Twenty years ago, Friends of the Chicago River started Chicago River Day with 25 volunteers who dragged shopping carts, mattresses, and plastic bags from its banks. Today, this inspiring event has grown to 4,000 volunteers at 65 locations along the Chicago River.
Celebrate this amazing milestone through Chicago River Day 20/20 – 20 days of events and activities that commemorate this milestone and get people involved. There is something for everyone so scroll through the calendar on the website and see what you can do. Events include lectures, tree planting, tours and, of course, Chicago River Day.
Celebrate Earth Day by attending one of the many upcoming stewardship events coming up soon! Can’t make it? Check out our Event Calendar, which will be updated with exciting opportunities from stewardship events to festivals and everything in between to celebrate Earth Day all year long.
Explore Stewardship Across Chicago
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get outside and clean up Chicago? Events occur all month long. Register, if requested, with the event host and send any questions to the event contact. Most sites offer gloves, bags and other necessary materials. Please bring your own snacks and water bottle. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and activity. Comfortable shoes that can get dirty are recommended. All events are kid-friendly – feel free to bring the whole family!