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Chicago River Corridor Development Plan

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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