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The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse is an automated active lighthouse and stands at the end of the northern breakwater protecting the Chicago Harbor, to the east of Navy Pier and the mouth of the Chicago River. It was constructed in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition and moved to its present site in 1919.The United States Lighthouse Board prominently displayed its 'state of the art' wares and engineering achievements.
The light is an active aid to navigation, and no access is allowed. From I-94 in Chicago, take exit 50B and proceed east to Lake Michigan and Navy Pier: there is parking on Navy Pier. A good view may be had from its end, from a private boat, or from various tour boats in the area.
The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse not only served to orient boats on Lake Michigan, it is also a symbol of the light many Chicagoans held unto when first arriving to "The Windy City".