Waterfront Planning

Click on the link below to visit the official City of Blue Island Waterfront Planning webpage:

City of Blue Island Waterfront Planning webpage


Blue Island’s waterfront is a unique resource for recreational opportunities, economic development and quality of life for our community and neighbors.


We are seeking your ideas to help craft a plan for transforming the Cal-Sag into an inviting and scenic front yard for the community.


All residents are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming sessions to speak with the planning team about your ideas and hopes for the area. Together, Blue Island is ready to re-imagine our waterways and create an incredible new space for the community to enjoy.


Get involved:


A public town hall meeting will be held Tuesday Nov. 5 at Blue Island Park District headquarters at Memorial Park, 12804 S. Highland Ave.


Project organizers recently hosted a series of public placemaking audits at several locations along the canal. Check back soon to see what Blue Island residents had to say about their visions for the waterfront!


Dates and times for additional public meetings will be announced soon.


About the project:


Following the recent lease of 130 acres from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Blue Island has joined forces with the Metropolitan Planning Council, Weaver Boos Consultants and Smith Group JJR to develop a long-term plan for the redevelopment and revitalization of the Cal-Sag waterfront.


Stretching from Kedzie Avenue on the west to Racine Avenue on the east, the project area encompasses both the north and south sides of the channel. While most of the land is currently fenced off from public use, planners hope to create a space that improves quality of life for area residents while simultaneously generating new economic activity in the area.


The project coincides with the upcoming development of the Cal-Sag Trail — a 26-mile walking trail stretching from Lemont to the Burnham Greenway near the Indiana border — and several other economic development initiatives aimed at creating a healthier, more vibrant Blue Island.



Click here for more information on how other lllinois groups have transformed leased MWRD land into usable spaces for their respective communities.


For more information about the Blue Island waterfront planning project contact:


Jason Berry

City of Blue Island