Friends of the 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.