McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Chicago (July, 2011)

Although I've been to Chicago probably a dozen times I've also thought just like everyone else--the Chicago River is big, divides The Loop from River North, flows into Lake Michigan and is probably pretty nasty.  Wow, I couldn't be more wrong.  AND, it has a great story too!

While waiting for the Architecture Boat Tour I learned from a plaque that they reversed the flow of the Chicago River in 1900.  Huh?   How did they do that??  The tour provided a few bits of info but with my geography training I still had a lot of questions.

One other thing you notice about the Chicago River is that they sure did build a lot of really cool bridges to get across it at all points around the city.  The one you see here is Lake Shore Drive.