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


Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and

Other Funding Opportunities

Image: Landowners attending habitat restoration project.


The Chicago Illinois Field Office helps private landowners, homeowner’s associations, park districts, and other local agencies restore native communities on their property. 


Our office provides both financial and technical assistance to partners on a wide variety of fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects.  Many times restoration projects are a group effort involving other natural resource organizations such as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, or the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  


In addition to the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, our office also participates in several other funding processes and grant programs related to habitat restoration. Examples of activities funded under these programs include, but are not limited to: 


(1) Planting native vegetation to restore prairies, woodlands, wetlands, or other habitats. 


(2) Removal of non-native plants that compete with native fish and wildlife, and alter their habitats.  


(3) Restoring wetland hydrology by plugging drainage ditches, breaking tile drainage systems, or installing water control structures.


(4) Reconstruction of in-stream and streamside habitat through bioengineering techniques.


(5) Conservation Research.  Especially research of issues concerning conservation of federally endangered, threatened, or candidate species, or priority species in Region 3.  


For additional information on habitat restoration and funding opportunities available through the Chicago Illinois Field Office, contact Habitat Restoration Coordinator Mike Redmer at 847-608-3100 ext. 32016.



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Last updated: December 30, 2019