Big Fish Ball Silent Auction is Open

Our Big Fish Ball silent auction is open. The silent online auction offers more than 60 items including gorgeous vacation packages in Puerto Vallarta, Nova Scotia, and Tuscany, and more. Other special items include fun Chicago entertainment packages to the Black Ensemble Theater, Zanies comedy club, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


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The 17th Annual Big Fish Ball – our largest fundraising event of the year – brings together hundreds of Friends’ supporters, partners, and civic leaders at the Westin Chicago River North hotel overlooking the Main Stem of the Chicago River. Also at the gala event, Friends will honor the recipients of the Chicago River Blue Awards, which celebrate the highest achievement in river-sensitive designs for the protection and improvement of the Chicago-Calumet River system and surrounding watersheds. The evening will conclude with a beautiful After Party Cruise on the Chicago River.

A special thank you to our Big Fish Ball sponsors whose generosity makes the festive celebration possible. 

We have a boat only option too!

For those of you who cannot attend the tasty dinner and get your photo taken with an owl or opossum, you can sign up for the After Party Cruise and support Friends while you enjoy a magical river tour.