Chicago From The Water: Even Better On A Boat

If you've read my blog at all, you know I'm more than a little enamored of the view we have from our perch 300 feet above Lake Michigan and about four miles from the downtown skyline. But even I have to admit that there is no perspective on Chicago's unique beauty than the one you get from a boat cruising on the Chicago River or the lake.

That's not something I get to do often, given that I'm not exactly of the yachting class. But last night was the annual cruise for the Michigan State University Alumni Club of Metro Chicago, aka Chicago Spartans, in which I participated for the second consecutive year. The weather couldn't have been much more beautiful or conducive to taking photos, which I did a lot. My picks of the best follow.

To save complication, the pix are in chronological order... except for the first, a picture of the half-moon shining over the lake and some of the South Side towers. This may come as close as I get to the art of photography, so I decided to let it jump the line.

Enjoy the travelogue...

Chicago From A Boat I

The famed Wrigley Building at dusk...

Chicago From A Boat II

The Wrigley Building and Trump Tower, a building as big as its namesake's ego...

Chicago From A Boat III

Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building, at a distance...

Chicago From A Boat IV

Willis Tower, up close...

Chicago From A Boat V

Evening riverscape, part I...

Chicago From A Boat VI

The Merchandise Mart, all lit up...

Chicago From A Boat VII

Evening riverscape, part II...

Chicago From A Boat VIII

The Wrigley and Chicago Tribune buildings, from the west...

Chicago From A Boat IX

... and from the east...

Chicago From A Boat X

A hourly water show, near the mouth of the Chicago River...

Chicago From A Boat XI

The South Side skyline from the lake...

Chicago From A Boat XII

The skyline, with Navy Pier in the foreground...

Chicago From A Boat XIII

Skyline with Trump Tower....

Chicago From A Boat XIV

Skyline with the John Hancock Tower and the Lindbergh Beacon atop the historic Palmolive Building...

Chicago From A Boat XV

More Navy Pier...

Chicago From A Boat XVI

The pier and the Hancock...

Chicago From A Boat XVII

Skyline from the Chicago River locks...

Chicago From A Boat XVIII

The Sparty boat heads home...

Chicago From A Boat XIX

One more look at the Wrigley and Trump buildings...

Chicago From A Boat XX

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