View of the Chicago River at sunrise. To the left is the Chicago Tribune Building with the colorful lights on top and to the right of the river is the new St. Regis hotel. At 101 stories, the Super Skyscraper is the third tallest in Chicago. In the early morning you can watch the dark buildings lightup floor by floor.
In the background is Lake Michigan and unseen is the Navy Pier. Even on cold days, the sightseeing boats cruise the river and the Riverwalk is always busy.
The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles that runs through the city of Chicago, including its center (the Chicago Loop). Though not especially long, the river is notable because it is one of the reasons for Chicago’s geographic importance: the related Chicago Portage is a link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.
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