Green Water



As you may remember, I planned on watching the Chicago River be dyed a brilliant green shade of green this weekend. Definitely not the main reason I went to Chicago, but it was something that I wanted to see while there. I wanted to see it so badly that I even went as far as going to the river and looking at the water.

And so did about 25 bazillion people.

Here's where we run into a little snag though – the dying was supposed to take place at 10:45am, before the parade. We got there maybe 20-30 minutes early and managed to squeeze into a decent viewing area. 10:45 came and went, and nothing happened. People (myself included) started seeing lighter green streaks in the water, but that might have just been our imaginations. This definitely wasn't the transformation from "Eeeeeew!" to "Ooooooh!" that I was expecting. So when it got to be about 11:30 we left. Dissappointed, a bit frustrated, we left.

From the pictures I saw later that day, I have to assume that the dying happened at some point between 12 and 2pm.

I bet it was interesting to watch.

Turns out I'm actually a starfish.

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  1. spudart (890 comments) said,

    That's too bad that you missed the dumping of dye. I've never seen it either. I was curious about what time it happened, so i looked up photos on flickr, figuring people would have the metadata uploaded with the photo with the time shot. But what in the world! Nobody uploads that as part of their photos. ugh.

    I did ask on four different photos about the time of the dying.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/withinreason/2335637983/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluemarla/2337048555/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/discopalace/2339853426/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nate_c/2339872164/
    I'll probably delete my comments from these photos once I get an answer from one of them.

    March 17, 2008 @ 5:22 pm


  2. sparx (882 comments) said,

    The Tribune has a time-lapse video of the dying:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/video/?slug=chi-031508green-river-wn

    March 17, 2008 @ 5:29 pm


  3. spudart (890 comments) said,

    what's with this starfish thing at the end of your post? I just saw it now. You are a starfish now?

    March 17, 2008 @ 5:35 pm


  4. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    that's quite disappointing. The City of Chicago knows better.

    March 19, 2008 @ 7:35 am


  5. Kate (183 comments) said,

    that's a bummer you didn't get to see the river dyed green 🙁 maybe next year…

    March 20, 2008 @ 7:51 am


  6. Ken (2 comments) said,

    Sorry to hear that (saw this thread at flickr). But they did start the greening of the river at about 10:45 (ok, maybe 10:50 AM. Here's the river at about the time you left: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenilio/2335317279/ seen between Columbus Drive Bridge and Michigan Ave. Bridge.

    March 20, 2008 @ 11:20 am


  7. sparx (882 comments) said,

    So.. we were just too far down.. along with hundreds of other people. *sigh*

    March 24, 2008 @ 2:36 pm


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