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Chicago River, Chicago

4.7
#2 of 78 in Nature in Illinois
Friends of the Chicago River was founded in 1979 after an article penned by Robert Cassidy called “Our Friendless River” appeared in Chicago Magazine. Inspired to take action on behalf of one of the city’s greatest natural resources, concerned citizens came together forming Friends of the Chicago River later that year.

Since our founding Friends has carried out a myriad of planning initiatives and played a key role in changing how the City of Chicago and other municipalities treat the river in development ordinances and plans. This had led to a number of river-edge improvements including riverwalks and waterside parks that feature the Chicago River.

Today our work also includes policy initiatives geared towards improving the water quality of the river so that it can support native plants, fish and other wildlife and a variety of recreational uses; on-the-ground projects that result in physical improvments and the preservation of quality habitat; and education and outreach programs that inform and inspire people to help revitalize the Chicago River. As a result, the Chicago River is becoming a haven for wildlife and a treasured community resource.
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  • This is a major waterway where things are happening along the river in the downtown area. It was easy to get to from our hotel (Hotel Julian) and there's places to walk, jog and drink coffee. But...  more »
  • Walk, jog or run along the river. Great buildings and architecture along the river path. Plenty of coffee stands along the way with nearby restaurants. Lots of lunch people enjoying. Safe and...  more »
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  • This river is beautiful, especially at night.
  • They could have chosen a more creative name...

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