Chicago River Day 2018 Photos: Spring Cleaning Attracts Thousands
Some 2,000 volunteers turned out on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 70 sites across the Chicago area for Friends of the Chicago River’s annual cleanup day, removing plastic, cans, tires and other trash.
Volunteers for Chicago River Day, first held in 1992, have over the years carted off tons of garbage from the Chicago River system and restored banks throughout its 156 miles of shoreline.
“The Chicago River system has improved dramatically thanks, in part, to volunteers such as those who turned out today,” said Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director of Friends of the Chicago River. “As water quality improves and work is done on land restoration, more and more people are coming to appreciate this natural treasure.”
Thanks to all who participated. Thanks, too, to Exelon, our presenting sponsor; PepsiCo, Chicago River Day's lead sponsor; and all the generous supporters of this year's event.
Friends of the Chicago River is the only organization solely dedicated to the Chicago River system.
Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.