Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chicago: Day 2

Ohboy, when I went downtown today, I had no idea what was in store. I got a bit of an inkling when I got on the train and 90% of the people were dressed in Kelly green. Then within 5 stops, the train was packed like sardines. Apparently, the city celebrates St. Patrick’s day the Saturday before if the 17th falls on, say a Monday.
Well, since I didn’t plan on attending any St. Pat’s parades or drinking green beer since 6am, I kept my schedule as planned.

I went to the top of the Hancock Building, on the 94th floor, where I had amazing views of Chicago.

Here’s the Chicago skyline, looking south from the Hancock building. The top of the Sears Tower is covered by the fog. By the way, it was 28 degrees and windy. You may notice that bit of green at the bottom left. I’ll get to that in a little bit.

This is Lake Shore Drive. North of the tower.

Here’s a view of Navy Pier. Looked so appealing, I decided to walk there.

It was a long walk. I was tired. I was cold. I took just a few photos.

But getting this view was worth the walk to Navy Pier. Notice the color of the water. That’s the color the river normally is. Remember this color when you see the river in a few more pics.

The Chicago Tribune tower. Love the neo-gothic architecture.

The Wrigley Building. Like Wrigley's chewing gum? Well, this is their building. Nice, huh?
Ok, now let me get to the main event of the day.

The green Chicago River.

It’s been a tradition to dye the river green for St. Patrick’s day for the past 40+ years.

It’s sponsored by the Plumbers Union, Local 130, not the city of Chicago.

Why? I donno. Because they can, I suppose.

They use a Plumber’s dye that’s used to detect leaks.

And it’s a big hit.

The ducks don’t seem to mind.

There were a ton of people there, enjoying the festivities and views. And probably the green beer more than anything.


Anonymous said...

Holy Moly I had no idea they did that. I wonder how they get it back to it's normal color? Strange. The pics you took were spectacular as usual. I love seeing city skylines.
Now go get looked very, very cold!

rosemary said...

you are quite the adventurer...keep having fun!

zann said...

Do you suppose it dyes the ducks feet? I mean kind of like swimming in food coloring isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Um.... EWE?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh my that was a very interesting trip you took me on, i have never heard of them coloring it, that is amazing, i wonder how much stuff that takes to make it that green, that is fantastic..

Ragged Around the Edges said...

What a cool way to celebrate St. Pat's Day. . . lovely photographs as always.