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Chicago River, Chicago

4.6
#3 of 79 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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  • I recommend doing an architectural tour by the river. The guide will provide a lot of information to understand each building, its history and context so that it is not just beautiful photos. There are several companies that offer boat tours. I did the Shoreline that comes on the GO card. It's worth it.
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  • I always enjoy walking along the river or crossing it on the Michigan Ave and Wabash Ave bridges. A highlight of visiting Chicago is being along that last mile or so of the river before it hits the bi...  more »
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  • Came here today to see it dyed for the first time and it was really cool seeing it in person rather than just on TV over the years I hope this can become a yearly tradition for me
  • This River is a place to spread out, to relax, to enjoy it! Unquestionably Chicago has this great River and its ramifications! Coming to St. Patrick's Day is amazing, as the whole city full of spirits to compete this day, but this river with special days or without special days, will charm you !!! Chicago you are a magnificent City and I do not get tired of surrender tribute!

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