63rd Street Dune


Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) Program, Section 506 on the Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended


The 63rd Street Dune restoration project is approximately 21-acres in size and includes lacustrine, beach and dune habitat. The lacustrine portion includes natural cobble pockets along the existing jetty as habitat for invertebrates, fishes and potentially mudpuppies. Placed on top of the cobble pockets are sunken trees to increase the vertical habitat structure for fishes. Two coastal plant communities were restored, one along the current beach area and one landward of the beach, with native dune grasses including marram grass and little bluestem grass. Prickly pear cactus can also be found in the restored dune area. The state endangered sea rocket has established colonies in the area between the water and the dune. This natural area is used during the migration seasons by waterfowl, and several species of shorebirds were observed: including the Tricolored Heron and the Federally endangered Piping Plover.


Total Project Cost:

  $ 787,000

Federal Cost:

  $ 511,550

Non-Federal Cost:

  $ 275,450

*This was the GLFER Section 506 project to use Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds to award the construction contract.


This project is in construction phase. The contract was awarded to Conservation Land Stewardship, Inc. in September 2009, and completed in October 2011. The local sponsor, Chicago Park District, completed three years of establishment activities in fall 2013. The project was closed out in September 2014.

Project Manager

Kirston Buczak