Today’s Headlines for Thursday, July 18

  • Man, 68, fatally struck in Humboldt Park, reportedly by dirt bike rider (ABC)
  • The scooter pilot isn’t so bad, says writer Ryan Smith for Chicago mag
  • This weekend’s heatwave could cause some severe strain on paved road and rail tracks (Tribune)
  • Oscar Mayer rents out its Wienermobile to the public through Airbnb (Crains)
  • A segment from last night’s Chicago Tonight covered the Port of Chicago (WTTW)
  • Nearly 50 cars damaged in a series of recent parking garage break-ins (WGN)
  • The CTA weighs in on the Tribune’s reporter rush to O’Hare challenge
  • Would you swim in the Chicago River? WGN Radio is taking a poll 

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  • david vartanoff

    Around the time the Sun Times Daily News building was going up along the river there was a joke told as follows. The construction guys are eating lunch when one dares the others to swim across the river and back. One takes him up and dies the next day of 27 communicable diseases.
    Maybe it is cleaner now???

  • Anne A

    It’s much cleaner than it was even 20 years ago.

  • Austin Busch
  • Dennis McClendon

    Not only does storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and even nonpoint runoff no longer go into the river, but the large number of tour boats nowadays mean the locks are opened many times each summer day, flushing pure Lake Michigan water into the Main Stem of the river.

  • planetshwoop

    Definitely way cleaner. In the 15 years I’ve been living on the North Branch they’ve done a ton to aerate the water, alllow more sunshine (a kind of disinfectant) and wildlife has returned.

    I’m just thrilled for the day when I can bike along it on trails for the full length of Chicago.

  • planetshwoop

    Totally worth a tour when they have an open house. We toured in May, way cool!


    I adore swimming in the lake, but there is no way you will get me in the Chicago River anywhere downstream of Wolf Point. To the east of there, when it has been reliably dry for awhile, and the water is sufficiently the emerald-azure of the lake michigan- that is only when i will swim in the river.

  • Carter O’Brien

    Ah, I went for a visit while they were still in the construction phase of the UV treatment lighting, I take it that is highlighted in the tour?

  • planetshwoop

    In the open house, no. They were more Keen to explain the algae growing operation that harvests phosphates and it wasn’t in the DVD they showed about the district. But the plant is cool enough and in the Open House in October I understand they are more, well, open, to letting people see stuff.