Even if you do not know a whole lot about horses, travel you could still use the event of the 143rd Kentucky Derby as a timeout for amusing Chicago

 

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Relax on the out of doors terrace on the Thompson Chicago after you’re taking in considered one of its City Summer Camp offerings, which are lodge-specific reports for visitors.
Relax at the out of doors terrace at the Thompson Chicago after you are taking in certainly one of its City Summer Camp offerings, which might be lodge-extraordinary experiences for visitors. – Courtesy of Thompson Chicago
City Summer Camp

Nostalgic for summertime camp? The Gold Coast’s Thompson Chicago simply launched this 12 months’ City Summer Camp imparting an array of lodge-distinct stories for guests who’re health lovers, foodies, history buffs or adventurers. Take personalized, guided jogging excursions to look Chicago’s fine points of interest; be part of a Chicago professional on a non-public 90-minute tour introducing the architecture, history and lifestyle of the hotel’s community; go to a modern-day domestic decor and garden boutique for a arms-on personal terrarium-constructing magnificence; or join an intimate cocktail magnificence and tasting or a gelato-making magnificence. Also, Thompson has partnered with Oak Street Beach to order volleyball courts for guests upon request and equip them with a seaside volleyball, a net, and if favored, a custom picnic. Now thru Sept. 30 at Thompson Chicago, 21 E. Bellevue, Chicago. Pricing for City Summer Camp offerings varies by way of interest.

The Brown County Spring Blossom Parade steps off at 11 a.M. Saturday, May 6, in downtown Nashville, Ind.

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The Brown County Spring Blossom Parade steps off at eleven a.M. Saturday, May 6, in downtown Nashville, Ind. –
Flowers and fungi

There’s a double-bill of out of doors amusing in Brown County, Indiana, the subsequent weekend with the 54th annual Spring Blossom Parade and the Morel Mushroom Festival. The 2017 parade topic is “Reaching for the Stars,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the primary “Star Wars” film. Brown County State Park is the site of the 10th annual Morel Mushroom Festival, which incorporates a model sale, cooking demonstrations, crafts, stay music, guided hikes, and children’ activities. 10 a.M. To 4 p.M. Saturday, May 6, at the Brown County State Park Nature Center. The parade steps off at 11 a.M. Saturday, May 6, in downtown Nashville, Indiana. Free. See browncounty.Com/.

 

It’s double the fun inside the Quad Cities subsequent weekend with two fests happening simultaneously: the new Rock Town Lit Fest in Rock Island, Illinois, and the Tour de Brew QC. The two-day party of literature showcases authors and publishers from the Quad Cities place and Midwest with a lit crawl from 6 to nine p.M. Friday and an ebook truthful from 10 a.M. To four p.M. Saturday featuring readings and presentations. The Tour de Brew QC takes bike riders on a scenic 35-mile experience alongside the Mississippi River with stops at 8 Quad Cities pubs. The Brat Pack will headline the after-celebration at the Rock Island Brewing Company. Lit Fest runs Friday and Saturday, May 5-6. The Tour de Brew QC runs from 10 a.M. To eight p.M. Saturday, May 6. The charity motorcycle trip starts and ends at the Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2d Ave., Rock Islan

The Day a “Tidal Wave” Hit Chicago

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“Giant tidal wave hits local town lake.” April Fool’s joke? Probably. “Giant Tidal Wave Hits Chicago.” Joke, right? No. This was the headline of the afternoon edition of the Chicago Daily News on June 26, 1954.

I left the house in my beat-up Chevy at around 9:00 a.m. on a warm Saturday morning in June 1954 and drove uptown to Lake Michigan’s Montrose Beach and harbor to meet my father and some friends at the Wilson Rocks Bait Shop where he hung out with his fellow fishermen. We were going to do some Perch fishing……which is a chewy white meat fish that is a taste of Heaven when deep fried and served with, lemon, tartar sauce, and accordion fries. Getting ready for my final year in high school, I had been working a hard construction job and was in need of some sun and relaxation. Perch was the answer this Saturday morning, but I would soon find something quite different……something that I would never forget.

As I pulled into the parking area, I noticed it was full of water despite it being a bright sunny day. The Lake was unusually choppy. I also noticed people running toward the pier. There was a sense of something very serious and very bad going on and immediately and instinctively I headed for the bait shop to connect with my father. He saw me coming and said “let’s go to the pier, they need help down there,” and we took off at full speed along with many others. A Seiche (pronounced says) had struck Montrose Harbor without warning on this June morning. It was 8 feet high and 25 miles wide and hit Chicago’s entire lakefront……from Michigan City, Indiana to the North Shore. Eight people were killed, most of whom were fishing right there in Montrose Harbor where about 15 or 20 fishermen were swept off the narrow, 175-foot concrete pier. And we knew many of them.

When we arrived, bathers and fishermen were running for cover. Men, women, and children scurried and fell. Yachts bobbed widely in the water. The wave at some points had rushed 150 feet inshore before subsiding in a few minutes which explained why I saw so much water as I pulled into the parking lot. There were rescues, panic, despair, and narrow escapes. Unfortunately, we were too late to be of any real help and then stood by helplessly as the rescue teams began the grim job of pulling each body from the lake. Apparently, fishermen who had been lying on their stomachs, idly guiding lines in the water, were simply swept off the pier as the water swelled up and washed over them. Fishermen on the North Avenue pier, several miles to the South, were also swept into the lake, and the same grim work was being done there. Among those hurled into the water was Ted Stempinski, who had been fishing with his son Ralph, 16. Ralph left the scene for a moment shortly before the wave struck. When he returned his father was gone. The same thing happened with John Jaworski who also was fishing with his son. Those tragic facts hardly went unnoticed and stayed with me for a long time after.

News of the oncoming wave was spread quickly by park police who cleared fishermen from a pier at 61th St. In Jackson Park minutes before the water submerged that area. At Loyola Beach just North the waves broke over a 9-foot seawall. All the docks at the Belmont Harbor yacht basin were flooded when the wave raised the water level there about 6 feet.

Prior to June 26, nobody had ever heard of the word “Seiche.” After June 26, most of us were experts on the phenomena. Specifically, “A Seiche has to occur in an enclosed body of water such as a lake, bay or gulf. A Seiche, a French word meaning “to sway back and forth”, is a standing wave that oscillates in a lake as a result of seismic or atmospheric disturbances creating huge fluctuations of water levels in just moments. The standing waves slosh back and forth between shores of the lake basin, often referred to as tide-like changes of the Great Lakes, by many. Most seiches on the Great Lakes are results of atmospheric disturbances and a cease in wind, not the seismic activity or huge tidal forces” ( Heidorn 2004; Wittman 2005).

This particular Seiche, which was the most dangerous of the three kinds, was fueled by a severe squall line with high winds and rapid changes in atmospheric pressure that pushed down on the lake’s surface and crossed southern Lake Michigan a few hours earlier, passing from northwest to southeast. It’s as if you dropped a stone in the middle of a bucket of water and watched the ripples move from the center. The atmospheric pressure caused by the squall was the stone and the ripples were the Seiche. Like water sloshing back and forth in a bathtub, fast-moving squall lines with intense atmospheric pressure caused the lake to slosh back and forth and water levels to rise on the shoreline and harbors by up to 10 feet in a matter of minutes and with no warning.

Unlike a tsunami, which can travel across the open ocean at extremely high speeds, a Seiche moves much more slowly. It took 80 minutes for the Seiche to travel 40 miles from Michigan City to the Chicago lakeshore at North Avenue. That’s about 30 mph. The Seiche Struck the entire Illinois coast with a wave about 2 to 4 feet high, but it reached a maximum height of 10 feet as it approached the North Avenue pier.