Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?



     Now this is an odd structure. I had never seen it before, but stumbled upon it during my wanderings around Chicago this week.  I'm hoping it puzzles you for a few minutes; I had a tough time figuring out what it was when I was standing before it, but eventually I saw a plaque that gave away the game.
    What is this beige-pinkish thing and where might we find it? The winner gets ... oh hell ... one of my endless supply of 2015 blog posters, complete in its own Chicago Mailing Tube cardboard tube, along with my best wishes.
     Remember to place your guesses below. Good luck. 

13 comments:

  1. IT'S A PLACE TO KEEP THE ASHES OF LOVED ONES. A CEMETERY VAULT? DON'T KNOW THE TERM, BUT SEEN ONE LIKE THIS AT THE LINCOLN VETERAN'S CEMETERY. THEY TOO ARE ODDLY TINTED PINK.

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    1. It's called a columbarium. But, apparently, this building isn't one.

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    2. It does look like that — I had the same thought. But no, something entirely different.

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  2. The Chicago River lock by Navy Pier?

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    1. Technically, it's the Inner Harbor Cutoff Wall, but I think that's close enough for baseball, Walter. Congratulations. To claim your prize, send your address to me at dailysteinberg@gmail.com.

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    2. Wow thanks! Turbulence was the giveaway (well, hint that prompted the guess anyway) for me.

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  3. nevermind. didn't notice the sign.

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    1. Yes, it's the building that holds machinery -- pumps, I imagine -- having to do with the inner harbor cutoff wall, on the south bank of the Chicago River, where it meets the lake, just past Lake Shore Drive.

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  5. Because of the "turbulence" sign, I was going to say it's a vertiport, i.e. a place for helicopters to land, but it seems doubtful that the vertiport people would have built a castle to hold the landing pad.

    john

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  6. Not sure what it is -- my first thought was a crematorium -- but after reading the plaque I thought to myself, "There's a good joke in there somewhere".

    SandyK

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  7. Cleveland was wonderful!

    john

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  8. I'm not seeing the "turbulence" sign - where is it?

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