Get your Floaty Ready for the Summer Float Party in Two Weeks

We are just two weeks away from the first Chicago Summer Float Party. Add your voice to the hundreds of revelers who will fill the North Branch of the Chicago River with laughter and joy as we float from River Park to Clark Park to experience the magic and pageantry of the Chicago River system, and celebrate the river’s renaissance. 

Like Bike the Drive, the Summer Float Party is a one-day special event on the river. After your float, join us at Clark Park to keep the celebration going. Proceeds of the Chicago Summer Float Party benefit Friends of the Chicago River. This week on 101.9 The Mix, Friends’ Executive Director Margaret Frisbie talked about the Summer Float Party as well as our other award-winning policy, planning, and on-the-ground work.

Tickets and registration information for the Summer Float Party are available now at

Parking is available at Clark Park and free shuttles will transport participants from there to the starting line at River Park so guests can float back. The event is rain or shine and will only be canceled in the event of a combined sewer overflow. Pre-registration is required.

Thank you to our generous sponsors which include the Molson Coors Beverage Company, Backcountry, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, and WM. Partners include MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita, Chicago Park District, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.