Big Fish Ball



A Special Message

"Thank you for making the Big Fish Ball a rousing success on June 13. Friends raised more than $260,000 to help make the Chicago River one of the world's greatest metropolitan rivers. We hope to see you next year."

Co-Chairs David Wong of Certare Ventures and Robert Sit of Site Design Group

Click Here to read the Chicago Tribune article on the Big Fish Ball

About the Big Fish Ball

The Big Fish Ball is Friends' largest fundraising event that includes a fabulous cocktail hour on the river with an amazing opportunity to get up close and mingle with river animals such as groundhogs, raptors, snakes, turtles, and much more. During the scumptious three-course dinner and program, we honor the recipients of the Chicago River Blue Awards. The evening also includes a raffle and silent auction featuring unique prizes and certificates from local businesses that support Friends' mission throughout the year.

Your evening doesn't end at once the emcee says good night. You can make a whole night of it when you buy tickets to our special Shoreline Sightseeing After Party Cruise that immediately follows our gala. The cruise is a wonderful way to see the river and city’s amazing architecture in semi-darkness while sipping cocktails. 

To discuss sponsorship and table purchases or raffle/silent auction donations for 2018, please contact Kim Olsen-Clark at (312) 939-0490, ext. 19 or

Interested in volunteering next year?  We need greeters, raffle and silent auction volunteers, photographer assistants, and more! Contact Maggie Jones with any questions. 

It’s never too late to make a donation to support Friends. Click here to learn how your gift supports the Chicago River system. 


Photography: Ian Ace Photography