Wild Mile Chicago


Wild Mile Chicago

The first-ever mile-long floating eco-park in the world

Reclamation of the North Branch Canal and Turning Basin, referred to as “Wild Mile Chicago,” presents the unique opportunity to create accessible public open space for the community. The Wild Mile Chicago concept and plan is outlined in the Wild Mile Framework Plan, which you can download below:


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.


The Vision


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.

We have had three community meetings to gather feedback and input. You can view and download our past presentations and summaries of community meeting on our Get Involved page.


Wild Mile Chicago

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.

Highlights from the framework plan:

North Reach 2.jpg
South Reach 2.jpg

Get Involved

_Y0A7631 (1).JPG