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 next Chicago River Student Congress will be held:
February 2022
Questions about presenting at or simply attending our event can be addressed to

This year's theme was "People, Plants & Animals"

We had a great line-up of student and adult presenters.

Room One Room Two

Keynote: Armon Alex, EarthEcho
Educator of the Year: Melitza Rodriguez


Von Steuben students
Tour of our Learning garden/river

Liza Lehrer
LPZ, Urban Wildlife Institute
Chicago's Urban Wildlife

John Quail and Maggie Jones
Friends of the Chicago River
Restoring Osprey Habitat

Samantha Plencner
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Chicago's Misunderstood Animals

Waters School students
How the River works,
and when it doesn't

Chicago City Day School students
Service Learning at the River

Sydney Nice
Loyola University Chicago
Analysis of an Invader - Buckthorn

Jessica Becker
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Live from the Little Calumet River

Justin Brown
The River's Reversal and
Water Infrastructure

Chicago City Day School students
River vs. Lake Water Quality

Jim Galeno
JG's Reptile Road Show
Live Reptiles

Patrycja Delcourt and Jessica Webb
Xylem, Inc.
How Water Quality is Tested

Justin Brown
Tour of the Treatment Process

Phil Nicodemus
Urban Rivers
Macroinvertebrates in the
Chicago River

Thank you to all who participated in the 2021 Chicago River Student Congress.

Thank you to Von Steuben Metro Science Center, Nettelhorst Elementary School, Waters Elementary School, and Chicago City Day School.

Thank you to EarthEcho International, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo - Urban Wildlife Institute, Urban Rivers, Xylem Watermark, Loyola University Chicago, and Jim Galeno's Reptile Road Show.

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