Wild Mile Chicago

UPDATED June 25, 2019

Wild Mile Chicago is a planned 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 Avenue and North Avenue.

The park was conceived as part of the North Branch Framework, adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in 2017, and envisioned as a 17-acre, in-stream river park to be one of the defininig public spaces for the modernization of the North Branch Industrial Corridor.

The concept, outlined over the course of many public meetings in 2018 and 2019, builds on the vision of a renewed urban ecology for the City of Chicago, and will help to create cleaner, healthier water and more vibrant wildlife ecosystems.

The Department of Planning and Development is working with a team of consultants on the framework plan, and a draft is available for public review and comment. Residents are invited to review the document and provide feedback on the project website or through email at DPD@cityofchicago.org.


Wild Mile Framework Cover

Wild Mile Framework


Community Engagement Activities

The chart below provides a summary of past planning initiatives, public engagement, and community input received throughout this process.

Date Initiative Resources
Nov. 26, 2018 Kickoff Community Meeting Presentation
Feb. 7, 2019 Second Community Meeting


Design Boards

April 25, 2019 Third Community Meeting



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