Chicago River Fishing Can be Year Round

When Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released 195,000 juvenile channel catfish into the river we knew they were joining fish of their own kind and over 70 other species distributed downtown, up north, in the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, and all along the Little Calumet. Among the many native species are sport fish like large mouth bass and a variety of sunfishes.

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Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Promises Water and Wildlife Benefits

The developers of Lathrop Homes are closer to digging and their plans revealed to Friends' Planning Committee in January show a natural river edge alive with opportunity for wildlife and for people to share the river. Last fall Friends walked the riverbank with Related Midwest designers who promised a soft river-edge alive with native flowers, shrubs, and trees along with other habitat benefits.

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New Osprey Nest Goes Up at the Botanic Garden

On Friday, January 29 Friends installed the second of at least six planned osprey nesting platforms at the Chicago Botanic Garden just north of Dundee Road.  The Botanic Garden, which is hydrologically part of the Skokie Lagoons complex, is an excellent location for a nest.

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WYCC Brings TARP and Stormwater Alive

This fall WYCC Channel 20 taped a comprehensive segment that outlines how the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan  (TARP, aka Deep Tunnel) functions to help people understanding the complex system and the need for green infrastructure.

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Google Street View for the River: Take a Virtual Tour Down the River

Friends of the Chicago River is thrilled to announce that the Chicago River has joined some of the few rivers in the world including the Thames, the Seine, and the Hudson in being Streetviewed by Google. On an expedition initiated by Friends’ board member, Kevin Hartman, Google’s head of analytics, members of the “Streetview” team captured the mystery and the majesty of the river when drivers took their tools to the water where they traveled the Main Stem, up north around Goose Island, and down into Bubbly Creek to bring the river to life for people around the world.

Press Release 1.21.16


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Channel Catfish Coming to a Riverwalk Near You

Plans are underway for a new exhibit along the Chicago Riverwalk designed by Friends of the Chicago River to educate the thousands of passersby about the Chicago River and what lives in it. The exhibit is intended to complement the Friends and Illinois Department of Natural Resources project which included the installation of 400 constructed channel catfish nesting cavities and the release of 195,000 juvenile catfish.

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The Atlantic Covers Catfish

In 2014-2015 Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources designed and installed 400 nesting cavities for native channel catfish. The project has captured the imaginations of many and included the release 195,000 juvenile fish.

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Big Awards for River Improvement

Friends of the Chicago River is thrilled to announce that we were selected to receive two Chi-Cal Rivers Fund awards. One is $105,000 for our North Shore Channel/North Branch Plant Restoration Project project which will improve fish habitat and the other is as a partner  of a $270,000 grant for Centennial Volunteers which Friends co-founded. Centennial Volunteers do restoration work in forest preserves along the river in Cook County.

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Friends Awards Volunteers and River Spirits

At Friends' October 21 Annual Meeting we recognized some of the many people who help us meet our mission through their membership, volunteerism, or professional skill. Without such dedicated allies the river would never has progressed so far and Friends is grateful to them all.

2014 River Champions

Steve Pescitelli and Bob Rung

2015 River Champions

Oswaldo Chaves and Michelle Woods

2014 Spirit of the River

Henrietta Saunders

2015 Spirit of the River

James Doyiakos

2014 Volunteer of the Year

Adam Flickinger

2015 Volunteer of the Year

Mike Tuttle

Thank you to all our volunteers and members who joined us at this event on Wednesday, October 21! 

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