New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout
Jan18

New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout

Remember when it rained last week and all the snow began to melt?  You can thank a new bit of Chicago’s deep tunnel system for keeping that mess out of your basement. For the first time, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District used its McCook Reservoir in southwest suburban Hodgkins to slurp up excess runoff until it could be treated and flushed down Saint Lous way. When fully complete, McCook will have a total capacity of...

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You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project
Jul27

You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project

People love taking tours of places that few can go.  And people love seeing the inner working of Chicago’s built environment.  Those are two reasons that the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago is such a big hit. If you’re the sort of person who looks forward to rare tours of constructed spaces, then the  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has an opportunity for you. For a few weekends,...

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