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12th Annual Big Fish Ball

The Big Fish Ball is Friends' annual fundraiser, where 500 civic, philanthropic, business, and community leaders and river enthusiasts celebrate the Chicago River system at this river-centric event. This year we will be at The Westin Chicago River North.

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Chicago River Evening Paddle

Join us in a leisurely moonlit jaunt along the Chicago River as the sun sets and the river transitions to a nocturnal landscape. Witness how the river changes as you canoe along tree-lined banks through quiet neighborhoods. Use all of your senses and the light of the moon to guide you, and keep an eye out for wildlife. 

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North Branch Wilderness Paddle

Our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife, including herons, turtles, mink and deer. We'll paddle six river miles from Winnetka to Morton Grove along the North Branch of the Chicago River, passing through quiet, forested landscapes as the narrow river meanders back and forth. 

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Moonlight Lagoons Paddle

Join us in an exclusive after-hours moonlit paddle through the Skokie Lagoons. Keep your eyes and ears open as the nocturnal world comes awake! Night paddling is not normally permitted in the Forest Preserves, so this is a special opportunity to experience the lagoons from a rare perspective. 

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