Student Congress

The Chicago River Student Congress brings students together to celebrate the Chicago River.

Students share their knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with their peers. Students attend informative workshops and view displays created by other students and by professionals from local colleges, non-profits and government agencies.

The 2022 Chicago River Student Congress was held:
April 30, 2022
It was a small education/service event at Clark Park, co-hosted by Lane Tech College Prep and the Clark Park Advisory Council.

This year's theme was "Litter-Free Chicago/Calumet River"

123 students, teachers, parents, and environmental professionals came together to celebrate the river, restore habitat, and pick-up litter.


Students removed litter from Clark Park during the Student Congress. Photo by Zach Samaras

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Chicago River Student Congress.

Thank you to Lane Tech, DePaul College Prep, Solorio, Von Steuben, Northside College Prep, Nettelhorst Elementary School, Waters Elementary School, and Chicago City Day School.

Thank you to the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Urban Rivers, and Wings & Talons.


Students from Gage Park High School take a bow after putting on a skit about water quality

“It was definitely an eye-opener for me. It was great to see students' hard work on display, and I can't wait for my students to represent themselves at next year's Student Congress.”

Efunyemi Vertus, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School