Wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife that depends on the Chicago River for shelter, food, and reproduction. As the quality of both the water and riverside habitat improve, we can expect to see even more animals nearby. When you walk along the river, keep your eyes peeled! We've spotted wildlife in all places along the river, from the bustling downtown section to the more remote headwaters and everywhere in between. 

Email your wildlife questions, stories, or images to wildlife@chicagoriver.org

Click the following animal groups to jump to a particular topic:


Mammals and Birds
Herps and Bugs
Fish
Plants