Wild Mile Chicago will be the first-ever mile-long floating eco-park in the world

Wild Mile Chicago will be a floating eco-park located on the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River, a manmade channel along the east side of Goose Island between Chicago Ave and North Ave. Wild Mile Chicago was first conceived as part of the North Branch Framework Plan. (Click here to download the North Branch Framework Plan PDF.)

Community Driven

The North Branch Framework, which was produced in partnership with the community and was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in 2017, envisioned a 17-acre in-stream river park to be one of the defining public open spaces for the modernization of the North Branch Industrial Corridor. This idea, outlined over the course of many community meetings, builds on the vision of a renewed urban ecology for the city of Chicago and helps to generate cleaner, healthier water and more vibrant wildlife ecosystems.

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Framework Plan

The Vision

The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development is working with a consultant team to prepare a framework plan for the North Branch Canal and Turning Basin (referred to as “Wild Mile Chicago”), which would define the vision and context for the design and implementation of this project. Reclamation of the North Branch Canal and Turning Basin presents the unique opportunity to gain access for public open space.

The Goal

The goal of the Wild Mile Chicago Framework Plan is to create a new environment for (1) habitat, (2) recreation, and (3) education. The community’s input and feedback is vital to creating new access to the river, educational and recreational opportunities, in addition to the implementation of ecology and habitat.

Get Involved!


There will be many opportunities to get involved and provide feedback throughout the design process of Wild Mile Chicago. One of the best ways to share your feedback is to attend our first community meeting at the end of November. At this kick-off meeting, the project team will present interactive displays and listen to your ideas and input to help direct the goals, objectives, and priorities of Wild Mile Chicago.


Community Meetings

Thank you to all who attended our Kickoff Community Meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018. Your feedback is essential in designing Wild Mile Chicago!

Next Community Meeting:

  • Date - Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • Time - 6 to 7:30 pm

  • Location - 1111 N. Wells St. (Cornerstone Center: Leslie Hall)