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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

The Suckers: Great Lakes’ “best supporting fishes” are important to the food web
- by Sandra Svoboda

Karen Murchie, director of freshwater research at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, talked all about suckers and what they mean for the Great Lakes in this Q&A with GLN Host Ward Detwiler.

Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement
- by Circle of Blue

The response to Chicago’s lead pipe replacement project is a story playing out in neighborhoods across the country. Government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust.

See the Sturgeon: The many ways to see, touch and appreciate sturgeon around the region
- by Noah Bock

Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Fest celebrates a multi-year lake sturgeon restoration program and is just one of a long list Great Lakes Now has compiled on sturgeon-related activities to explore this summer.

Birds on Film: Filmmaker Bob Dolgan talks about Chicago’s piping plovers with Great Lakes Now
- by Sandra Svoboda

“The goal of the film was to show how people and birds can interact and co-exist,” Dolgan says in this GLN interview.

Drinking Water Roundup: Biden administration invests millions in rural water, treatment plant uses ultraviolet, lead pipe removal in Flint
- by Rachel Duckett

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

In Chicago, Flooding Overwhelmingly Strikes Communities of Color
- by Circle of Blue

Chicago’s leaders have poured billions into ambitious programs to keep water away from roads and buildings. But urban flooding continues—overwhelmingly in communities of color—forcing experts to turn to new solutions.

Chicago’s Adler Planetarium won’t fully reopen until 2022
- by The Associated Press

Planetarium officials said they’ll start offering some events in July, but due to financial difficulties the full reopening will be in March 2022.

Drinking Water Roundup: Lead pipes in Illinois and Minnesota, rare one-person grand jury used in Flint water criminal case, increased Line 3 pumping
- by Rachel Duckett

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day
- by The Associated Press

A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday.

Raining PFAS: Amount of PFAS found is outpacing legacy contaminants
- by Andrew Blok

A basin-wide precipitation monitoring program is finding PFAS showing up all around the Great Lakes, from Chicago to Sleeping Bear Dunes.

High waves wash out Chicago beaches as Lake Michigan reopens
- by The Associated Press

The high waves closed most beaches to swimming Friday, the first day they were to be reopened since closing over a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Water Access: As moratoria on shutoffs end, old problems return to the forefront
- by Kari Lydersen

As moratoria expire across the Great Lakes region, advocates say ongoing affordability and debt relief are key.