June 21, 2012 |
She sleeps on the boat. Even in a storm, even at a port, her bed rests inside a 6-foot long air- and watertight sleeping cabin. And it's not really a bed. Just a thin mattress pressed between walls with enough room to stretch her legs, and a seat belt used to keep her buckled in. When you lay in the boat, you think for a moment, "This isn't so bad. " Then you remember the boat is docked in a harbor in Chicago on Lake Michigan on a beautiful day...
March 5, 2014 |
Red Bull athlete Louie Vito competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics ; he's an X Games medalist and an ESPN co-host. And he was in Chicago just a few weeks ago to take advantage of the snowy weather. (Hey, at least someone has found a positive side to it.) Along with snowboard photographer Dave Lehl, Vito came to Chicago specifically to take a perfect photo snowboarding on Lake Michigan with the skyline as the backdrop. The shot was taken Feb. 13. “We wanted to get a unique, cool shot,” said Vito, 25. “There aren't a lot...
July 9, 2013 |
Ben Skoda hadn't biked more than 10 miles at a time before the summer of 2010. The only reason he owned a bike in the first place was because he decided to buy one with his $600 winnings from his faculty's “Biggest Loser”-esque contest. He was on a health kick, so why not? The Ukrainian Village resident never imagined he'd be perched on that very bike's seat for seven weeks, pedaling more than 5,000 miles from Seattle to New York City with a Christian fundraising organization called Venture Expeditions.
November 27, 2013 |
Lake Michigan or some sort of exotic underwater locale? This video from Shedd Aquarium Great Lakes researchers Solomon David and Phil Willink will make you wonder. Posted to YouTube four days ago, the 2-minute video takes you under the waters of the lake just outside one of the city's harbors to reveal a school of fish called American gizzard shad dancing beneath the waves. “Just another example of some of the cool fishes hanging out right outside the office (in Chicago)!” reads David's post.
February 20, 2012 |
Rex Flodstrom wants everyone to enjoy the freedom to surf Chicago's beaches, even in the middle of winter. The 40-year-old was arrested last month at Oak Street Beach for, among other misdemeanors, surfing on a closed beach. Although the charges were dropped in lieu of community service, Flodstrom said he's happy the ordeal has given him a chance to spread his message about how giving Chicagoans greater access to the lake could make an impact. "I feel the more people that are free to access the lake, the more people...
July 18, 2013 |
There's nothing creepier than plunging into deep, murky waters and bumping into something mysterious. Yes, the 20 swimmers attempting to swim across Lake Michigan on Friday will have to muster up some courage. But David McClellan knows that won't be a problem. Swim Across America, a national nonprofit focused on raising money for cancer research, is launching its first Swim Across Lake Michigan fundraising event. “These people want to make a difference,” said McClellan, SAA's Chicago event co-chair.