Distressed Duck Inspires Chicago River Cleanup

Steve Miller
March 19, 2019 - 7:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It started with a North Side neighborhood's concern over a duck in the Chicago River, and now their focus is a clean-up of the water and riverbank near Montrose Avenue.

Walk down the steps on the West Bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River near Montrose.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a duck there. The duck stood out from all the other ducks because he had the plastic rings from a six-pack around his neck.

Tess Smith-Meseth

"We named him Ringo,” said Tess Smith-Meseth, leader of a community group whose goal was first to free the duck from the rings.

Efforts failed. Ringo hasn't been seen in a week.

"It was just a really sad situation. Definitely hoping that he migrated,” she said.

Now, the group has refocused on cleaning up the river at the Montrose bridge.

"It's scary and it's pretty darn gross."

The cleanup is March 30.