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Chicago River, Chicago
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The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of that runs through the city of Chicago, including its center (the Chicago Loop). Though not especially long, the river is notable for being a reason why Chicago became an important location, with the related Chicago Portage being a link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley waterways and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.The River is also noteworthy for its natural and man-made history. In 1887, the Illinois General Assembly, partly in response to concerns arising out of an extreme weather event in 1885 that threatened the city's water supply, decided to reverse the flow of the Chicago River through civil engineering by taking water from Lake Michigan and discharging it into the Mississippi River watershed. In 1889, the Illinois General Assembly created the Chicago Sanitary District (now The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District) to replace the Illinois-Michigan Canal, which had become inadequate to carry the city's increasing sewage and commercial navigation needs, with the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, a much larger waterway. The District completed this man-made hydrologic connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi watershed in 1900 by reversing the flow of the Main Stem and South Branch of the river using a series of canal locks, and increasing the river's flow from Lake Michigan, causing it to empty into the new Canal. In 1999, this system was named a 'Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium' by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
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  • Enjoy the educated tour of the architecture of Chicago and Lake Michigan on the Seadawg. Speed boat tour that takes you out on Lake Michigan and tours the Chicago River. 
  • You can buy your tickets in the same place or on the outside, it worth this journey by the River, give you any explanation from the great fire and the architecture of the buildings. The cruise is comfortable but it is not desirable if it rains. You can do early and have the clarity of the view or in the afternoon to see the lights of the buildings, until you see them among the clouds if it is cold weather. You can enjoy drinks inside while you enjoy the ride.
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  • I really enjoy walking along this riverwalk which links the downtown with the lakeshore. Its safe, clean and full of stunning views of Chicago, best of all its free. Public bathrooms are few and far b...  more »