• March

    Memo from the Director of Contracting re: COVID-19

    For USACE Contractors, As the Director of Contracting for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and let you know that we are actively monitoring the situation in regards to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Attached is the guidance we received on planning for potential Novel Coronavirus Contract Impacts.
  • Today marks 16-year formal partnership with Dixon Elementary

    Today marks the 16th anniversary of the district’s formal partnership agreement signing with Dixon Elementary, a Chicago Public School on the city’s South Side. But the relationship with the school began many years before that.
  • Kissane: Every project we build has a foundation

    Understanding the nature of earth materials from soils and rock that are part of an excavation wall or used in embankments is pretty much imbedded in the mind of Joe Kissane, senior geologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District. His 40-year career has taken him from tunnels around Niagara Falls in Ontario to the Chicago shoreline project.
  • Chicago Harbor Lock – busiest in nation last year for lockages, vessels

    The Chicago Harbor Lock, located in Chicago and adjacent to Navy Pier, separates the waters of Lake Michigan from the Chicago River. It is one of two entrances from the Great Lakes to the Illinois Waterway System. And, according to its Lockmaster Selwyn Tyrone Valley, last year it hit a milestone.
  • February

    Civil engineer reflects on her 18-year career at USACE Chicago District

    For 18 years, Natalie Mills has worked her way up from a summer co-op student to project manager (PM) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Chicago District. And it all started with a flier.
  • Regulatory Branch completes over 1700 permit actions last year, plus more

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Regulatory Branch does more than issue permits. Last year alone, it completed over 1,700 actions that covered permits plus more of what the team does on a daily basis: investigate violations, determine jurisdiction, along with permit compliance inspections and pre-application meetings.
  • January

    USACE Regulatory Branch assists in recovery of World War II Navy aircraft

    From boat slips to seawalls to bridge maintenance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District’s Regulatory Branch has been issuing permits for years. But back in 2011 there was one permit application that took the district back – way back to World War II.
  • USACE fish biologists look forward to 2020 sampling season

    For eight months out of the year, fish biologists at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District take to the waters of Illinois to monitor fish populations at restoration sites throughout its area of responsibility. The team also tracks and monitors Asian carp below the electric dispersal barrier system in Romeoville, Illinois, within the Lockport, Brandon Road, and Dresden Island navigation pools.
  • September

    First visit to Chicago District for new commanding general of Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

    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.
  • August

    Popular pier in Waukegan, Illinois, back open for public

    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.