There are different ways for you to get involved at Friends: Take Action, DonateVolunteer, Attend, or Business Opportunities. Take a look to see what fits you best.

Take Action

Taking action feels good.  Here are a couple ways to be involved that you can do from your home or work. 

  • Be the Eyes and Ears of the River: Find out "Who to Call" when you see pollution in the river.
  • Sign up for Overflow Action Days alerts - We will send you fun and interesting reminders before and during a rain event.  These e-communications will be used to gently remind all of us to conserve water at home and work. It will include interesting links, videos, and facts about water conservation. Please sign up and help keep stormwater and wastewater out of our waterways.

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Help us make the Chicago River one of the world’s greatest metropolitan rivers! Support Friends of the Chicago River by becoming a member today. We are excited to share everything that we know about the river and how to make it better for people, plants, and animals.


After a volunteering, this group has a little fun around the brush pile burn.

Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty or help plan special events, Friends of the Chicago River has a way for you to get involved! 

Sign-up today to become a Chicago River Eco-warrior and join the ranks of dedicated people all across the region standing up to protect the Chicago River. 

Join our Canoe Program as a Volunteer Canoe Guide. Details about our program and how to apply can be found here.

Check out our events page to find out more about upcoming volunteer events, like Chicago River Day


Learn more about the Chicago River by visiting the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum or joining us for a canoe trip. View our events page to find more about upcoming events to attend.

Sign up for our weekly e-news to stay informed about fun events, policy updates, and ways to get involved.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for great photos, videos, and fun activities occuring at the Chicago River.