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Celebrate Chicago River Day on May 9th

May 1st, 2015

Chicago River Day is next Saturday, May 9th.  Not only will Chicagoans have the opportunity to help clean up various locations along the Chicago River and Little Calumet River, but Friends of the Chicago River & Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) are also hosting a big celebration to promote its Great Rivers Chicago initiative.

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Volunteering:  Dozens of locations along the Chicago River are hosting volunteers from 9am – 12:00 noon.  Volunteer activities vary from site to site. Volunteer projects on Chicago River Day include trash collection, sorting trash for recycling, removing invasive vegetation, sprucing up river-edge trails, planting native seedlings and more.

Most volunteer sites are suited for ages 8 and above, though a few family-friendly sites are available.

Registrations and information about the available sites can be found on the Chicago River Day website.

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Celebrating:  From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, volunteers and other supporters of the Chicago River can enjoy a free party on the Cherry Avenue Railroad Bridge (connecting North Avenue and Goose Island).  The event is open to the public and will feature music by Windy City Soul Club, family-friendly activities including fishing lessons from the Chicago Park District, free demos from Kayak Chicago, beer from our friends at Goose Island Beer Company, and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks from Chicago food trucks.

MPC and Friends of the Chicago River staff will be on hand to share information about Great Rivers Chicago, their citywide effort to shape a vision for Chicago’s rivers.

Don’t forget to participate in the Great Rivers Chicago survey!

Great Rivers Chicago is still seeking feedback about the current and future state of the Chicago River watershed.  This survey will stay open until June 1, 2015.

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