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Old 06-03-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wow, I didn't even know Chicago had beaches. I tought just cities on the east coast like NYC, NJ, ATL, MIA etc....and cities like the ones in California...and others sorrounding by ocean like NO....but the midwest is inland. So what ocean are the Chi's waters from?

Really curious.
Id be led to believe the Atlantic, naturally. If Im wrong, someone correct me.

Some pics of Chicago-area beaches:
http://www.medschool.northwestern.edu/bin/f/f/beach1.jpg (broken link)

http://itsaboutadventure.files.wordp...-beach-022.jpg

http://www.horschgallery.com/admin/u...es--framed.jpg

http://community.iexplore.com/photos/journal_photos/evanston_beach_dunes_resize_two.jpg (broken link)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...rson/lake4.jpg
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Id be led to believe the Atlantic, naturally. If Im wrong, someone correct me.

Some pics of Chicago-area beaches:
http://www.medschool.northwestern.edu/bin/f/f/beach1.jpg (broken link)

http://itsaboutadventure.files.wordp...-beach-022.jpg

http://www.horschgallery.com/admin/u...es--framed.jpg

http://community.iexplore.com/photos/journal_photos/evanston_beach_dunes_resize_two.jpg (broken link)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...rson/lake4.jpg

Its because of the glaciers that made the great lakes during the last ice age. They are all connected(great lakes), all the way east to the st. Laurence seaway, which spills out to the Atlantic, so, yes, literally, Lake Michigan IS connected to the Atlantic, but VIA lake Huron, Erie, and Ontario, on to the SL Seaway. Large grain freighters come in through the seaway all the way through the GL's to Chicago, so it is navigable the whole way too. In other words, with a proper boat, you could head directly to the Atlantic Ocean through and from Chicago. Bizarre but true. Chicago is also considered a port of entry for that reason, and is one of the few not on the west or east coast.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Id be led to believe the Atlantic, naturally. If Im wrong, someone correct me.

Some pics of Chicago-area beaches:
http://www.medschool.northwestern.edu/bin/f/f/beach1.jpg (broken link)

http://itsaboutadventure.files.wordp...-beach-022.jpg

http://www.horschgallery.com/admin/u...es--framed.jpg

http://community.iexplore.com/photos/journal_photos/evanston_beach_dunes_resize_two.jpg (broken link)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...rson/lake4.jpg

WOAH...great pics. The beaches look really nice. And palm trees in the Chi....wow im impressed.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Yeah, there are 33 beaches in the city of Chicago, and they're actually pretty clean. People are use to midwestern lakes and rivers that are dirty, but you can easily see your feet and quite a ways down in Lake Michigan. It doesn't see much runoff compared to how much water it holds. Especially around Chicago where nothing is allowed to be put into lake michigan. All the water taken from it is put out towards the mississippi river to keep the lake clean.




























all from flickr
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Yeah, there are 33 beaches in the city of Chicago, and they're actually pretty clean. People are use to midwestern lakes and rivers that are dirty, but you can easily see your feet and quite a ways down in Lake Michigan.
Great pictures.

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WOAH...great pics. The beaches look really nice. And palm trees in the Chi....wow im impressed.
Los Angeles imports palm trees for their city. Not all are native.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Nice shots, man!
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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WOAH...great pics. The beaches look really nice. And palm trees in the Chi....wow im impressed.
Those palm trees are fake, and in just one spot on Ohio beach, more as a joke than anything, outside of a tiki bar...pretty cute though!
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Those palm trees are fake, and in just one spot on Ohio beach, more as a joke than anything, outside of a tiki bar...pretty cute though!
Theyre not fake, simply seasonal. Notice the dead branches on a few of them?
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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Theyre not fake, simply seasonal. Notice the dead branches on a few of them?
Some are, some aren't........I would imagine the transplants have a pistol of a time surviving, being uprooted and in a foreign, northern clime.....that may be why you only see 2-3 of them in the picture.....again, just a cute gimmick....though nice to see while sipping a pina colada on Ohio beach....
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Some are, some aren't........I would imagine the transplants have a pistol of a time surviving, being uprooted and in a foreign, northern clime.....that may be why you only see 2-3 of them in the picture.....again, just a cute gimmick....though nice to see while sipping a pina colada on Ohio beach....
They can survive spring, summer and early fall here, no problems whatsoever. Theyre planted in planters, not in the beach directly, so moving them around is easy and safe for the tree. They put out mini-palms at some western suburb shopping centers, but nothing big like shown in the pictures in Chicago.
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