Chicago River Day

Save the Date for Chicago River Day
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
May 11, 2024


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Look out for more volunteer info this winter

Amazing volunteers come together every year since 1992 to give the Chicago and Calumet Rivers a good spring cleaning on Chicago River Day, part of our effort to create a Litter Free Chicago-Calumet river system.  The river system provides critical habitat for all sorts of animals from migratory birds to beavers, mink, turtles and over 75 species of fish. It's health is rebounding but litter remains a stubborn problem. Have fun, get inspired by fellow volunteers, and make a positive impact on the health of the river cleaning the watershed from Lake County to the Calumet.

Check out Chicago River Day FAQs here.

Every year Friends features one of the many creatures who call the Chicago-Calumet River system home to help illustrate the importance of caring for this important habitat. Check back to discover the 2024 featured creature!

Listen to the WBEZ story on last years event here: WBEZ Features Chicago River Day.

Interested in helping clean up throughout the year? Check out opportunties on the Litter Free Chicago-Calumet River initiative page here.

Litter is one of the most stubborn environmental problems we face. Working together with amazing friends, members, volunteers, partners like REI, Shedd Aquarium, Waste Management, and Loyola University's Dr. Tim Hoellein, and the visionary steadfast support of the Mars Wrigley Foundation, we can create a Litter Free Chicago-Calumet river system.