Help clean up the Chicago river system this Saturday, May 14, 2016 during the annual Chicago River Day event. This metro-wide volunteer day spans the river’s 156-mile system and runs from 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
Volunteers will work along the river banks and help to remove tons of litter and sort out recyclables, but can also support construction of river trails, remove invasive vegetation, and plant native plants.
At most sites, the minimum age for volunteers is eight years old.
Chicago River Day will proceed rain or shine.
For locations and registration information, visit the Friends of the Chicago River website.
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.
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.
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.
Great Rivers Chicago is seeking feedback about the current and future state of the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines rivers. Metropolitan Planning Council, Friends of the Chicago River and the City of Chicago have joined forces as “Great Rivers Chicago” to create a coordinated long-term vision and plan for economic and community development along Chicago’s riverfronts.
Their survey is available in both English and Spanish. It asks respondents to focus on particular areas of the river when giving feedback on its current uses, quality, and access as well as its ideal future.
“Much like Lake Michigan is Chicago’s front yard, the Chicago River is our backyard, and should be an asset that people across the city enjoy,” said Mayor Emanuel. “With the excitement seen around the Chicago Riverwalk expansion, now is the right time to ask residents how they want to interact with their rivers in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods and today’s partnership is the first of many steps that will lead to greater use of the river ways by Chicagoans.”
The survey is available at greatriverschicago.com and takes about 10 minutes to complete.