Tributary Committee

We are a group of energized emerging leaders committed to helping make the Chicago River one of the greatest rivers in the world. Follow us on Facebook.

2021 Upcoming Events

A Message from Friends of the Chicago River Tributary Committee:

Due to the ongoing concerns about the outbreak of Coronavirus, we continue to meet online. Please join us as we gather together virtually for happy hours and movie and trivia nights.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Olsen-Clark, director of development, at (312) 939-0490, ext. 19, or at

Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 virus.

Tributary Committee


Past Events



Thursday, August 29- Birthday Splash at Metropolitan Brewing - raised more than $3,000 towards Friends' mission.

Thursday, February 28 - Bottoms Up at Rock Bottom Brewery - our first fundraiser which raised more than $5,000 towards Friends' mission.

Wednesday, April 10 - Game-night takeover at Half Acre to sample Lucky Catfish Lager, a limited-edition beer brewed in honor of the Chicago River system and Friends in collaboration with REI Co-Op and Half Acre Beer.

2018 Past Events

Tuesday, November 13 - Trivia night at Theory (9 W. Hubbard) in River North

Saturday, November 17 – Inspire 2018 Auxiliary Board Summit hosted by All A-Board Alliance

Tributary Committee members:

  • Join at the Black-Crowned Night Heron Level ($156 total/$13 per monthly option/$1 for each mile of the river)—join here
  • Commit to raise $500 each year in cash or in-kind donations (includes membership)
  • Commit to one volunteer event a year
  • Assist with two fundraising events each year
  • Attend quarterly Tributary Committee meetings
  • Have the opportunity to join a variety of sub-committees
  • Have access to networking events with other Tributary Committee members and Friends’ Board of Directors
  • Have access to opportunities to learn about ecology, history, and planning of the Chicago River system 

Complete the online statement of interest here or send an email to