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First Chicago River Boathouse Opens In Chinatown

The Mayor’s office announced Sunday the opening of the first new boathouse along the Chicago River opened in Chinatown.


Nelson Reyes, who lives on Monticello Ave at the river.  His house is to the right, and the bare spot in the far background  is where the sandbags were taken away this morning. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Albany Park Residents Worried By Removal Of Sandbags

Residents of an Albany Park street that was inundated with flooding in April are now concerned that the city of Chicago seems to be taking the sandbags away from the North Branch of the Chicago River.


A view of the Chicago River from just east of the Columbus Drive bridge. (Credit: CBS)

Environmental Groups Tout Financial Benefits Of Cleaning Up, Improving Chicago River

“Water quality makes a tremendous difference in how we can interact with the river, but also provides us jobs; it provides us business revenue,” said Friends of the Chicago River executive director Margaret Frisbie.

WBBM Newsradio–05/09/2013

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Man’s Body Pulled From Chicago River Near Loop

A man’s body was pulled from the south branch of the Chicago River near the Loop Wednesday afternoon.


The former home of blues musician Muddy Waters in the North Kenwood neighborhood. (Credit: Matt Cole)

Landmarks Group Releases List Of 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites

Landmarks Illinois’ “Endangered Places 2013” list includes a variety of structures, including the Gage House, a pre-Civil War home built by one of Winnetka’s earliest settlers, and the Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake, which once served as a hangout for Al Capone.

WBBM Newsradio–04/30/2013

Boats pass under the Michigan Avenue bri

Michigan Avenue Reopens After Report Of Suspicious Package

A suspicious package shut down Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River.


Sandbags still sit outside a home in Albany Park, where flooding had left many streets and basements underwater on Thursday. The flooding began receding Thursday evening, and many of those streets and homes were dry by Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Flooding Recedes In Waterlogged Albany Park Neighborhood

Friday morning, the cleanup began for residents of the Northwest Side neighborhood on the banks of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2013

Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, planned for October 2014 along the Chicago River.

Chicago Fire Festival To Light Up The Chicago River Next Year

The “Great Chicago Fire Festival” will launch in October 2014, and feature acrobatic performances, live music, and a river parade of art, dance, and fire.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2013

This is one view of an area along the Chicago River that would be rebuilt for recreational purposes. (Chicago City Hall)

Emanuel, LaHood Unveil Chicago River Revamp

The Chicago River, once an old industrial pathway, would be transformed into the city’s new recreational frontier, under a project that hinges on an expected $100 million loan announced Thursday.


(File photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Body Pulled From Chicago River

The body of a 40-year-old woman was pulled from the North Branch of the Chicago River Tuesday morning on the Northwest Side.


The Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day 2013. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day

The Chicago River is a glowing green as the city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. WBBM’s Mike Krauser spent some time with the crews behind the tradition.


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Emanuel Proposes Big Hikes In City Fees For River Tour Boats

The decade-long agreement that Emanuel introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting includes dramatically higher fees expected to generate $42.5 million over the life of the contract.


The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Continuing Drought Could Lead To Reversal Of Chicago River Flow

In a new report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said, if Chicago doesn’t get some significant rain or snow soon, there could be serious water flow issues in the Chicago River.


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Man Rescued By CFD Divers After Jump In River

A man was rescued from the water by Chicago Fire Department divers after he jumped into the Chicago River in the West Loop near Union Station Tuesday morning.


Bones Found In Car In Chicago River Believed To Be Missing Man’s

Authorities pulled a car out of the river about noon that matches a vehicle Michael Jansson was last seen in.


Falling Lake Michigan Water Levels Could Lead To Rising Pollution

If the Lake Michigan water level drops six inches, the locks in and out of the Chicago River will have to be closed to keep polluted water out, federal officials said Monday.


Chicago Water Taxi (Credit: Wendella)

Wendella Offering Free Taxi Rides Thursday

Throughout the day tomorrow, you’ll be able to ride Wendella’s water taxis for free as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of its downtown Chicago service.


This is an artists concept for a section of the Chicago Riverwalk between Dearborn and Clark. (Credit: City Of Chicago)

City Plans To Extend Riverwalk Along Chicago River

The city of Chicago has big plans for the walkway along the Chicago River.


A woman died after she was pulled from the Chicago River along the 3000 block of West Foster Avenue on Sept. 2, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Woman Dies After Being Pulled From Chicago River

A 42-year-old woman died after being pulled from the Chicago River on the North Side Sunday afternoon.


DuSable Park Radiation Sign

Report: DuSable Park Site Near Navy Pier Nearly Clear Of Radioactive Soil

A published report says the long-planned DuSable Park could soon be ready for development along the lake just south of Navy Pier.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012