electric lights somehow seem charming.

I was standing at the Lake Shore Drive bridge looking west and north for these.

At Christmas time the trees are illuminated.

At Christmas time the trees are illuminated. Don’t you love the reflections in the river?

This shot simply looks farther west along the river.

This shot simply looks farther west along the river. That tall building is the new Trump Tower.

Chi-town is one of the beautiful cities.



Lovely Fall Day for Lakefront Biking

I shot these photos yesterday on what may have been one of the best days of the year for riding a bike. Temp remained in the mid 60s and the wind wasn’t crazy.

This is what it looked like just before sunrise.

It was red in the morning, but no sailor’s warning was needed.

After walking poochie we got out on the bike.

I thought The Riverwalk looked especially inviting.

This frosted treetop is down by the Museum Campus.

In the background you can see the Willis Tower on the left and the Hancock Building on the right.

I retired on October 2 some years ago so this was the final, but one, day of my bicycling year.


The Chicago River First Thing in the Morning

As you can from the timestamp on the photo I shot this at 6:49 a.m. I was walking my dog by the Chicago River. This was in 2008 and I didn’t even own a camera phone at that time. I had brought my digital camera along because the previous morning I had seen a lovely crescent moon above the Wrigley Building and I wanted to photograph that. The bad news is that it wasn’t visible that morning. The good news is that I got this wonderful photo in morning light.

I think there is something so gentle about first morning light like this. It seems the day hasn’t fully awakened.


The Chicago River Water Cannon

In 1885, a cholera and typhoid epidemic killed thousands when sewage was washed into Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for the city. By 1890 the Chicago Sanitary District succeeded in reversing the flow of the Chicago River to divert sewage away from Lake Michigan. The Chicago River System is more than 150 miles long and has one island.

There is a beautiful river walk on both sides of the river. About 200 yards west of the entrance to Lake Michigan sets the Water Cannon. Every hour on the hour it shoots a spectacular flow of water across the river for 10 minutes.


If you stand in exactly the right place, with exactly enough wind and the sun is at the correct angle – you may see a rainbow.

It is a thrilling sight for tourists and residents (at least this resident) alike.

I live within a half mile of this place and walk my dog there and ride my bike there almost every day.