The Otter Society Presents: Bridgehouse Museum Happy Hour Speaker Series Event

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Recreation in the Chicago River: Cleaner Water and the Chicago River Swim

Thursday, August 8

5 - 6 p.m. 

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk

 

Speakers:

  • John Quail, Director of Policy and Conservation, Friends of the Chicago River
  • Doug McConnell, CEO and Co-Founder of A Long Swim

What is the Otter Society?

Supporting Friends in our efforts to improve the Chicago River, members of The Otter Society are those individuals and businesses that make a generous annual commitment of $1,500 or more to Friends of the Chicago River to continue the renaissance of this great natural resource. Choosing to invest in the thoughtful restoration and revitalization of the Chicago-Calumet River system and making it a priority in one’s philanthropy works to ensure that the renaissance will robustly continue and the river otter will return and stay. The river otter has already been spotted in our north branch waters. Join our Otter Society today by making a donation online or giving us a call at 312.939.0490.

Event details:

Join us at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum to learn from expert speakers who bring to life key aspects of the Chicago-Calumet River system, wildlife, and related topics such as public art along the river. Enjoy local beverages out on our riverfront plaza while you learn about the river's revival. 

This event is free and open to the public, and donations to Friends of the Chicago River are encouraged to support the Bridgehouse Museum's programming.

Located in the southwest bridgehouse of the historic DuSable Bridge on Michigan Avenue, the Bridgehouse Museum tells the story of how the Chicago-Calumet River system changed as people's use of it changed. The five-story museum showcases a river teeming with wildlife due in large part to hard fought water-quality victories and significant restoration efforts.

Sponsors help Friends offer free programs like this and support the Bridgehouse Museum in connecting people with the history and renaissance of the Chicago-Calumet River system inside this historic landmark Bridgehouse. 

 

Full series details:

June 27: Stories of Fish Travels: Why Shedd Aquarium is tracking the journey of fish in the Chicago River

  • Austin Happel, PhD. Research Biologist focusing on freshwater ecosystems
  • Jaclyn Wegner, Senior Director Conservation Action

July 11: Can Chicago River's south branch be a River of Welcome/Rio de Bienvenida for environmental justice?

  • Project Artists: Cynthia Weiss and Delilah Salgado
  • UIC Freshwater Lab Partners: Citlalli Trujillo and Rachel Havrelock

July 25: Researchers from the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo / Black Crowned Night Herons

  • Henry Adams, Wildlife Management Coordinator, Urban Wildlife Institute
  • Liza Lehrer, Assistant Director, Urban Wildlife Institute

August 8: Recreation in the Chicago River: Cleaner Water and the Chicago River Swim

  • John Quail, Director of Policy and Conservation, Friends of the Chicago River
  • Doug McConnell, CEO and Co-Founder of A Long Swim