Though the city of Chicago was built from a swamp, wetland remnants remain only in its most remote corners. Hegewisch Marsh is a prime example of a hemi-marsh, a mix of open water and stands of vegetation. A solar-powered pump could revive this refuge for rare birds and frogs.
Chicago’s far Southeast Side evokes images of factories, abandoned industrial sites and blight. But few realize it’s also home to the city’s largest wetland.Hegewisch Marsh is an oasis of trees, migratory birds and trails that’s undergoing extensive restoration.