This afternoon I found myself crossing the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River, aka, “Bubbly Creek,” at 31st Street. This poor waterway served for many years as the dumping ground for the Union Stockyards just to the south. The water still bubbles, processing the waste from several decades of abuse. See Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for context. It’s slowly recovering but has a long way to go.