Chicago Riverwalk

dsc08554(Chicago, Illinois) Mayor Richard J. Daley, or Richard the First, dreamed of the day when Chicagoans would drop lines into he Chicago River and actually catch a healthy fish or two.  Well, that day seems to have come, as anyone who walked the recently expanded Chicago Riverwalk could plainly see.  Yes, the open, pedestrian waterfront on the south bank of the Chicago River now extends from Lake Shore Drive on the east all the way to Franklin Street on the west, and, yes, yours truly did see more than a few folks fishing the mighty Chicago River.  They weren’t catching anything as I passed by, but they probably had the wrong bait.  But the point quite simply is that Richard the First was truly a visionary with respect to the Chicago River becoming the city’s second lakefront. Well, Your Honor, it be a happenin’, and I wish you could have been with me last Saturday when I walked from Franklin Street to Lake Shore Drive on the Chicago Riverwalk and grooved on all the groovy people having a groovy time on the Chicago Riverwalk.

The view from the west end of the Chicago Riverwalk. That's the Merchandise Mart on the background, in case you were wondering.

The view from the west end of the Chicago Riverwalk. That’s the Merchandise Mart in the background, in case you were wondering. Joe “Bootlegger” Kennedy bought it for a song during the Depression.

Seeing a wetter side of Chicago on the Chicago Riverwalk.

Seeing a wetter side of Chicago on the Chicago Riverwalk.

Folks just like to have fun on the Chicago Riverwalk. Check it out before the Cubs game tonight. Oh, that's right, it's the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since, well, since before I was born, and I am really, really, really old.

Folks just like to have fun on the Chicago Riverwalk. Check it out before the Cubs game tonight. Oh, that’s right, it’s the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since, well, since before I was born, and I am really, really, really old.

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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