Tributary Committee

Improving and Protecting the Chicago River for Our Generation

April Events

Friends is thrilled that REI Co-Op has partnered with Half Acre Beer to offer a limited-edition brew, "Lucky Catfish Lager." 

To celebrate this beer brewed in honor of the Chicago River system and Friends, the Tributary Committee and other supporters are gathering at the Half Acre's Balmoral location on Wednesday, April 10, to buy a pint or more of draft Lucky Catfish Lager, play board games, and hang out. The tap room also offers a menu of food options. Last, but not least, you can buy 16 oz. cans of Lucky Catfish Lager to take home. The cans are available only at Half Acre's tap rooms on Balmoral or Lincoln Avenue starting April 5.  

REI and Half Acre Beer Co are donating 10% of Lucky Catfish Lager sales to Friends. 

Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 6 p.m. and onwards. 
Location: 2050 W. Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Note: the entrance is not on Balmoral but on the back side of the building where there is also parking.

February Events



The Tributary Committee kicked off 2019 with their first happy hour fundraiser to support the Chicago River system  The event raised more than $5,000 for Friends' mission.

Thank you to Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Meeting Tomorrow and Arcadis for their sponsorship and for David Wong and Grant Crowley for underwriting food and beverages.

Past November and December Events

Thursday November 8 - Winter Fundraiser meeting, Northern Trust Company

Tuesday, November 13 - Trivia night at Theory (9 W. Hubbard) in River North

Saturday, November 17 – Inspire 2018 Auxiliary Board Summit hosted by All A-Board Alliance 

Thursday December 13 - General meeting.

about the tributary committee

We are a group of energized emerging leaders committed to helping make the Chicago River one of the greatest rivers in the world!

 All Tributary Committee members will:

  • Join at the Black-Crowned Night Heron Level ($156 total/$13 per monthly option/$1 for each mile of the river)—join here
  • Commit to raise $500 each year in cash or in-kind donations (includes membership)
  • Commit to one volunteer event a year
  • Assist with two fundraising events each year
  • Attend quarterly Tributary Committee meetings
  • Have the opportunity to join a variety of sub-committees
  • Have access to networking events with other Tributary Committee members and Friends’ Board of Directors
  • Have access to opportunities to learn about ecology, history, and planning of the Chicago River system 

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