Category Archives: What Is?

What is…What Are Those things in Lake Michigan?

Is that a cruise ship out there?

Is that the new Cirque du Soliel out there?

Water cribs are offshore structures that collect water from close to the bottom of a lake to supply a pumping station onshore.

The name crib is derived from the function of the structure—to surround and protect the intake shaft.

Cities supplied with drinking water collected by water cribs include Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Oregon, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio;and Monroe County, Michigan.

 

 

The water cribs in Chicago are structures built to house and protect offshore water intakes used to supply the City of Chicago with drinking water from Lake Michigan. Water is collected and transported through tunnels located close to 200 feet beneath the lake, varying in shape from circular to oval, and ranging in diameter from 10 to 20 feet.

The tunnels lead from the cribs to one of two water purification plants located onshore, the Jardine Water Purification Plant (the world’s largest) and the South Water Purification Plant, where the water is then treated before being pumped to all parts of the city as well as 118 suburbs.

The city has had nine permanent cribs of which six are still standing and two are in active use.

WHATS IS That Cartoon Bear Art Around Chicago?

We call  this  category   WHAT  IS?  

People  are always  asking  WHAT IS  THIS?   WHAT’S  UP  WITH THAT?

If you live in Chicago, I’m sure you have passed by a mural at some point that involves a bear eating pizza or  wearing boxing gloves. If you haven’t, then you most likely never leave your neighborhood (and in that case you might as well live in LA). Regardless of where you reside or what you see in your ‘hood, we can all learn a little something from the Bear Champ today.

Chicago-based artist JC Riverais behind them. What I found the most fascinating about JC is that he’s not trying to hide his identity (unlike many street artists) as all of his work is commissioned. No illegal wall tagging for this guy!

 

Few images in Chicago’s street art scene are as instantly recognizable as JC Rivera’s “Bear Champ.” This enormous bright yellow bear appears in a variety of street murals throughout the city.

 

The bear seems cute and cuddly at first, but also projects a bit of a rugged, streetwise vibe — the perfect representation for life in Chicago.  Rivera has been painting in and around Chicago for a decade. His work is most known for its bright, colorful and uncluttered look.

JC says, “The character is about the everyday struggle. Keep rolling with the punches. Fight for what you believe in.”