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Chicago and the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Now's coverage of the Windy City from kayaking to water shutoffs and more.

Great Lakes Now Featured Articles About Chicago

Animal Quiz: What Great Lakes aquarium animal are you in quarantine?
- by Natasha Blakely

Take a breather from everything else going on in the world and try this lighthearted Great Lakes Now quiz.

Day in the Life: How are Shedd Aquarium’s animals coping in the absence of visitors?
- by GLN Editor

“All the animals notice the lack of the public,” said Eve Barrs, senior aquarist at Shedd.

Record Rainfall Prompts Reversal of Chicago River into Lake to Ease Flooding
- by WTTW News

The uncommonly wet May caused river levels to spike and taxed the region’s storm sewers.

State Struggle: Budget shortfalls stall Asian carp plan, put cleanups at risk
- by Gary Wilson

Federal funding to the Great Lakes and various Great Lakes projects continues, while state-level funding remains an issue.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: DTE Energy rate hike, Chicago firm fined for polluting canal
- by Ian Wendrow

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s fortnightly energy-related headline roundup.

To protect people in the Great Lakes region from climate extremes, weatherize their homes
- by The Conversation

As climate change makes heat waves more frequent across the region and the nation, cities will need more tools to protect their residents.

Earth Day 2020: How to participate from the safety of your home
- by Natasha Blakely

This year’s Earth Day is a special one, and not just because it’s the 50th anniversary of the event.

Environmental Justice During COVID-19: Communities bear extra burden
- by Gary Wilson

The water shutoffs issue highlights the broader problems that communities in poorer or more polluted areas are facing.

After the Flood: How Chicago is coping with the effects of climate change
- by Belt Magazine

The city has begun short-term erosion mitigation measures along Chicago’s shoreline.

From Rust to Resilience: Climate change brings new challenges and opportunities
- by Ensia

Great Lakes Now is sharing work from our partners in a project on what climate change means for Great Lakes cities. Here is the initial piece in the series.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Toxic coal ash, utility company water withdrawal, Line 5
- by Ian Wendrow

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s energy-related headline roundup.

Sporting Uncertainty: COVID-19 casts shadow over Great Lakes sports events
- by Gary Wilson

Events around the lakes are being canceled, postponed or put on hold until more information comes out.