Folks interested in enjoying the Chicago River system and the city's beaches now have a one-stop website covering ways to have safe water fun. ChicagoWaterFun.com, launched by the non-profit Friends of the Chicago River just in time for the summer season, covers: Water quality, swimming, fishing, hiking, and paddling.Continue Reading »
Friends of the Chicago River executive director Margaret Frisbie appeared with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he talked about the latest successes with his Building on Burnham plan that aims to create a "two waterfront" city.Continue Reading »
Nearly four dozen Chicago River Day captains met to prepare for our annual cleanup event ahead of its May 12 date. Check out who came and how you can join them for this rewarding and fun project.Continue Reading »
Friends of the Chicago River care for a number of local bat maternity colonies. Friends Conservationist Programs Specialist Maggie Jones explains the effort and shows us, via video, one such colony.Continue Reading »
If it’s spring, we’re out in the field – and we could use your help. Recently, our conservation programs specialist Maggie Jones checked in on a few of our South Side projects to do a post-winter look.
Among them were osprey nesting platforms.Continue Reading »
Mayor Rahm Emanuel signals support for U.S. Army Corps of Engineering plan; A new idea for fighting Asian carp?Continue Reading »
When it comes to the Chicago River, parks yes, "ChiDisney" no.
A new 24-acre park on the east bank of the North Branch near the Lincoln Yards project is a bold plan that provides "everything urban open space should,” said Friends of the Chicago River Executive Director Margaret Frisbie. The Chicago Sun-Times agreed, calling the idea "a golden opportunity."
The other proposal is an aerial tram that would link the Riverwalk to Navy Pier. We predict pylons obstructing river views and crowding pedestrian traffic along the Riverwalk. A number of our Facebook friends agree.Continue Reading »
"We appreciate the promoters desire to make Chicago an even better place to visit," said Margaret Frisbie, Friends' executive director. "But as a city and a region we spent too many years looking down on the Chicago River literally and figuratively and we don’t want that to happen again.”Continue Reading »
This week Friends of the Chicago River and a diverse group of civic leaders and stakeholder groups released their vision for a concept park along the North Branch of the Chicago River within the footprint of the North Branch Framework Plan, the first rezoning leveraged by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative.
Designed to complement the new plan and Sterling Bay’s massive Lincoln Yards development, the North Branch Park and Nature Preserve envisions a signature park located within the former Planned Manufacturing District footprint to illustrate how adjacent environmentally-challenged and underutilized parcels can be assembled and transitioned into an amenity that elevates value for Lincoln Yards, serves Chicago residents, and enhances the ecology of the Chicago River.
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On March 13, 2018, Friends was honored to receive a resolution presented by the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners for "decades of service and advocacy" to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.Continue Reading »