Okay, so maybe it’s not really being replaced, as much as work is carrying on where it used to be. While its removal re-opened the river to boat traffic, the extrication of the Chicago River Barge from the temporary mooring under the Randolph Street Bridge left a gaping hole in my heart.
And for the millionth time, I’ve overstated my case. Still, when a good friend moves away, leaving you with no forwarding address, no means of contact, and no promise of so much as a post card, it’s hard not to wander back to the scene and relive those precious memories. But nothing stands in the way of progress; it can only obstruct its path for a few weeks.
I took a stroll down memory lane, then to Randolph and Lake Streets, to check on the progress at 150 North Riverside.
A tug surveys the scene.
A new, seemingly intact barge has replaced the Chicago River Barge
The construction site from the Randolph Street Bridge
A replacement barge, as River Point (444 West Lake Street) and Wolf Point West rise in the background.
The mountain of clay remains. Are they nervous about loading another barge?
The Sun-Times and Merchandise Mart stand watch.
Construction site from Lake Street
Long, rectangular whole in the earth, shaped like a barge.