During our three week residency at Threewalls, we made work in response to our research into the network created by Chicago’s relationship with its surrounding waters. In addition to numerous field trips, in our first week in the city, we talked with some residents of Chicago about their impressions and opinions of the city’s relationship to water. We found that the most natural place to initiate these conversations was somewhere close to a body of water. We ventured to the river walk and talked to a water taxi guide, to a swimming pool to talk to someone training for a triathlon, to the canal where people were fishing for blue gill and catfish and more. These conversations, paired with readings and field trips, helped us better understand the history and cultural significance of the city’s waterways, as well as give us insights on a personal level to the individual’s relationship and perceptions of the various bodies of water.