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  • Chicago RiverPro 2014
    Steve Hunter
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    4 Feb 07, 2014

    Great place to go for a stroll amid all the big buildings. I took some great pictures of the reflections on buildings off the water and onto other buildings.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Nov 05, 2013

    The river is a great way to explore the city. The best way to see it is with an architectural boat tour -- one of the highlights of a visit to Chicago. The river takes center stage during St. Patrick's Day when it "turns" green in honor of the Irish community.

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    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    4 May 27, 2014

    Beautiful river that cuts through the center of downtown and they have a ton of river and boat tours available to see the city by water. They even dye this river green on st partricks day every year!

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    Nally
    4 Jun 13, 2014
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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Feb 04, 2013

    Winding through the city and one of the reasons Chicago has grown through history. Best experienced on a boat tour, on Saint Patrick's Day (when it is dyed green), and over one of the many bridges.

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    Nina Kindred
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    5 Jun 26, 2014

    My favorite waterway in all the Midwest. Yes, I've seen the Mississippi. There's a little park by the State Street Bridge where I used to go and sit and watch the world go by. It was great.

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  • Chicago River
    Kristen Pieszko
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    5 May 23, 2013

    The best way to see the city, especially the architecture is from the river. Take an architecture tour or even go kayaking!

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    Michael Vaughan
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    4 Feb 07, 2014
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    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Nov 25, 2012

    A part of the city that outsiders don't often think about, the Chicago River is one of the sites that make the city so unique. Unfortunately, I can't say as much about the restaurants that line the river - great views, mediocre food. Hopefully I will eventually find an exception.

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  • Chicago RiverPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    3 Sep 04, 2012

    Take a kayak tour or an architectural tour boat ride.

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    JJ
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    3 Mar 18, 2014

    Before Chicago became the great city it now is the river flowed into Lake Michigan, now with Channel Locks being installed the river actually flows the opposite direction. Now its those same locks that are attempting to hold back the Asian Carp that would devastate the fish in Lake Michigan if they made there way in.

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    Hannah Stella
    4 Mar 27, 2013

    Great views of the river from the magnificent mile. If only i had been here on st pattys day when they dye it green!!
    It was too cold to take a tour, but definitely doing it next time!

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    Lisa Lubin
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Wonderful thoroughfare cutting right through the heart of the city. Take a boat tour for sure for a great vantage point and info on all our great architecture.

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    Arit NC
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    If you're here on St. Patrick's Day, you'll be able to see them dye the river green. Otherwise, it's just nice little divider in the middle of downtown. You can walk along the river and there are also several restaurants with views of the river that a really nice.

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    Lorrie M
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I can't believe that Chicago has such a distinguishing feature in the city itself that adds so much flare to the city's culture like a river. The Bay Area doesn't have a river ... and even if it did, it probably wouldn't be as cool as this Y-shaped stream snaking through the heart of Chicago in between the ginormously tall buildings of downtown Chicago. I love that there are side walk cafes and beautifully appointed architecture adorning the side of the river.

    The architectural cruise is definitely a must take to take in all that the river has to offer. The river goes out into Michigan Lake on one side and you have an amazing view of Navy Pier from the end of the river where the Spiral has supposedly sprung (perhaps I'm wrong, haven't been there in 2 years!).

    The Chicago river is truly one of a kind and it's a must see if you're in Chicago.

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    Brittany Hanson
    5 Apr 12, 2013

    Best place to come for st Patrick's day!

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    Rockeden
    3 Jan 27, 2013

    Très beau mais vraiment trop froid ce jour là pour rester plus de temps.

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  • Chicago RiverPro 2014
    Shaina Rose
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    4 Jan 22, 2013

    I really love when they dye the river green for St. Patrick's day!

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    Daisy Zhou
    5 Jan 03, 2013

    This is what I overlook from my bedroom...Awesome!

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    Sarah Kelley
    5 Dec 04, 2012

    Wonderful views!

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The Chicago River is one of the nicest features of the city and skyline of Chicago. From any vantage point in the city you can find a beautiful patch of river to walk next to and enjoy the view while you stroll through the city. The Chicago River runs throughout the entire city of Chicago and adds a unique quality not found in any of the other major cities of the world. Some of the best views of ... read more
the city's architecture and skyline can be had by taking a river cruise at night so make sure you take the time to experience Chicago from the river.

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