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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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  • Nice promenade along the shore of the River, watching several iconic buildings in this city. We must not let down and pass under the bridges
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  • I was staying in hotel located in the bank of river. The landscape is designed in way that the river looks so beautiful in the evening. The river is clean and providing access to small boats. It was w...  more »
  • went to a river tour and was impressed by the y-shape rivers at night. recommend to everyone who come to chicago  more »
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  • Went on Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Boat Tour. It was an awesome perspective of the city and tour guide was super knowledgeable. He even started playing blues music on a harmonica at the end of the cruise.
  • It's beautiful on the river! Its so full of life down there. There are a lot of hidden gems like an ice cream stand, bags, & Bocce ball courts. Definitely take a stroll.
  • It's a chilly Saturday morning here. Frigid arctic air has returned, currently we are -13, but when you are a chicagoan...aint no stoping us!! Bundle up! #frozenchicago #frozenchicagoriver #chicagogram #chicagoriverinwinter #chirtica #january2018 #windycity #chicagotoday #articair #citylife #chicagoan #bundleup #saturdaymorning #chicago
  • Iconic bridges hover over this historical river.
  • This river has pure teal color. Amazing.

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