New devices offer views of river

July 17, 2009 Some new devices may help you picture it.

Friends of the Chicago River put up five specially-designed kaleidoscopes along the Riverwalk near Michigan Avenue on Friday.

When you look through the view finder you'll see a picture imposed on the scene showing you what the river would be like with improvements, including a swimming area.

The inspiration came from several Swiss cities where the rivers were cleaned up so well. That they've become popular summer swimming spots.

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