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.
Flooding from Monday night’s storm has forced a temporary delay on the project to renovate the Chicago Riverwalk downtown.
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.
The Dearborn Street bridge over the Chicago River is closed so that crews can do work on the Riverwalk project.
The improving water quality of the Chicago River has experts hopeful that 30,000 Channel catfish being released into the river on Tuesday will have a good chance of survival.
Residents of the Albany Park neighborhood have again raised concerns they could be the victims of flooding along the Chicago River if the city doesn’t do something to address the problem.
Though some of the flooding from Monday’s thunderstorms has receded, the Des Plaines River was still overflowing its banks on Wednesday, and the North Branch of the Chicago River was near flood stage in some areas, with more rain on the way Wednesday evening.
City officials are giving you a new reason to visit the often forgotten stretch of Michigan Avenue.
The woman was reported in the water near the Orleans Street bridge just before 1 a.m., fire officials said. Crews arrived at the scene in about two minutes. The water temperature was about 50 degrees.
Police Marine Unit officers responded to the area near the 400 block of West Harrison Street about 6:05 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing something in the water.
The first bridge lift is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, and they will continue every Wednesday and Saturday through June 28, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The man’s body was pulled from the river in the 1000 block of West Weed Street at 7:50 p.m.
The Windy City’s aquatic sign of spring, Wendella tour boats and water taxis, finally made it down the Chicago River for the first time this year, stalled for two weeks by thick ice in the harbor at Dolton.
A couple weeks ago, Chicagoans couldn’t be blamed for worrying about whether the Chicago River could be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, or if someone would have to paint ice floes to get the same effect.
Three people helped pull a woman to safety Thursday, after she jumped into the Chicago River downtown.
Placing dam-like structures in Chicago waterways would be an almost foolproof method of preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan, while a less pricey electric barrier system also has solid prospects for shielding the Great Lakes from the invasive fish.
Two days after a man and a woman dove into the icy Chicago River to save a friend who went into the water to get a dropped cell phone, Chicago Police divers pulled the woman’s body from the water on Wednesday. The young man who went after his phone also died.
A man from Minnesota died after he fell into the Chicago River early Monday, when he dropped his cell phone in the water and lunged after it. Another man was hospitalized, and a woman was missing and presumed dead, after they went into the water to try to rescue him.
Police sources said it appeared the woman slipped and fell into the river.
About 12:15 a.m., a 31-year-old man was heard screaming for help from the water near where the river meets Lake Michigan.