Chicago River Student Congress - All Students Welcome

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The Chicago River Student Congress brings students together to celebrate the Chicago-Calumet River system. Learn about river issues from peers and professionals, enjoy snacks and giveaways, and view live animals.

Saturday, February 24, 2024
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago

Free and open to all students in the Chicago region

Download the Invitation & Registration Packet
Download the Registration Form only (fillable PDF)

The Student Congress is a student-led environmental conference highlighting student service-learning in the Chicago-Calumet River system. Students share their knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with their peers. Students can present and/or attend informative workshops and view displays created by students from all over the watershed and by professionals from colleges, non-profits and government agencies. All students are welcome, and it is especially geared towards those of middle school and high school ages.

We are looking for volunteers who can help us with registration, workshop monitoring, way-finding and more. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

View directions, parking instructions, and campus maps

Free Event Parking in Lot D
Opening and closing ceremonies will be in Building E
All workshoops and displays will be in Bernard Brommel Hall (BBH)

If you have questions about becoming part of the Student Congress, contact Mark Hauser at

This Year's Theme:
Streaming Forward to Our Future

Improving the Chicago-Calumet River system can seem a big task. But all big tasks are made up of smaller problems that we can overcome together. What can you do to improve the river for your community? Learn what students across the watershed are doing to care for the river, watch over it, and to improve it. We should all be part of the discussion as we propose solutions. This year’s Congress will allow students to have fun as they share what they know about the river and how they serve to make it better. During the Congress, students can teach workshops, attend workshops, visit exhibits, and interact with college students and many different river professionals.

Thank you to Northeastern Illinois University and the United States Environmental Protection Agency for funding this year’s Student Congress.

Please note: Friends of the Chicago River and Northeastern Illinois University plan to capture photographs and video of this event. Be aware that if you or your child attends, you are consenting to the possibility that your child’s image and likeness (and your image if you attend) may be shared or published for marketing-communications purposes such as social media. This also applies to teachers who attend the event. Please alert the photographer if you don’t want your photograph taken.