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Chicago Harbor Lighthouse (1893). Active lighthouse near Navy Pier played a significant role in the social and economic development of Chicago and the U.S. Midwest.

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse (1893), Chicago, Illinois, 2017.

Known as the “Chicago Light,” the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse is an active automated lighthouse dating from 1893.

About one-half mile beyond Navy Pier, the lighthouse stands at the north of the main entrance of the Chicago Harbor in Lake Michigan. The lighthouse has had a significant role in the development of Chicago and the American Midwest and remains an active aid to nautical navigation today.

For more than a century, the U.S. Coast Guard has staffed this lighthouse at the breakwater outside the Chicago Harbor Lock. The lock separates Lake Michigan from the mouth of the Chicago River.

The lock was built in the mid-1930’s and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lock is one of the entrances into the Illinois Waterway system at the Great Lakes. The waterway system is a commercial and recreational shipping connection to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

The “Chicago Light” is at that waterway system’s headwaters as it stands in the outer harbor constructed in 1880. 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.

Through its breakwaters, the main entrance into Chicago Harbor is 580 feet wide. The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse was designated a Chicago Landmark on April 9, 2003. It is the only surviving lighthouse in Chicago and one of two remaining examples in the state of Illinois.

Mouth of the Chicago River at Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

About one mile ahead, the Chicago Harbor Lock, built in the 1930’s, provides the entrance/exit of the Illinois Waterway system at the Great Lakes. The waterway system is a commercial and recreational shipping connection from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

PHOTO Credits:

Chicago Light–by John P. Walsh.

Chicago River —“chicago river.” by alyssaBLACK. is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


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.

Street Photography I. (56 Photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh

Chicago, Wabash Avenue. 6/2014
Chicago. 7/2016 45%
Chicago (South Chicago). 6/2018
Chicago (Near West Side). 6/2018
Chicago. 6/2018
Chinatown (Chicago), 2018.
Chicago (Chinatown). 2018.
Chicago (Chinatown). 9//2014
Double Vision.
Chicago (Gold Coast). 8/2017
All the World's a Stage (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), June 9, 2018.
Milwaukee (Avenues West), WI. 6/2018
Chicago. Congress & Wabash. 2015
Chicago. 2015
Chicago. State Street. 7/2015
Chicago, Adams & Wabash. 2014
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
Milwaukee, WI. 6/2016
Chicago. 7/2016
Chicago. 5/2016
Chicago. State Street, 2016
Chicago. Millennium Park. 2016
Chicago. LaSalle & Adams. 5/2014
Chicago. Lincoln Park. 8/2015
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
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Chicago. Bridgeport. 10/2016
Chicago. 2015
Chicago. 6/2018
Chicago. Goose Island. 8/2016
Oakbrook, IL. 6/2019
Chicago. 9/2013
Chicago. Civic Opera House. 5/2014
Chicago. Buckingham Fountain. 8/2015
Chicago, State & Washington. 7/2015
Chicago. Symphony Center. 10/2014
Chicago. West Town. 6/2018
Chicago. Margie’s Candies, 1960 N. Western Avenue (Bucktown). 2017
Chicago. River North. 2/2018
Chicago. Millennium Park, 12/2017
Chicago. 418 S. Wabash. 9/2015
Chicago. Lincoln Park. 8/2017
Chicago. Lincoln Park. 8/2015
Chicago. Madison & Wabash. 2/2018
Chicago. Streeterville. 9/2016
Chicago. Rehearsal. 10/2015
Chicago. So. 16th Street & W. Kedzie Avenue (Douglas Park). Flea Market. 8/2016

William C. “Bill” Henry (1935-1992) for which this portion of 16th Street is named, was a 24th Ward Chicago alderman. Ald. Henry put together the coalition of Black and white aldermen to elect Eugene Sawyer (1934-2008) as mayor of the City of Chicago following the sudden death of Harold Washington (1922-1987), the first black mayor elected in Chicago.

Responding to accusations of deal cutting, Ald. Henry declared during the debate in the City Council chamber: “Deals? We was all making deals!” Henry’s constituents voted their alderman out of office for helping Sawyer in preference to Tim Evans, the reform candidate. Ald. Henry passed away from cancer in 1992 at 56 years old. In 2021 Timothy C. Evans is the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

see- http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ABOUT-THE-COURT/Office-of-the-Chief-Judge – retrieved June 3, 2021; https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/10/15/new-podcast-the-city-brings-back-memories-of-alderman-bill-henry-and-dealmaking-in-chicago – retrieved June 3, 2021.

Chicago. Little India/West Ridge. 6/2013
Chicago. Navy Pier. 9/2013