Like a Secondhand Sea

Pocket Guide to Hell presents “Like a Secondhand Sea,” a FREE and interactive historical reenactment that uses costumes, props, and over seventy performers to tell the story of how human contact has altered Chicago’s waterways in 3 parts: Marquette & Joliet (1673), Streeterville (1886), and the River Reversal (1892-1900).

Sunday, July 15, Noon

Park across from the River East Arts Center (435 E Illinois)

FREE bowlers and squirt guns and Streeterville currency to the first 100 participantsTintype photos by Chris Olsen and paper silhouettes by Nina Nightingale!

To volunteer to play a policeman in the raid on Streeterville, please email

With performances by Jon LangfordJustin Amolsch’s brass band, and the Chicago Poetry Bordello. With special appearances by Tim SamuelsonRich CahanAlison CuddyDick Bales, Tim Tuten, Kevin Robinson, and Water Reclamations District Commissioner Debra Shore. With poster by Edie Fake and handbill by Lyra Hill.

Second Hand Sea Poster by Edie Fake

Photos by Karen Rettig:

Secondhand Sea Tintype Photographer

Secondhand Sea - the French Voyagers Meet Ma and Cap Streeter

Secondhand Sea - Poetry Bordello

Secondhand Sea - Streeterville Performers

Secondhand Sea - Raid on Streeterville

Secondhand Sea - Raid on Streeterville

Secondhand Sea - Raid on Streeterville

Secondhand Sea - River Reversal Dedication Ceremony


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