The Chicago River - If you grew up here or lived here more than 10 minutes you know the story: We reversed our river. Yada yada yada.
If you live on the north side or in Evanston, Skokie & Wilmette you know we have a branch of the river that basically runs north along McCormick Blvd and eventually reaches the lake right next to the Bahai Temple.
Do you think this branch of the river was naturally there from back in the day? That would make a lot of sense right? Well, guess what - this section was man-made and areas of residential development was removed to make way for the branch now dubbed the North Shore Channel. Here's an early map of Wilmette & Evanston showing you how many homes needed to be removed to make way for the channel:
Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.