The Chicago River runs through the city and, boy, it defines our lives

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

The river is lovely, even in winter, choked as it has been by ice in dazzling shapes. Some Tribune photographers, and those of more modest talents, have peered from the bridges above the river and captured images that in their beauty reaffirm the river’s place in our lives while also reminding us how often we take this waterway for granted.

“I did not appreciate the degree to which Chicago created the river just as surely as the river was the genesis for Chicago,” writes Libby Hill in her book, “The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History” (Southern Illinois University Press).

That was a long time ago and it is now safe to say that there are few people alive who know, appreciate and value the river more than does Hill and it is a delight to read what she writes about it in the revised edition of her much-acclaimed book.

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