Friends of the Chicago River

The Calumet Water Reclamation Plant serves more than 1 million people in a 300-square mile area covering the South Side of Chicago and much of the southern suburbs. (Credit: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

For The First Time, Wastewater Being Disinfected Before It Enters Chicago River

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Friday celebrated the opening of the first of two disinfection plants designed to help clean up area rivers.

07/17/2015

Channel Catfish (Credit: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

30,000 Catfish Being Released Into Chicago River

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.

06/10/2014

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

Eric Yondorf

City Planner, Chicago River Advocate Eric Yondorf Remembered

City planner and Chicago River advocate Eric Yondorf is being remembered as an expert and a visionary, for his part in the decades-long effort to transform the river into one of the city’s crown jewels.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

Chicago River

State To Pump $10 Million Into Fund To Clean Up Chicago River

The State of Illinois plans to add $10 million to a $21 million fund to disinfect sewage flowing into the Chicago River, as Chicago joins other major cities in making the most of a natural asset.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2012

(credit: ChicagoRiver.org)

Guide To: Exploring The Chicago River

The Chicago River flows 156 miles, backwards, right through the Loop; it turns vibrant green on St. Patrick’s Day and has its own troupe of water taxis – what’s not to love? Here are three ways to get better acquainted with our beloved river.

07/23/2011