2017 Chicago River Summit

The 2017 Chicago River Summit was a terrific success!

On March 9, 2017, Friends of the Chicago River united water quality experts, policy advocates, and urban swimming champions to explore the possibility of swimming in the Chicago River system. Hosted by MillerCoors, the 2017 Chicago River Summit featured speakers David Barra, of New York Open Water; Jessica Dexter, from the Environmental Law & Policy Center; Willie Levenson, of Portland's Human Access Project; David St, Pierre, from the MWRD and John Quail, Friends’ director of Watershed Planning.

A Possibility Panel followed, moderated by Elizabeth Bracket of WTTW and featuring Margaret Frisbie (Friends of the Chicago River), MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita, Gavin Van Horn (Center for Humans and Nature), and Richard Wilson (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture). This inspiring half-day event provided a forum for understanding  the history and renaissance of the Chicago River system, while offering examples of successes in other cities and practical steps for advocacy. Q&As after each session enabled attendees to deepen their understanding and interact with a diverse community of river supporters.

Several elected officials attended the sold-out summit, including Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos, and MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila.

As today's Chicago Sun-Times article explains (link), swimming in our river system is not so far 

Click here for the summit agenda

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

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