A river of green
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).
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).
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!