The Chicago River is a lot cleaner than it used to be. And after years of litigation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and environmental groups have agreed to a settlement and will work together to make the river even cleaner. 

The decadeslong fight to clean up the Chicago River took a step forward last week with the resolution of two lawsuits targeting phosphorous discharge that has polluted waters from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.

A rendering based on the new Our Great Rivers project shows pedestrians at the Ashland CTA Orange Line station accessing a water taxi stop along the Chicago River. (Metropolitan Planning Council)

A plan that aims to allow swimming in Chicago’s waterways in less than 15 years was unveiled Wednesday by the city and partnering nonprofits.

The Des Plaines River is expected to reach record levels today. Paris Schutz has the latest.