Chicago River

This man was alive when scuba divers from the Chicago Fire Department pulled him out, after a passerby threw him a life preserver. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Man Throws Life Preserver, Helps Rescue Person From Chicago River

A man was pulled from the Chicago River early Wednesday in the West Loop, after a local resident threw a life preserver to keep him afloat until rescue crews arrived.

12/17/2014

An image of Chicago from the 1830s along what is now Wacker Drive. (Credit: chicagology)

Image Shows Early Chicago Along South Bank Of River

About 40 years before the Great Chicago Fire, the village along the shores of Lake Michigan essentially consisted of a muddy trail along the south bank of the Chicago River along with a few small streets in what today is known as the Loop.

12/10/2014

Crews have been working to pump water out of a large construction barge that sank in the Chicago River last month. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM)

Crews Have Nearly Raised Sunken Barge From Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard has made some progress raising a barge that sunk in the Chicago River last month, but it’s unclear when it finally will be floating and moving again.

11/07/2014

The cables for tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above the Chicago River have been installed between the Leo Burnett Building and Marina City. (Credit: CBS)

Daredevil Ready For Tightrope Walk Over Chicago River

He’s been doing this his whole life, yet you might not be able to watch it without holding your breath.

11/02/2014

Nik Wallenda addresses the media Friday. (CBS/Lisa Fielding)

Wire-Walking Daredevil Prepared For Windy Conditions This Weekend, If Necessary

Nik Wallenda says he’s happy his tightrope walk isn’t for a couple of days, given Friday’s blast of winter-like weather.

10/31/2014

The cables for tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above the Chicago River have been installed between the Leo Burnett Building and Marina City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Install Wallenda’s Tightrope For Walk Above Chicago River

Crews were working overnight to install the first high-wire cable that tightrope walker Nik Wallenda will walk across on Sunday, 50 stories above the Chicago River.

10/31/2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Nik Wallenda Is Crazy … And Dumb, Some Would Say

Walking a tightrope across the Chicago River is crazy enough. Doing it blindfolded is insane.

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A ship equipped with a crane scoops out clay from the sunken barge. (Credit: John Cody)

Work Continues To Fix Sunken Barge In Chicago River

The barge that sank Friday at the Randolph Street Bridge is going to get some patch work done before it’s floated off for repairs, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

10/20/2014

A barge is nearly fuller under the water on the Chicago River on Friday. (CBS)

Barge Sinks In Chicago River

Witnesses say they heard a loud boom before the vessel went down.

10/17/2014

Nik Wallenda. (Credit: CBS)

Wallenda To Wear Blindfold For Part Of November Tightrope Walk

As if walking a tightrope uphill for more than two city blocks 50 stories above the Chicago River in November weren’t enough of a challenge, daredevil Nik Wallenda is adding a new twist to his Chicago adventure next month: a blindfolded tightrope walk between the Marina City towers.

10/03/2014

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Man Dies After Jumping In Chicago River

Roy Word, 51, was pulled from the river in the 200 block of North LaSalle after authorities were notified he had jumped in about 7:45 a.m.

08/25/2014

The Marine Angel. (Credit: Library Of Congress)

Amazing Photo Of Massive Barge On Chicago River

In 1953, the biggest vessel to travel the Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway managed to wind its way downtown on the Chicago River.

07/28/2014

A new 53-story office building at 150 N. Riverside Plaza will include a 1.5-acre public park. (Credit: Goettsch Partners)

Work Begins On New Riverfront Office Tower

The start of construction on a new office building along the west bank of the Chicago River could change the riverfront landscape in more ways than one.

07/25/2014

The entrance to the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. (CBS)

McCormick Bridgehouse Museum: A Bird’s Eye View Of Chicago’s Bridges, River

To tell the story of the Chicago River and the city’s bridges, what better place than inside one of the bridges?

07/21/2014

Three Asian carp pulled out of the Humboldt Park lagoon have been placed in the invasive species exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. (Credit: John Cody/WBBM Newsradio)

Appeals Court Upholds Tossing Of Asian Carp Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by five states seeking the placement of barriers to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

07/15/2014

A small equipment barge sank on the Chicago River on Thursday near the LaSalle Street Bridge. (Credit: CBS)

Construction Barge Sinks In Chicago River

The small equipment barge, which was being used as part of the project to expand the Chicago Riverwalk, sunk near the LaSalle Street bridge early Thursday.

07/10/2014

(Credit: National Weather Service)

Four Rivers Near Flood Stage After Monday’s Rain

Monday’s deluge resulted in isolated flooding, but four Chicago area rivers remain near their flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

07/02/2014

Severe storms roll into the Chicago area on Monday. (Credit:  Heidi Anderson)

Swimming Banned At Beaches After Stormwater, Sewage Dumped In Lake

The heavy rainfall from Monday night’s storms prompted officials to open the Chicago and Wilmette locks to prevent raw sewage from overflowing out of the sewer system, and instead dump a mix of storm runoff and sewage into Lake Michigan.

07/01/2014

Heavy rains Monday night caused the Chicago River to flood a project to expand the Riverwalk downtown. The project was delayed while crews worked to drain or pump out the water. (Credit: Twitter/@ChicagoPhotoSho)

Chicago River Floods Riverwalk Construction Project

Flooding from Monday night’s storm has forced a temporary delay on the project to renovate the Chicago Riverwalk downtown.

07/01/2014

The swollen Des Plaines River reaches near the Madison Street Bridge near Maywood and Oak Park in 2013. (Photo courtesy Scott Davidson)

Huge Increase In Stream Flows, Rivers Way Above Normal Rates

Heavy, persistent rain has led to a huge increase in the flow of streams across Chicagoland and nearly all of them are way above normal for this time of year, according to a survey the the U.S. Geological Survey.

06/26/2014

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