Tours

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Chicago River Boat Tour
The MWRD River Boat Tour is a 2 hour tour in the downtown area. The tour begins in Ping Tom Park in Chinatown with a pick up location in downtown and proceeds through downtown. We will pass the Centennial Fountain which the District constructed to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. The boat then heads towards the US Army Corps-operated gate at Lake Michigan, and circles back around. Tour will pick up and drop off participants a Ping Tom Park and downtown Chicago. Limit of 14 participants.

 
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McCook Reservoir
Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the largest reservoir in the world-- the McCook Reservoir.  The tour begins at the Mainstream Pumping Station where we will be bused to the McCook Reservoir, the last and largest of three reservoirs being constructed as part of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP). The tour will give visitors a complete overview of the TARP system and how it functions to improve local water quality and mitigate flooding throughout Cook County. Tour lasts approximately 2 hours and there is a limit of 30 participants.

 
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Stickney Plant with Biosolids Train
This is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. Visitors will get to tour the full wastewater treatment process and MWRD's greenhouse and laboratories. After touring the Stickney WRP, we board the biosolids train to the Lawndale Ave. Solids Management Area (LASMA) in Willow Springs where we will view the biosolid drying fields, view the McCook Reservoir from above and return back to Stickney. Tour will be approximately 3 hours.

 

To sign up for a tour, contact camachoc@mwrd.org