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Chicago outdoors: Chicago River, Chicago Lock to Wilmette

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Click here for today's column, the words of a unique boat ride on the Chicago waterways; inside here is the journey in photos.

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We launched out of 31st and entered through the Chicago Lock (above).

Here's a bit of a sampling of the rest of the trip.

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Some of the downtown area has sharp reminders of its industrial past (and present). I forgot how much

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One of the best fishing spots is at the confluence, where the North Branch flows over a dam and joins the North Shore Channel.

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Then into the wildness within the urban area, the quiet removal of the North Shore Channel. What a sharp contrast to the downtown stretches of the waterway.

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Though there are plenty of reminders of the modern world, even if they have an illegal beauty to them.

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In Wilmette, at the end, there is the international beauty of the Baha'i Temple.

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[REWRITTEN} We couldn't make it all the way to the sluice gates--they were working on them--that connect to Lake Michigan in Wilmette. But that is not a lock at any rate.

That's a taste of a wonderful morning and early afternoon of exploring.

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