From Industrial Waste to Floating Wetlands, How Chicago’s Wild Mile is Reinventing the Urban River

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  • The Wild Mile is a planned mile-long floating wetland and trail built on the Chicago River as it winds around Goose Island.
  • The artificial wetlands have native plants suspended in the water. These plants have become habitats for insects which attracts birds.
  • The growing Wild Mile should be seen as a model for other cities with underutilized rivers.

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