City delays fall plan for open-water swim in Chicago River

Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago

Doug McConnell said convincing the departments of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Transportation and Fleet and Facility Management, among others, to permit swimming in the water was tougher than he anticipated.

The new target for the swim, from Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown and ending at the Clark Street Bridge in the Loop, is September 2020. McConnell said there was some confusion about who could give them the green light.

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