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  • A sailing ship makes it past Chicago Harbor Light during a rainstorm Wednesday. A group of Tall Ships as well as racing sailboats are in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 11

      A sailing ship makes it past Chicago Harbor Light during a rainstorm Wednesday. A group of Tall Ships as well as racing sailboats are in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 11
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  • The Flagship Niagara, from Erie, Pa, is docked off Navy Pier in Chicago as the Tall Ships Chicago festival begins Wednesday. The festival, featuring the ships as well as the Chicago Match Cup sailing race, plus entertainment and activities for kids, runs through Sunday.

       The Flagship Niagara, from Erie, Pa, is docked off Navy Pier in Chicago as the Tall Ships Chicago festival begins Wednesday. The festival, featuring the ships as well as the Chicago Match Cup sailing race, plus entertainment and activities for kids, runs through Sunday.
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  • Tall Ships make their way toward Navy Pier in a parade in Chicago, Wednesday

      Tall Ships make their way toward Navy Pier in a parade in Chicago, Wednesday
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  • Spectators watch the Chicago Match Race compete on the Navy Pier in Chicago, Wednesday. The race runs through Sunday.

      Spectators watch the Chicago Match Race compete on the Navy Pier in Chicago, Wednesday. The race runs through Sunday.
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  • Sailboats sail in the Chicago Match Race compete near Navy Pier, Wednesday in Chicago.

      Sailboats sail in the Chicago Match Race compete near Navy Pier, Wednesday in Chicago.
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  • Sailboats are off in the Chicago Match Race near Navy Pier in Chicago.

      Sailboats are off in the Chicago Match Race near Navy Pier in Chicago.
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  • Spectators under umbrellas point at Tall Ships during a parade near Navy Pier in Chicago.

      Spectators under umbrellas point at Tall Ships during a parade near Navy Pier in Chicago.
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  • The Tall Ships make their way toward Navy Pier in a parade Wednesday in Chicago.

      The Tall Ships make their way toward Navy Pier in a parade Wednesday in Chicago.
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  • The Chicago skyline is the backdrop for 14 tall ships setting sail off Navy Pier on Wednesday.

       The Chicago skyline is the backdrop for 14 tall ships setting sail off Navy Pier on Wednesday.
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  • Video: ABC 7 Chicago on Tall Ships

 
Daily Herald report

The Tall Ships Chicago summer festival began today at Navy Pier in Chicago, with a fog adding mood to the scene of majestic structures.

The Parade of Sail, featuring 14 ships took place Wednesday afternoon in front of a throng of spectators along the lakefront who got to see a sailing race, too.

The Chicago Match Cup began with 12 teams from seven nations racing alongside the Tall Ships. The six-day race comes with $100,000 in prize money and is the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

The Tall Ships festival also runs through Sunday. Next up on the schedule is the Crew Welcome Walk at 11 a.m. Thursday. Crew members from each participating ship will gather at the entrance to Dock Street and walk east to wards the entrance of the Tall ShipsŪ Chicago 2013 festival grounds accompanied by a marching band.

Live entertainment and activities for kids, such as a radio-controlled boat pond, will be featured throughout the festival. And fest goers can get a glimpse into Chicago's maritime past with a display of historic photographs from the Chicago Maritime Museum and learn about the War of 1812 through artifacts and a dynamic explanation of events.

Tickets run from $4, and you can buy more expensive tickets to get dockside or take cruises.

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