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Making and Taking: 2015's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.03.2016 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For broken, derelict and underutilized urban space, 2015 was a good year. In North American cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and elsewhere, landscape architects contributed to the 'urban renaissance.'

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A series of storms swept through Chicago, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks.

Making A Splash In Chicago

Kari Haugeto | Posted 06.05.2016 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Most people know a big city by its skyline, but in Chicago, despite its instantly recognizable silhouette, it's all about the waterways. At least that's how our family sees it.

Nasty: Another Chicago River Re-Reversal Highlights Need for Climate Action

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

From 2007 through 2013, records show, the district released nearly 32 billion gallons of runoff and wastewater into the lake. By contrast, 12 billion gallons poured out from 1985 through 2006, the year the Deep Tunnel sewer pipes were completed.

The Reveler's Guide to Dyeing the Chicago River Green

WHERE | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel

The annual event--happening Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. -- has blossomed into such a spectacle that leprechauns and banshee ballerinas line up in the wee hours for the best spot to watch the process. Now where is that, exactly?

Invasive Species Attack Is An Opportunity For Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

If you are serious about stopping the movement of invasive species between North America's greatest freshwater systems via our town's rivers and canals, you have to build a physical barrier.

2 Dead After Falling Into Chicago River, Third Person Stable

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

One man is dead and a woman -- still missing as of Monday morning -- is presumed dead after falling into the Chicago River; a third man who also fell ...

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

Henry Henderson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

For Chicago to compete, we must have infrastructure that offsets the economic and quality of life impacts that climate change is already throwing at us.

City Hall Continues Investing to Give Chicago the River it Deserves

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Change comes slow. Especially when it runs headlong into 150 years of history. That is certainly the case with the Chicago River, a waterway long maligned and mistreated at the heart of this city.

Chicago River Re-reversal Debate: Getting Infrastructure Ready for the Rigors of Climate Change

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The unplanned flow of contaminated water into Lake Michigan is a serious possibility. This situation is another mind-blowing signal that we have to rethink how we manage the Chicago River.

Will the Chicago River Change Course and Flow Back Into the Great Lakes?

Henry Henderson | Posted 02.23.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The next 50 years of climate change are already baked into the cake, so we need to get serious about dealing with the changes already upon us. We must think big, while also deploying the tools we have now that can help us meet the immediate challenges.

The New and Improved Water Cycle?

Joan B. Rose | Posted 01.26.2013 | Science
Joan B. Rose

Can we improve our reuse of water? Can we enhance our wastewater treatment to produce water fit for beneficial purposes? More water quality testing, better wastewater treatment and acknowledgement of this recycling is needed.

World Toilet Day Has a Different Meaning in Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we celebrate the civilizing influence of indoor plumbing on International Toilet Day, there is nothing civil about the Greater Chicago Region dumping intestinal miasma on our southward neighbors.

Chicago Water Taxi Offers Free Rides For 50th

Posted 10.10.2012 | Chicago

A mainstay on the Chicago River and the transit method of choice for harried downtown commuters, the Wendella Chicago Water Taxi celebrates its 50th a...

PHOTOS: Rahm Has Big Plans For The Riverwalk

Posted 10.08.2012 | Chicago

Continuing his push to ramp up tourism revenue for the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday unveiled ambitious plans to expand the Chicago Riverwalk. ...

EXPO CHICAGO: A River Ran Through It

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Sometimes you need a new perspective on things to see them clearly. Take the Chicago River. Many of us interact with it on a daily basis, but in a passive manner. And, yet when we do pay attention, we don't think of the river as a resource.

Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Mark Nilsson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Chicago
Mark Nilsson

The summer is getting away from us! We've now entered August and the clock is ticking to get out and enjoy the great weather in this living and breathing city.

First-Time Kayaking Teen Rescues Man From Chicago River

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Paramedics say a man who fell into the Chicago River Wednesday afternoon might have drowned had a nearby kayaker not come to the rescue. A man dres...

Asian Carp: Feds' Slick PR Is Not the Solution

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.15.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Last week must have looked like a dismal week for the folks overseeing the efforts to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Reversal & Fortune -- A Fateful Anniversary

Debra Shore | Posted 03.21.2012 | Chicago
Debra Shore

Today we can ponder what our region might have been like had we not reversed the Chicago River. It's a puzzle we're grappling with now as we contemplate carp, climate change, and a livable city for the 21st century.

Chicago River: President's Hometown Joke Underscores Choice Between Dead Zone or Clean Waterway Future

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.17.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Given the withering and unfair attacks launched at the EPA from those who would undo the protections that Americans have come to rely on for their health and safety, it was good to see the President recently take a stand.

Reverse Effect: A Genius Solution to the Chicago River and Asian Carp From Jeanne Gang

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

No single solution can be immediately deployed that will address the many ills of the Chicago River -- or those in most of our urban waterways. What is required is steady, thoughtful and determined work.

Of Bridges and Boathouses: Mayor Emanuel's Chicago River Investment

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The mayor's announcement was a strong, public down payment on the vision of transforming the Chicago River into a clean, safe, and usable "backyard" for Chicago.

Grading Senator Kirk's Lake Michigan Report Card

Henry Henderson | Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we could quibble with some of the letter grades assigned, Senator Kirk deserves much credit for putting together a valuable document that can help stimulate policy discussions about the health of the Great Lakes.

The End of An Era: MWRD Votes to Disinfect Chicago River

Jack Darin | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Today's vote by the MWRD Board of Commissioners means that soon Chicagoans can fully enjoy the Chicago River without worrying about getting sick.