Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'Des Plaines River'

Des Plaines Sea Monkeys

A news release from the Lake County Forest Preserve reports that ecologists have discovered tiny freshwater shrimp in the Des Plaines river. The shrimp were collected last summer but only recently identified as Mississippi grass shrimp. The presence of...

Wildflowers along the Des Plaines

Last week the suburban Pioneer Press ran a whole series of articles about the Des Plaines River. So I decided to take the Blue Line out to the nearest forest preserve to see the springtime wildflowers along the Des Plaines....

Big River - Day 5

Another muggy night of restless sleep thinking of the dangers ahead. Another thunderstorm in the middle of the night shaking the tent wildly and then disappearing off into the night. We were up before the park opened and packed our...

Obstacles - Day 4

In the exurbs the morning rush hour begins at 4am. The booms and bangs I'd taken to be thunder in the night increased and revealed themselves to be traffic over the plates of the bridge above us. It was a...

Down in the Flood - Day 3

Finally we'd made it to the Des Plaines River. I was surprised how high the murky waters were, but there wasn't much to do about it. Now it was starting to rain, and the mosquitos had found us. Initially we'd...