Changing Course: Revitalizing the Chicago River

PRN Chicago 2013 -3 Photo credit: Lisa Janes

Last Wednesday, a group of over 100 environmentalists, architects, outdoor enthusiasts, students, and citizens came out to hear the Healthy Water Solutions Coalition, Studio Gang Architects, the Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative discuss a revolutionary way to revitalize the Chicago River—by restoring the natural divide between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This monumental undertaking would bring incredible benefits not just to Chicago, but also to the Midwest region as a whole. With separation we would have the opportunity to tackle at long last multiple problems stemming from our aging infrastructure—issues such as invasive species, flood management, and pollution. At the same time, this renovation would engage people with the River, bringing people to a cleaner and more accessible waterfront for play and industry.

PRN Chicago 2013-6 photo credit: Lisa Janes

We want to thank everyone for joining us and showing your interest in one of our city’s greatest resources. If you want to learn more, please find us at A project of this magnitude doesn’t happen alone, and we will keep you updated in keeping this vision a reality!

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• Join the Healthy Water Solutions coalition—yes, you! We’re more than environmentalists and architects. HWS consists of interested individuals, local businesses, recreation groups, and other stakeholders. Visit our Get Involved page for access to our guiding principles, and sign on in support of our coalition! If you have the authority to sign up your organization or business, please read our resolutions and email us at


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