North Shore Channel

canal in Illinois, United States of America
The North Shore Channel near the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
At the south end of the North Shore Channel, the North Branch of the Chicago River flows over a small dam into the confluence. View looking northwest, near River Park in Chicago.

The North Shore Channel is a canal built between 1907 and 1910 to flush the sewage-filled North Branch of the Chicago River down the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.[1] The sewage carrying duty has been largely taken over by the Chicago Deep Tunnel, but there are still occasional discharges due to heavy rains.[2]


  1. Hill, Libby (2000). The Chicago River, A Natural and Unnatural History. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. pp. 139–151. ISBN 1-893121-02-X.
  2. "CSO - Operational and Maintenance Plan Summary". Village of Willmette. Retrieved 23 June 2014.