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MPC and City of Chicago launch Great Rivers Chicago

Chicagoans take great pride in our 28 miles of lakefront, but often forget about our more than 100 miles of riverfront. And yet, our rivers link our economy, environment and communities, and they have incredible potential for so much more.

Over the next 15 months, the City of Chicago and Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with Friends of the Chicago River and others, will embark on a process to reimagine our city's Calumet, Chicago and Des Plaines rivers and riverfronts.

Visit Great Rivers Chicago to take the survey and sign up for updates.

From improved shipping to water quality to dining options, we'll scour existing plans and reach out to business owners, community leaders and residents just like you to create a coordinated vision for our rivers' future. (Here are some thoughts from MPC's Josh Ellis to get you thinking.)

The Riverwalk downtown and efforts throughout Chicago's neighborhoods prove that now is the time to develop a coordinated vision for all of Chicago's riverfront neighborhoods and open spaces. Tying these promising but disparate efforts together will give Chicagoans a network of rivers to rival our Lake Michigan shoreline.

What do you want for tomorrow's rivers? Tell us today and be a part of Great Rivers Chicago!

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