Business took me to Chicago to evaluate a software system. When our group wasn’t nose deep in computers we had a little fun in a way I could never have imagined. First we caught a Blackhawks Hockey game and then we were hosted on two different Chicago Police Department Marine units who took us for a float down the Chicago River.
We met near Columbia Yacht Club just south of Navy Pier north of Millennium Park where we drove down an icy dock paralleling frozen slips. We slid down an icy gang plank to the boats as if there was nothing at all unusual about navigating frozen waters in sub-zero temperatures.
Chicago is a beautiful city with amazing architecture. There is no better way to see it than from either Lake Michigan or from the Chicago River. Chicago has improved the river walk since the last few times I have been there which is also a nice way to see the water. We were fortunate enough to sail up river at sunset and down river in the evening so we could see all of the steel bridges and lit buildings.
The officers who took us on a tour were knowledgeable and hilarious and just an all around bunch of fun. Naturally, my ship Captain saw some sort of nautical intelligence in my eyes and turned over the helm to me. So, yes I drove a police boat down the Chicago River! Don’t ask me how that happened. It just did and it is right up there as one of the coolest things I have done in a very long time.
Despite the frigid temperatures I did manage to step out of the cabin to snap a few photos I hope you will enjoy.
To read more about my last trip to Chicago in July 2015 please click here!