Spend Saturday With Your Mind in the Sewer

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, photograph courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

People love going places they normally can’t go.  It’s why the Chciago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is always such a huge success each year.  But you don’t have to wait until October to get a peek inside one of Chicagoland’s more unusual places: The Stickney Water Reclamation Plant.

Why would you want to?  Well, first off, for bragging rights.  The Cicero facility is the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant.  And by large, we mean 570 acres big.  It can slurp through 1.4 BILLION gallons of wastewater a day.  And get this — it’s been in operation for 85 years.  So it’s historic, too.

Tours start at 10:00am on Saturday, April 18th and run until 2:00pm.


Location: 6001 West Pershing Road, Cicero

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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