Chicago River Masquerade Virtual Cruise

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Enjoy the best virtual river cruise in Chicago!

See iconic and lesser known Chicago architecture on a virtual boat tour designed by Chicago Detours and learn about the river's transformation from experts from Friends of the Chicago River who will be stopping by to answer your questions in the chat box.

This uniquely designed virtual experience uses 360-degree Google Street View images to simulate virtual travel. Your professional and expert guide from Chicago Detours will go beyond dates and names to weave a timeline of Chicago history as seen through the landscape.

Did you know that Friends was involved in the making of the first Google "street view" of the Chicago River? Learn more here.

About Chicago Detours: We bring curious people to explore, learn and interact on live, virtual tours of Chicago history and architecture for corporate team building. Visit to learn more.

Are you Interesting in having a dinner cruise? Please check out the menu here and order your dinner, fun snacks, and cocktail kits from Entertaining Company.

Prepare for an Otterly Fun Good Time!

Our masquerade cruise is a signature event of Born to Be Wild, a celebration of the river and its amazing wildlife.

Your $100 ticket includes a donation of $75 along with your general admission ticket. As our thanks, you'll receive an animal mask plus more fun items such as a Friends of the Chicago River pint glass in your Born to Be Wild-Thank You-Party Pack. If you have questions, please send an email to

Your Born to Be Wild Party Pack will be delivered to your door by Friends' volunteers from October 22 to October 28 if you live in the Chicagoland area. Friends will contact you by email to make arrangements for delivery. Other arrangements can be arranged if you want it mailed to you. See $100 ticket for more information and the fun items that you will receive.

Save the dates! From October 25 to November 5, 2020, Friends has planned several public events and fundraisers in support of Friends of the Chicago River and its mission to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants, and animals.

Visit the Born to Be Wild webpage to check out other events scheduled, including the silent auction.

Additional Info

The virtual masquerade cruise is a Zoom meeting. You will receive the link and passcode approximately seven days before the event.

A big shout out and thanks to Chicago Detours for partnering with Friends on our first virtual cruise!

Thank you to our sponsors: CIBC, Molson Coors Beverage Company, PepsiCo, and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

This virtual cruise is hosted by Friends' Otter Society and Tributary Committee. To learn more about them, please visit Otter Society and Tributary Committee.

Interested in supporting Friends' wildlife habitat projects? Visit channel catfish or osprey.

Visit to learn more about our work and to join as a member.

Call to Action

Wildlife species are vanishing at at an alarming rate across the planet because of human activity including a potential loss of nearly 400 North American bird species. The Chicago River system can play a role in the solution. Join our call to action to do something about it...starting now. Support our efforts in landscape-scale restoration projects that continue to increase native turtles' nesting success as well as our other habitat projects for channel catfish, bats, and ospreys through your ticket purchases.

Friends' new Wildlife Conservation Framework Plan lays the foundation to develop a strategic approach to wildlife protection and awareness of the role that you can play to keep our wildlife from extinction and ensure reproductive success so those born wild can stay wild.