US Army Corps of Engineers
Chicago District

Newly appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle, Jr., met one-on-one with employees of the Corps’ Chicago District followed by a tour of current projects during his Sept. 24-27 visit.
One year ago, on July 31, 2018, the first jackhammer struck the dam at River Park where the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel converge on Chicago’s north side. The four-foot high concrete dam was a barrier to healthy ecosystems.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in December 2018 that four Illinois communities will be the recipient of a very competitive USACE pilot program for the beneficial use of dredged materials.
The Chicago District currently has 32 ecosystem restoration projects recently completed or under construction within its footprint of six counties in Illinois and three in northwest Indiana.
The Rio Guayanilla drains approximately 96 square kilometers into the Guayanilla Bay which opens to the Caribbean Sea. There have been 10 major floods in the last 25 years, and most recently in September 2017 during Hurricane Maria. The overbank flooding impacts more than 1100 homes, businesses, industry and utilities with estimated damages to be $2.5 million.
Performing unauthorized work in waters of the United States or failure to comply with the terms of a valid permit can have serious consequences. When in doubt as to whether a planned activity needs a permit, contact the nearest district regulatory office.

News Releases & Features

Chicago District wins top USACE award for FY19 Small Business program
12/5/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District was recognized as the top district in USACE for awarding about 85% of its FY19 contracts to small businesses and about 20% of its contracts to...
Officials mark end of Whiting water main, sewer improvement project
10/2/2019
Oct. 1, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-1), and Whiting Mayor Joseph Stahura held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a water main and sewer improvement...
First visit to Chicago District for new commanding general of Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
9/27/2019
Newly appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle, Jr., met one-on-one with employees of the Corps’ Chicago...
Corps awards contract for Glenview storm-sewer improvement project
9/10/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District awarded a $1.19 million contract Sept. 7, 2019, to Kovilic Construction Company, Inc., of Franklin Park, Illinois, for storm-sewer...
Popular pier in Waukegan, Illinois, back open for public
8/23/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Waukegan Harbor and Marina to reopen the Waukegan South Pier for public use Aug. 22....