Things are looking pretty frightening at Navy Pier this afternoon, where the barge that holds The Fear Haunted House looks like it's starting to sink, thanks to powerful winds that are creating waves on Lake Michigan. WBEZ posted a series of videos that show the barge partially submerged in the lake. In one of the videos, WBEZ managing editor Sally Eisele mentions that the pier feels like it's moving, which is probably why Pier Park is closed for the day. Our deepest condolences go out to anyone who had Halloween dinner plans at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
Large waves on Lake Michigan have partially shut down northbound lanes on Lake Shore Drive due to flooding. At the time of this writing, there is a lakeshore flood advisory in effect for Cook County until 4am on November 1. The high winds are also impacting some other lakefront attractions, including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which announced that it is closing for the remainder of the day. Perhaps the only upside of this extreme weather is that Chicago surfers finally have some gnarly waves to ride.