Business Engagement Opportunities
Friends offers many great ways for your workplace to contribute to the continued improvement and protection of the Chicago River. From joining colleagues and other river supporters as a sponsor of the Big Fish Ball, to renting out our McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum for a special event, to getting muddy on a riverside Corporate River Action Day or taking a guided canoe trip on the river, there are opportunities to fit every business' needs.
Friends gives companies the opportunity to support the Chicago River at the level that's right for them. All membership gifts help Friends reach their goal of making the Chicago River one of the world’s greatest metropolitan rivers. Click here to join or renew your business membership or download this form.
Chicago River Day • Saturday, May 13, 2017
On Chicago River Day, thousands of volunteers gather for a day of hands-on environmental work throughout the Chicago River system at over 65 sites along the river. Volunteers can collect garbage, remove invasive vegetation, spruce up and maintain river-edge trails, plant native seedlings, and much more. Businesses are invited to sponsor a select site on the river’s banks and engage their employees and family members in a fun and meaningful morning of volunteering. For more information, please click here or contact Joanne So Young Dill at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23.
Big Fish Ball • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Friends’ Big Fish Ball is one of the city’s most unique fundraising events. This summer evening along the main stem of the Chicago River, includes cocktails outdoors along the river, wild guests, a delicious dinner, river-centric spectacles and an after party river boat ride. For more information, please contact Kim Olsen-Clark at (312) 939-0490, ext. 19.
Summer River Cruise • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Friends of the Chicago River’s annual Summer Cruise is a cocktail party on a boat that benefits Friends’ McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. This unique museum houses Friends’ broadest reaching public program and inspires tens of thousands of visitors to learn how they can help protect and improve the Chicago River. The museum is located in a landmark five story bridge tower on Michigan Avenue, is open May-October and welcomed more than 25,000 visitors in 2015. For more information, please contact Joanne So Young Dill at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23.
Free Sunday Sponsorships at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum • May-October 2017
Sponsorships start at $750 and include banners featuring your company logo displayed all day at both entrances of the Bridgehouse Museum, visible to thousands crossing the bridge and on the riverwalk as well as museum visitors, and recognition on the museum website and Friends’ social media outlets. For more information, please contact Joanne So Young Dill at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23.
Unique venue rental in iconic Bridgehouse Museum • April - November
Host your next corporate or private function or celebration at Friends’ unique McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum! Located in one of Chicago's iconic five-story landmark bridgehouses, with unforgettable cityscapes of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, the Bridgehouse Museum can be an amazing venue for your next exclusive event. All-inclusive events start as low as $750. For more information, please contact Joanne So Young Dill at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23. Click here for our brochure.
River Action Days
Friends organizes and leads customized River Action Days for corporate groups, summer associates or organizations to contribute as a team to hands-on river restoration and stewardship. For more information, please contact Maggie Jones at (312) 939-0490, ext. 18.
Urban Canoe Adventures
Friends offers companies the chance to paddle together at many locations along the river by providing all equipment and trained, experienced canoe guides. For more information, please contact Claire Snyder at (312) 939-0490, ext. 14.
Chicago River 101
Engaging river experts lead your employees to a better understanding of river-related environmental issues and how they can help. This involves a lunch-and-learn at your office. For more information, please contact Joanne So Young Dill at (312) 939-0490, ext. 23.
"Our corporate service day with Friends
was terrific. Our team learned about local
environmental needs while helping improve
several areas along the riverbank. We appreciated
the unique experiences offered throughout
the day and the thoughtful planning of Friends' staff."
- Anne Vela-Wagner, Wrigley Company