Chicago River Wildlife Cruise a Total Sell Out

On September 28, Friends' education manager, Mark Hauser, served as a key expert on the Chicago Tribune's second Chicago River Wildlife Cruise. This time they traveled down the South Branch to Bubbly Creek spotting a multitude of birds and other creatures including black crowned and great blue herons.

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Disinfection Digging Starts

 Thirteen years after Friends first called for sewage treatment plant effluent disinfection in our report, Waterways for Our Future, yesterday the ceremonial shovels hit the ground.

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Garbage Impacts Chicago River's Health

The Chicago River is no longer the dumping ground it used to be, yet there is still plenty of garbage thoughtlessly discarded near and in the river not to mention what flows in during rain events or combined sewer overflows. Find out how that garbage impacts the river's health through a new study.


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Big Fish Ball was a great success!

Friends of the Chicago River  hosted its 8th Annual Big Fish Ball on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. This annual fundraising event was held along the river on the Merchandise Mart’s Riverside Drive between the Wells Street and Franklin Street bridges. Unique river-centric spectacles and surprises were a part of this one-of-a-kind gala benefitting the river. We want to share this great video that captured the spirit our our gala event. Thanks to all our guests and sponsors for supporting us this year and making it the most successful Big Fish Ball yet!

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Shall we Gather At the River

Check out this video produced by the Chicago Park District for the River Fest, a musical celebration of one of Chicago's most important landmarks and treasures, the Chicago River. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Park District partnered with Friends of the Chicago River to spotlight our river and bring people down  to celebrate its renaissance and recovery.

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