First phase of Northerly Island expansion underway - FOX 32 News Chicago

First phase of Northerly Island expansion underway

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago's Northerly Island is currently undergoing a $7 million makeover. The first phase of the massive construction effort should be completed by the end of summer.

Northerly Island was built in the 1920s using sand from Lake Michigan. It was once the home of the 1933 Century of Progress World Fair. Located between the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, the 91 acre man-made peninsula used to be the home Meigs Field until former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley had it bulldozed in the middle of the night.

Wednesday morning, construction vehicles were on the island building things, not tearing them down.

The Park District, with leadership and funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers, is building hills and lagoons to attract wildlife and urban dwellers who want to enjoy an urban getaway. It will be a place to jog, bike, camp and learn.

Crews plan to construct a pond and plant 20,000 trees and bushes in the area. The area will also include a prairie wetland, marsh, an oak savannah and fish. 

When the project is complete, visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the city from Northerly Island.

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