2017 Chicago River Summit

Swimming the Distance: How Do We Get from Here to There?

Last summer, 11 intrepid individuals jumped into the Cal-Sag Channel as part of the Cal-Sag Plunge. This monumental occasion signified that the more than 100-year history of the river as a sewage canal is over and recreation in, on, and along the water is here to stay. 

But is the river really safe enough for swimming? Who says so?  And how do they know?

Please join Friends of the Chicago River, along with other water quality experts, policy advocates, and urban swimming champions as we explore these questions and discuss how to make swimming in the Chicago River system a reality.

Speakers include David Barra, New York Open Water; Jessica Dexter, Environmental Law & Policy Center; Willie Levenson, Human Access Project; and David St, Pierre, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. A panel discussion will follow.

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2017 Chicago River Summit

Swimming the Distance: How Do We Get from Here to There?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

12 noon - 4:30 p.m.

*Lunch is included, and a networking happy hour generously hosted by MillerCoors will immediately follow the event*

Purchase your tickets today! Spots are limited.

Call Andy Donakowski at (312) 939-0490, ext. 15 or email adonakowski@chicagoriver.org for tickets or more information.

The 2017 Chicago River Summit is sponsored MillerCoors, a Molson Coors company.