Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh
Lake Michigan, 2019.
Jenner, CA, 1987.
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, 2015.
Dog Beach, Chicago, 2014.
Lake Geneva, May 2017.
Wheaton, Illinois, 2016.
dog beach, Chicago, 2014.
Chicago Harbor Lighthouse (1893) , Chicago, Illinois, 2017.
Known as the “Chicago Light,” the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse is an active automated lighthouse. About a half mile past the end of Navy Pier, the lighthouse stands to the north of the main entrance of the Chicago Harbor in Lake Michigan. This lighthouse played a significant role in the development of Chicago and remains an active aid to nautical navigation. For over a century the U.S. Coast Guard staffed this lighthouse at the breakwater outside the Chicago Harbor Lock. The lock separates Lake Michigan from the mouth of the Chicago River. Built in the mid-1930’s, the lock is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and serves as one of the two entrances into the Illinois Waterway system at the Great Lakes. By way of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, that waterway system provides a commercial and recreational shipping connection all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The Chicago Light begins and ends that waterway as it stands in the outer harbor constructed in 1880. Through the breakwaters, the main entrance into Chicago Harbor is 580 feet wide. The Chicago Light’s conical tower dates from 1893. Twenty-five years later, in 1918, the tower was reconstructed and the base building which contains a fog-signal room and boathouse was added. The architects are not identified. The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse was designated a Chicago Landmark on April 9, 2003. It is the only surviving lighthouse in Chicago and one of only two remaining examples in Illinois.
SOURCES: The Chicago River: an illustrated history and guide to the river and its waterways, David M. Solzman, Wild Onion Books, Chicago, 1998, pp.126-128.
Chicago Landmarks Map [Brochure], City of Chicago, 2006.
https://web.archive.org/web/20070410173708/http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/C/ChicagoHarborLighthouse.html – retrieved December 2, 2017.
Lake Michigan, Chicago, September 2013.
Prairie burn, Streamwood, Illinois, 2016.