Chicago River Revival Festival & Big Jump

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In honor of Friends' 40th Anniversary, please join us for the Chicago River Revival Festival and the Third Annual Big Jump! Presented by McDermott Will & Emery at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown on Saturday, September 7, 2019 the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. 


Activities include: MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita and Friends’ 3rd Annual Big Jump, the Chicago River Photobomb, lion dancers, food trucks, music, park tours, canoeing , fishing, live river animals, and other fun river activities. You are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic if you like.


REI is offering 40% off kayak rentals as well!


Parking is available at the fieldhouse but limited so please come:


  • By WaterTaxi! Wendella is offering 1/2 price tickets on day passes September 1 - 8th if you use the discount code REVIVAL. This will allow you to explore the river by boat which is always fun!
  • Via mass transit using CTA Red Line Chinatown stop


Here is the schedule:


9 a.m.: Opening Press Conference

9:30 a.m.: Big Jump!

10 a.m.: Tai Chi Class

10 a.m.: Fifth House String Quartet

10:30 a.m.: Park Tour

11:30 a.m.: River Photobomb

11:45 a.m.: Lion Dancers Performance

12 noon: Mural Dedication

1 p.m.: Chinese opera

1 p.m.: River Conservation Projects Q&A

1:45 p.m.: Traditional Chinese music

1:30 p.m.: Park Tour

2:30 p.m.: Mariachis

3 p.m.: Park Tour

3 p.m.: River System Planning Q&A

3:30 p.m.: Blue Fish Boys


Live animals will be on display between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Animals scheduled to appear are a barred owl, a barn owl, a Red-tailed hawk and box turtles.


To find out more about the event, please revisit this webpage for more details, sign up for our weekly e-alerts at Contact Annette Anderson, volunteer and events associate, at (312) 939-0490, ext. 14 to learn more about volunteering, jumping, or contributing to the Chicago River Revival Festival.


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Kim Olsen-Clark, director of development, at (312) 939-0490, ext. 19.


If you are a media professional, please contact Andrew Herrmann, director of communications, at (312) 939-0490, ext. 12.


Special thanks to McDermott Will & Emery, presenting sponsor; MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita, Big Jump co-host; and the Chicago Park District, event partner.


Presenting Sponsor