Chicago River: Multiple views from a pontoon

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Click here for today’s column, with multiple photos below, about a trip on a pontoon on the main stem, South Branch and North Branch of the Chicago River with staff from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Let’s begin my looking up Marina Towers, one of the early imposing sights on our late August trip.

The pontoon, you have to read the column to understand that this was not just any old pontoon, was a something; and it is quite something to be standing on the dock of Quay, a fancier restaurant, waiting to board along Ogden Slip.

There are sights that just catch from the South Branch, such as one of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks.

One of the coming changes along the Chicago River will be a balancing act from its multiple users from kayakers to barges to water taxis to pleasure boaters.

One of those views I am quite proud of: the Sun-Times offices as seen from off Wolf Point.

And I think Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA, strikes the perfect pose or repose for sheer enjoyment of the Chicago River in the 21st Century.

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