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A river of green

A river of green

Figure 1. A crowd of people watching the river dyeing. This was actually the least crowded area, but then again, it was the farthest from the dyeing process.

Figure 1. A crowd of people watching the river dyeing. This was actually the least crowded area, but then again, it was the farthest from the dyeing process.

In Chicago, it is tradition to dye the river green the day before St. Patrick's Day, but the running joke is that the river is already green... Of all these years living in Chicago, I had never seen it as a shade of Crayola green. So yesterday, I decided to take a stroll outside only to find a monstrous crowd waiting in the cold and painful drizzle along the river (Figure 1), blocking my view of the dyeing process.

So today, on a beautiful, sunny St. Patrick's Day, I went outside to take a better look at the bright river (Figure 2).

Figure 2a. Chicago River dyed green!

Figure 2a. Chicago River dyed green!

Figure 2b. When looking west, it was still a bit cloudy, but the Trump was glimmering over the river

Figure 2b. When looking west, it was still a bit cloudy, but the Trump was glimmering over the river

Figure 2c. I captured the river in just the right light - it was as green as a leprechaun!

Figure 2c. I captured the river in just the right light - it was as green as a leprechaun!

Figure 2d. I normally take photos looking west because the Trump is there, but it was just gorgeous looking west from the Michigan Ave. bridge today.

Figure 2d. I normally take photos looking west because the Trump is there, but it was just gorgeous looking west from the Michigan Ave. bridge today.

But aside from the river, there wasn't much green.  In fact, I saw fewer people wearing green on St. Patrick's Day than the day before!  But at least the Intercontinental Hotel and the Wrigley Building were still celebrating with some green (Figure 3).

Figure 3. The green-lit domes are the Intercontinental Hotel and the Wrigley Building.

Figure 3. The green-lit domes are the Intercontinental Hotel and the Wrigley Building.

Tip: If you want a good view of the river dyeing next year, get out there early and stake out a prime spot between Wabash and Columbus along the Riverwalk.  Otherwise, wait till the next day to get a better, non-crowded look at the green river!

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