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This is the year I really discovered the Chicago River. I have canoed stretches south and north of the city and done architectural tours downtown, but I had never paddled the best sections. For people who love the outdoors and canoeing, the North Branch of the Chicago River is the most outstanding section. This post features Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos from the North Branch.

Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

North Branch of the Chicago River – Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

I paddled the stretch from the Skokie Lagoons to Linne Woods in Morton Grove this year three times beginning with the Ralph Frese Memorial paddle. I could not believe how scenic this stretch of the river is even though it meanders under bridges and interstates and through a very populous suburban area.

I also paddle a section from the River Park to the North Shore Channel and then down to Clark Park. While this is not as beautiful as the North Branch, it is still pretty amazing for an urban river with lots of green on both sides of the river. On this particular trip the Friends of the Chicago River brought together the Chicago River Canoe guides with the Friends of the Chicago River Board of Directors, so it was great to meet up in person with like minded people who care about the future 0f the river.

Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

Friends of the Chicago River GoPro group selfie – Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

During the last two trips on the North Branch and the paddle with the Directors, I was busy capturing the experience on my GoPro Hero4 black camera. I took a variety of footage including time lapse, regular video, and regular pictures. Then I spliced the regular video and the time lapse video on the GoPro Studio Editor to make the videos embedded into this post.

On other videos I took the time lapse video and then slowed it down to almost slow motion. In others I just kept the time lapse video and kept it exactly how it downloaded from the video camera. I love the fact that the GoPro is such a versatile tool that can take regular pictures, videos, and then fun stuff like the time lapse, night lapse, and burst mode as well.

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