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Chicago- Tall Ships 2013

My girlfriend and I attended the Tall Ships show at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois yesterday. It was a beautiful day for the show with sunny skies and temps in the mid to upper 70's. We got tickets to sail on the Windy, one of the Chicago based tall ships. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out on Lake Michigan and get some great shots of the city and lake. Enjoy!

Waiting on the 151; Navy Pier in the distance




The Windy


Our Pirate Guide












The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse


Water Intake








Shedd Aquarium


Buckingham Fountain


Sears Tower


The AT&T Corporate Center, The Legacy, and Chase Tower


The Randolph Corridor


Trump Tower


The Wrigley Building


Navy Pier


John Hancock




So many sailboats in the distance
























Ye Olde Tip Box


Inside the end of Navy Pier






































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Old Posted Aug 12, 2013, 8:50 PM
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Thanks for sharing, J_M_Tungsten! Very nice tour.

Navy Pier is a very funny place in Chicago. We enjoyed a great time there. We rode on the big wheel and saw all those tall ships. I would return there tomorrow.

The views of Chicago from Navy Pier and from the lake are spectacular.

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Very nice! I saw them a couple weeks ago in Duluth, MN.
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Such a beautiful day to be out on the lake!
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Looks like a fun way to spend a sunny day. Some great looking ships there, and always appreciate the city shots. This pic kind of tickled me:



Thanks for sharing.
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really brings you back to the days of chicago as a bustling, 18th century port.
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fantastic pics! i've gone to the festival in years past, but i missed it this year. getting a mile or two out in the lake is one of the absolute best ways to take in the totality of the city's skyline. that pano you got of it is spectacular!


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really brings you back to the days of chicago as a bustling, 18th century port.
maybe that was just a typo, but chicago was definitely not a bustling port at any point in the 18th century. by the mid-19th century it had indeed become an exceptionally busy port, but in the 18th century chicago was still a wilderness on the frontier edge with a handful of french canadian fur traders the only non-natives living in the area. ft. dearborn was built by the feds in 1803, and that's when the tiny settlement began to grow ever so slowly. it would remain unincorporated for another 3 decades after that. when the canals and railroads came to chicago by the mid-19th century, that's when chicago began to EXPLODE.
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i was being sarcastic... but affectionately so, as chicago is still a great backdrop for these ships that would never have docked there in their heyday.
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Thanks for the compliments all! Chicago is beautiful from many angles, but there is just something special about being on the lake and looking back towards the city.
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i was being sarcastic... but affectionately so, as chicago is still a great backdrop for these ships that would never have docked there in their heyday.
chicago, in it's lake port heyday, wasn't frequented by the larger square-riggers (not really a great lakes style of sailing ship), but those smaller schooners seen in the pics above are absolutely similar to the type of sailing ships that brought goods to and from chicago by the thousands back in the 19th century.

the chicago river circa 1850:


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