Chicago Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Chicago Field Office

230 South Dearborn St.,

Suite 2938

Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-216-4720

FAX: 312-216-1788
TTY: 1-800-877-8339
(Federal Relay)


Map of Chicago Field Office counties of responsibility.




Ecological Services

We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Chicago metro area endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.



For questions about CITES permits, and importing wildlife and wildlife parts, please contact the USFWS Chicago Wildlife Inspection Program (847) 298-3250

Threatened and Endangered Species Program

Protecting and recovering rare and endangered species and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Lakeside Daisy


Chicago Metro Area Species



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - Recovered and DeListed


Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered


Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) - Threatened


Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) - Endangered and Designated Critical Habitat


Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) - Endangered


Eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) - Threatened


Piping plover (Charadrius melodus) - Endangered and Designated Critical Habitat


Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) - Endangered




Eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) - Threatened


Lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis var. glabra) - Threatened


Leafy prairie clover (Dalea foliosa) - Endangered


Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii) - Threatened


Prairie bush clover (Lespideza leptostachya) - Threatened


Pitcher's thistle (Cirsium pitcherii) - Threatened


Critical Habitat in Chicago


Hine's Emerald Dragonfly (2-page PDF)


Piping Plover




NOTE: We do not have jurisdiction over state-listed species. For information on species listed as threatened or endangered by the state of Illinois, please visit the Endangered Species Protection Board and Natural Heritage pages on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' website.



Ten federally listed endangered, threatened, or candidate species occur, or have historically occurred in Northeastern Illinois. Critical habitat has been designated for the piping plover and Hine's emerald dragonfly in our area.


Urbanization and associated land uses, invasive species, and other disturbances have caused habitat loss and contributed to population declines of many species of plants and animals in northeastern Illinois.


Project Reviews and Section 7 Consultation Guidance


Endangered Species Guidance Documents


Section 7 Consultation Process Explained


Step-by-Step S7 Consultation Guide


For more information on federally threatened or endangered species in the Chicago area, contact Kris Lah, our endangered species coordinator.


For information about the Service's endangered species program in the upper Midwest visit or for information on endangered species nationwide, visit the Service's Endangered Species Program.


Permits and Habitat Conservation Plans

Permits can be issued to "take" listed species.


Types of permits and how to apply


Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) in the Upper Midwest


National HCP website


Information about the Endangered Species Act


Endangered Species Act


Overview of the Endangered Species Act


History of the Endangered Species Act


More Information about Endangered Species in Illinois


Threatened, Endangered, Proposed and Candidate Species in Illinois


Illinois Counties and the listed species found there


USFWS Midwest Endangered Species


Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Endangered Species Protection Board


Chicago Field Office Endangered Species Responsibillities

We work with other federal agencies, state and local agencies in the development of projects to minimize and avoid impacts to listed species or designated critical habitat occurring in our area. We are the lead Service office coordinating the recovery activities for the following species:


Hine's emerald dragonfly


Eastern prairie fringed orchid


Mead's Milkweed


We assist agencies and the public by alerting them to the potential presence of federally-listed threatened or endangered species. The Chicago Illinois Field Office annually responds to hundreds of requests for information on the presence of threatened or endangered species. We do this by looking for records of species near or on a proposed project site, and by assessing whether suitable habitat may be on a project site. We also assess indirect effects by considering the total scope of a proposed project. For more information on endangered species consultation, please see our Endangered Species Guidance Documents and the Service's Midwest Region's S7 Technical Assistance Website.



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USFWS Endangered Species Program in the Midwest


Last updated: December 30, 2019