Chicago skyline

On my walk the other day, I went down to the lake by Promontory Point, a nearby tiny peninsula constructed in the mid 1930s and jutting into Lake Michigan. From there one can get what I think is the best view of the city over the lake. It was a windy day and the gusts whipped up waves that crashed against the seawall:

Lake Michigan, Chicago (1)

Here’s an aerial view of the Point; I live just out of the photo, upper center. You can see the cement bike path that runs all the way to Evanston (about 12 miles) along the lake; it’s a great place to rollerblade. To the right is north, and this photo was taken about at the place where a line drawn from the fieldhouse straight to the right intersects the seawall.



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    The peninsula there – looks like a place for Trump to build one of his projects. You know, make America ugly again. Nice picture.

  2. philfinn7
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Concrete, Jerry, concrete. At this point my daughter would say ‘You are sooo pedontic!’ To which I would reply ‘You mean pedantic’. Then she would say ‘There you go again!’ 🙂
    Great view – love Chicago.

    • GBJames
      Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink


    • Dominic
      Posted June 30, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      I know this is a lake but…

      I must go down to the sea again,
      to the lonely sea and the sky;
      I left my shoes and socks there –
      I wonder if they’re dry?
      Spike Milligan

  3. dabertini
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I only hope the good professor wears a helmet when he rollerblades!!

    • Posted June 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Sadly, no. I do wear wrist guards.

      • Posted June 30, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

        At least your wrists won’t be concussed. 🙂

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

        I used to roller blade when I was younger (until I got tired of feeling terrified of the men who constantly harassed me where I went along Lake Ontario) and I didn’t wear a helmet either. I figured I didn’t go fast enough to hurt my head more than I would walking or tripping. I did wear knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards though. I think the wrist guards are the most important as many people break their wrists in a fall.

        I remember though, when I worked at the park I roller bladed at, a girl fell and smashed all her teeth. It was awful and an ambulance had to be called. This is when I decided I’d never go really fast on the trails.

        • rickflick
          Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

          That must be where the term “live and learn” came frum.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

            I like learning from other people’s mistakes better than from my own! 🙂

            • rickflick
              Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

              Blessed are the humble…or something like that.

  4. Posted June 30, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    This area is fascinating in that it used to be a missile site:

  5. Sue Sommers
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Wonderful place to live and walk.

  6. Posted June 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful shade of blue!

  7. DrBrydon
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    When I was at UC, they said that those big blocks at the point were from when they tore down Stagg Field, and that they are radioactive because of the nuclear pile that was there.

  8. rickflick
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    The beautiful waterfront reminds me of the unfortunate destruction of Meigs Field in 2003. Mayor Daley was a kind of Donald Trump of Chicago then, and he had one of the most famous airfields in the world destroyed by using bulldozers to rip up the pavement. I’m sure the park that replaces it is a very fine park, but for aviators the loss of Meigs Field will be remembered as a black spot in history.

  9. Posted June 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Can’t be a bike path if one can roller blade on the “cement” too. 😉

  10. DTaylor
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Many happy memories of time spent at the Point while at the U of Chgo decades ago. I see it’s had a major upgrade!

  11. keith cook + / -
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Open city spaces and living by a lake, very nice.

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