Lake Michigan may be Chicago's front yard, but the Chicago River is its backyard -- and it's getting some sprucing. That was Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sentiment as he announced a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up the Chicago River and improve water quality. The city also announced its own improvements.
Four new boathouses will be designed by Chicago architects and will be located at the following addresses:
Other changes include expanding Ping Tom Memorial Park and developing more river trails. Money for the construction will be split between public funds and private donations.
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