Chicago River Day
In 1992, Friends of the Chicago River hosted 25 volunteers for “Chicago River Rescue Day.” That small group “rescued” the river by pulling old shopping carts, mattresses, and plastic bags from its banks. Little did they know that day would continue year after year, evolving into Chicago River Day which now hosts over 4,000 volunteers at 70 sites along the river each year.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9 a.m.—12 noon
We cordially invite you to join Friends and over 4,000 volunteers with thousands more beyond the banks for the 21st Chicago River Day. Volunteers will gather for a day of hands-on environmental work along the Chicago River. Volunteers range in age from pre-schoolers to seniors, represent a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds, and reside throughout the 673-square mile Chicago River watershed. They work side-by-side to collect garbage and sort for recycling, remove invasive vegetation, spruce up river-edge trails, plant native seedlings, and much more.
CHICAGO RIVER DAY 2013 SPONSORSPresented by: Exelon
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cynthia Weglarz Rountree Fund
Firestone Complete Auto Care
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SCALE Grant
Wendella & the Chicago River Water Taxi