Monday, March 14, 2011


Every year, Chicago dyes its river green, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. [Or, as someone cleverly dubbed it - in honor of the "chi-rish."

I've never been able to see it because I either a) have lived in the suburbs b) was out in the suburbs working at Naper Settlement or c) was out in the suburbs volunteering at Naper Settlement. 

But now I work right next to it!

It's still green on Monday.

Ironically, it doesn't look THAT much different than its regular, green, polluted color.

But, who wants to talk about that?

Plus, here's the cool backstory for why the Chicago River is dyed green every year, starting in 1962. The idea was born after local plumbers discovered that a dye used to detect leaks actually turned the river green - this perfect "shamrock" green.

It wasn't really the shamrock shake "dumped" into the river by McDonald's:

Photo via Leo Burnett.

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