Chicago Monument Gets 24-Hour Resident

May 05, 2012

A Chicago resident who has traveled around the world spent the weekend in Chicago real estate in which no one has stayed before.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chicago River Day, Friends of the Chicago River ran a contest in which Chicago and river enthusiasts submitted short essays discussing their passion for the river. One lucky winner was to get the opportunity to move into the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum for 24 hours, and that winner lived the reality over the weekend.

Chicago resident Lisa Lubin won the contest as part of the 20th annual Chicago River Day, and she and three friends moved into the historic museum at Michigan and Wacker from May 4-5.

“Friends put out a call for Chicago enthusiasts for this contest — and that is exactly what we got,” said Margaret Frisbie, executive director of Friends of the Chicago River. “We were amazed at the love, passion and dedication to Chicago and our river that candidates expressed in their essays. The judging process made it clear that the Chicago River has many citizen ambassadors throughout the region.

“Our judges had a difficult decision to make, but Lisa’s writing so enthusiastically reminded us why we are in love with this city and this river, and we knew thousands more people would enjoy following her adventure along the Chicago River.”

Lisa Lubin

Lubin is a three-time Emmy® Award winning television writer, producer/director, photographer and video consultant who has boated, kayaked, canoed, dined, biked and walked on the Chicago River and even wrote and produced television news segments about it, so she was the perfect ambassador to blog about her experiences.

The four friends had a full schedule of events throughout their 24-hour stay, and a security guard kept watch over the bridge house to keep them safe.

Want to read about all about it? Lubin will be blogging about her experiences at

The museum will be open to the public later this month. To find out what you can do to celebrate Chicago River Day, visit

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