The framework for the revitalization of the Chicago River is provided by the Chicago River Corridor Development Plan. The five goals of the plan are to:
- Create a connected greenway along the river with continuous multi-use paths along at least one side.
- Increase public access to the river through the creation of overlooks and public parks.
- Restore and protect landscaping and natural habitats along the river, particularly fish habitat.
- Develop the river as a recreational amenity, attracting tourists and enhancing Chicago’s image as a desirable place to live, work, and visit.
- Encourage economic development compatible with the river as an environmental and recreational amenity.
Approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in 1998, the plan sets forth a shared vision for the river and outlines specific recommendations for public and private land and presents strategies for preserving and enhancing the river's natural areas.
Chicago River Corridor Development Plan