Riverwalk Opening Makes Headlines

The opening of the long awaited Chicago Riverwalk made headlines with a press conconference hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with retired U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, and Friends' executive director, Margaret Frisbie.

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Opening the Chicago Riverwalk with Mayor Emanuel

Friends' of the Chicago River was thrilled to join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual for the grand opening of the Phase 2 Chicago Riverwalk. Friends' founders called for a continous Chicago River trail when we were founded in 1979 and this charamatic section is key to the concept. 

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Friends' Executive Director Live from the CAF

The Chicago Riverwalk is a new sensation and the Chicago Architecture Foundation invited Friends' executive director, Margaret Frisbie, to join Riverwalk architect, Carol Ross Barney, and city planner, Benet Haller, to speak about its role and evolution.

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Lights Up and Bid Now

Watch for beautiful blue lights illuminating Chicago buildings this month in honor of the 10th anniversary of Friends' Big Fish Ball. This gala event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for river improvements and created a network of river advocates who are Chicagoland's corporate leaders. 

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Bridgehouse Museum Lectures Underway

June 1 kicked off Friends' summer lunchtime lecture series, Understanding the New Chicago River, taking place Mondays at our Bridgehouse Museum. Highlighting how much healthier and more accessible the river is now than it was a few decades ago, topics include river wildlife, water quality, river-edge parks and recreation and what's new with Asian carp.

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Bat Colonies Making Headlines

This week The Forest Way, the on-line newsletter for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, ran a story about Friends' bat colony project. Friends has been working with Forest Preserve staff on habitat initiatives that help native species reproduce more effectively.

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